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For immediate release: 27 April 2023

Future of Screen Machine service secured through lease of French Cinémobile mobile cinema

  • Thanks to funding from Screen Scotland, Regional Screen Scotland (RSS) has secured a lease of a mobile cinema, following a series of mechanical issues due to the age of our current Screen Machine (SM2).
  • The lease ensures the continuation of the Screen Machine service to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland for the coming year, as we work towards the development of a new Screen Machine (SM3).

Regional Screen Scotland, the owner, operator and manager of the Screen Machine mobile cinema service, have leased a new mobile cinema – Cinémobile – from

Toutenkamion, the France based company who built the existing Screen Machine, which has been touring to 40+ locations around the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, for the past 17 years.

The Screen Machine service has brought the big screen experience to communities from Brodick to Bettyhill for 25 years. It has travelled approx 250,000 miles – that’s the equivalent of ten journeys around the world! Over time, Scotland’s famously challenging weather has unfortunately taken its toll on the existing cinema truck resulting in screenings being unavoidably cancelled.

The Cinémobile is almost identical to the existing Screen Machine, which we call SM2 (it was built by the same people!). Customers will be able to enjoy the same high technical spec from 80 comfortable seats. It will be pulled using our usual tractor unit, with its familiar blue livery, that has been used for the past two years. Customers will have their first opportunity to experience the Cinémobile in Huntly on Monday 15 May.

Hazel Wotherspoon, Chief Executive Officer of Regional Screen Scotland, said:

“We are immensely grateful to Screen Scotland for demonstrating support for Regional Screen Scotland and the much-loved Screen Machine by funding the fee to lease the Cinémobile and pledging their support as we work towards the development of SM3. The Screen Machine has been bringing joy to the Highlands and Islands for 25 years, and we are delighted, following the issues we have had with SM2 over the winter, to share the news that the service is secure for the year ahead.”

Sambrooke Scott, Screen Scotland, said:

“The Screen Machine has been bringing the full cinema experience to rural, island and remote communities for a generation, and we’re very pleased to be able to support the leasing of Cinémobile to continue that vital and much-loved service in the short-term. Screen Scotland will continue to work with RSS and partners to advocate and fundraise for a full replacement to secure the service for the next generation.”

Media details

For more information please contact:

Fiona Fowler, Marketing Officer, Regional Screen Scotland

fiona@regionalscreenscotland.org

(0131) 550 3734

Two photos of the Cinémobile are attached. Please credit Iain MacColl, Senior Operator, Screen Machine

Editors’ Notes

About Regional Screen Scotland

Regional Screen Scotland is a regularly funded client of Creative Scotland. It was set up in 2008 as an initiative of Scottish Screen, the predecessor to Creative Scotland. It helps communities to share great screen experiences by: operating the Screen Machine mobile cinema service (using Cinémobile and its predecessor SM2); providing advice and information on setting up local screen facilities; managing devolved grant aid programmes; advocating for the social and economic benefits of cinema for local communities. Find out more about us at www.regionalscreenscotland.org and via Twitter.

About the Screen Machine service

The Screen Machine service is provided through the use of two 80-seat state-of-the-art air-conditioned mobile cinemas which bring the latest films to remote and rural parts of Scotland. It is the only full-time self-contained digital mobile cinema provision service operating in the UK. Find out more about us at www.screenmachine.org.uk and via Twitter and Facebook.

The Cinémobile will tour to 30+ communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland:

Highland
BettyhillDurnessFort Augustus
GairlochGolspieKinlochbervie
KyleakinLairgLochcarron
LochalineLochinverMallaig
NewtonmoreStrontianTomintoul
Ullapool  
Argyll & Bute
Isle of CollIsle of ColonsayLochgilphead
Port Ellen, Isle of IslayTarbert, Loch FyneIsle of Tiree
Tobermory, Isle of Mull  
Western Isles
Castlebay, Isle of BarraCarinish, Isle of North UistDaliburgh, Isle of South Uist
Liniclate, Isle of BenbeculaTarbert, Isle of Harris 
East Ayrshire
Brodick, Isle of Arran  
Moray
Tomintoul  
Aberdeenshire
Huntly  
Orkney
Isle of EdayIsle of SandayIsle of Stronsay
Isle of Westray  

The following venues can unfortunately not be visited by the Cinémobile which, due to a difference in its design, prevents it from being able to negotiate certain slipways:

Isle of Eigg, Highland

Isle of Raasay, Highland

Isle of Jura, Argyll & Bute

Isle of Gigha, Argyll & Bute

Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire

Isle of Rousay, Orkney

Isle of Shapinsay, Orkney

It is yet to be established if Cinémobile can reach Tighnabruaich and Bunessan. This will only be confirmed when our Senior Operator has test driven the Cinémobile to these locations and completed risk assessments.

Due to its age, we are taking SM2 off the road, but it is available for longer-term hires as a static venue. Please contact us if you are interested in hiring the machine.

About Screen Scotland

Screen Scotland drives development of all aspects of Scotland’s film and TV industry, through funding and strategic support. Screen Scotland is part of Creative Scotland and delivers these services and support with funding from Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Find out more at screen.scot and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

About Toutenkamion Group

Toutenkamion Group is the France based European leader for design, manufacturing and customization of trucks, cabs and mobile units on trucks, semitrailers and shelters/containers. They worked with Regional Screen Scotland on the design of the existing Screen Machine mobile cinema (SM2), which has reached the end of its lifespan. Toutenkamion have made available for lease the Cinémobile, which is normally leased to events and festivals in central Europe.

4 thoughts on “Future of Screen Machine service secured through lease of Cinémobile mobile cinema

  1. Very sad to see Jura is one of the communities no longer able to use the screen machine… hopeful the needs of the excluded communities will be factored into any long term replacement. We love our visits from the screen machine.
    Jan

    1. Hello Jan. We are very sorry that Cinemobile will not be able to reach Jura, which is down to a difference in the design of the vehicle. SM2 was designed specifically for the Highlands and Islands, and we will of course factor that in to any new vehicle. We are already thinking about what, if anything, we might be able to do for our customers in Jura over the coming year. Fiona

  2. Same as Jura, I am gutted that the Screen Machine will no longer be able to come over to Raasay. What a loss 😔 It’s been such a special service to our island over the last 17 years, has it really been that long? Personally I will really miss the fantastic cinematic experience the screen machine has given us over and over again. I know Skye is lucky to still have a cinema, but with our last ferry at 6:30pm we’re unable to enjoy this facility without the extra expense of an overnight stay.

    1. Thanks for your message and kind words, Tekela. The Screen Machine team are all disappointed too, but please remember that this is a temporary situation whilst we have the lease for the Cinemobile. We will be screening The Super Mario Bros Movie in Kyleakin at 2pm on Saturday 27/05. Do you think it is a possibility that any/many will make the journey fromm Raasay? Thanks, Fiona

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