We are delighted to announce that the Screen Machine service will resume on Thursday 12 November. We fully expect to be on the road and bringing the big screen experience to communities in the Highland area until 15 December, when we will take our customary Christmas and New Year break. You can see where we will be and when here.

The Scottish Government’s new Tier system gives us greater confidence to plan ahead, knowing that cinemas can operate in areas that are in Tier 0, 1 and 2. All of the safety measures that we put in place in September (you can read the details here) continue, though some have been revised. For example, feedback we received from customers following visits to six communities in September, have led us to change our ruling on face coverings. Whilst the Scottish Government requires all visitors to cinemas who are aged 5 and over* to wear a face covering for the duration of their visit, we are now permitting customers to bring food and drink to the Screen Machine – so long as you take all litter away with you—and so you can remove your mask while eating and drinking. This brings us into line with cinemas operating in other parts of Scotland. We very much hope that our customers will be happy to return to the cinema. But if not, we look forward to welcoming you back when you are ready.

Furthermore, our return has been enabled by the Scottish Government’s Independent Cinema Recovery and Resilience Fund, delivered through Screen Scotland. We are one of 32 independent cinemas in Scotland to have been supported by the Fund, which aims to bridge the immediate financial gap faced by independently owned cinemas as a result of COVID-19. Regional Screen Scotland Director, Robert Livingston, said; “The Independent Cinema Recovery Fund is a crucial measure to help to sustain cinemas across Scotland.  At Regional Screen Scotland we’re very grateful for this support, as it will allow us to begin touring again with the Screen Machine, by compensating for the box office income lost through the need to maintain 2m physical distancing. This means we can bring at least some Christmas cheer to many smaller communities in the Highlands.”

You can read the full details of the emergency funding award here.

Finally, we’d like to extend our best wishes to all of our customers – we hope that you are all well in these continuing difficult times.

The Screen Machine Team

Tuesday 3 November

* Unless you are exempt. You can read full details of exemptions here.

One thought on “Screen Machine service to resume from 12 November

  1. Hiya Robert glad your safe. Yeah it’s sad that we pretty much missed it when we were in lock down but as soon as the tourist were allowed onto the islands they brought the virus with them. Still I surpose as soon as the tourist came it’s was going to happen ach well let’s hope that all the people who were at risk of catching it have been informed and let’s hope no one slipped threw the gapes anyway let’s hope the care home is protected and we caught the virus in time anyway stay safe and let’s hope by November the virus is under control here. Anyway hope u and the family stay safe and yeah I think ur doing the right thing cos I don’t think many people would of come to the screen machine plus it only takes one person who has it and doesn’t know to infect everyone in the truck and the last thing u both want is having the virus and being stuck somewhere for 14 days plus getting ill. As u just don’t know with this virus. Anyway stay safe and stay well xxxx

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