The Illusionist – Expanded Cinema

See it, smell it, taste it. Screen Machine brings you our first ever Expanded Cinema experience with this screening of the beautiful 2010 animation, The Illusionist, made in Scotland, by a French director working here, and involving the work of many Scottish illustrators. There are lots of added sensory experiences to bring the film to life – from Paris in 1959 to the tastes and smells of a Scottish island. This highly acclaimed animation is a love-letter to Scotland and tells the story of a French vaudeville magician, who finds himself out of work and tries his luck in Britain. Finally reaching a remote Scottish island, he meets a young woman who believes that he really can do magic. Devoted to him, she follows him to the Edinburgh, gloriously depicted in the 1950s. But his extravagant gifts to her soon drive him into debt, and the girl falls in love with their handsome young neighbour. There are plenty lovely comic moments in this charming, gently melancholy film. We have been working with New Media Scotland on this unique production. Stimulating your senses throughout the screening with bespoke flavours and fragrances for you to enjoy in sync with the film will be Scent Technician Ericka Duffy. We are delighted to have worked with local producers on Arran to put together the pack of items to eat, drink and smell. The pack will contain alcohol and dairy items, but a non-alcoholic alternative will be available. The Illusionist has a PG cert, only those aged 18 or over will be provided with a pack containing alcohol. Screen Machine’s refurbishment has been carried out by a France-based team, so we hope that you will agree that this very special screening of The Illusionist is a fitting way to celebrate our Alliance. “Bittersweet, moving and utterly beautiful: a love letter to cinema and to Scotland.” Empire “an exquisite, gently comic and elegiac film” Observer

All seating is unreserved. If there is a particular area of the auditorium that you like to sit in, then please arrive in good time.

If you are a wheelchair user, please book directly with us by emailing at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time.

Please note that we offer refunds only if we are forced to cancel a screening – perhaps due to very bad weather or a mechanical problem. If you book tickets, and then fall ill, we will not offer a refund and recommend that you pass your tickets on to friends or family.

Adults £9, Concessions £6.50

Concessions are available for: 15-and-under, 16 to 25, Students, 60 and over, Disabled and Claimants.

All under 14 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or 21+ year old guardian at screenings starting after 8:00pm.

Any remaining tickets not sold online are made available on the door 30 mins prior to performance, on a first come first served basis.

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