For immediate use: 2 July 2024

Screen Machine service will return to more islands

  • Specially designed rollers have been fitted to the Cinémobile, which will enable it to visit more communities.
  • Screen Machine is again able to visit the Isles of Cumbrae, Gigha, Eigg and Shapinsay, and also Lochaline.

Regional Screen Scotland, the operator and manager of the Screen Machine mobile cinema service, are delighted to announce that the cinema is be able to visit four more islands, and one mainland location, which have not been visited for at least 12 months. We are very grateful to FirstStage Studios for their generous financial support to enable this modification to be made to the Cinémobile.

Simon Drysdale, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Regional Screen Scotland, said:

“Since April 2023, we have been using a leased cinema – the Cinémobile. It has different dimensions to our previous cinema, which was tailor-made to negotiate Scotland’s ferries. Sadly, these different dimensions meant that certain locations could not be reached. This problem has been largely solved by working with the Cinémobile’s owners, Toutenkamion, to design rollers for the rear of the cinema trailer, which will enable it to negotiate more slip ways with greater ease. We are enormously grateful to FirstStage Studios for funding this important change to our cinema.”

Screen Machine is now able to visit 19 different islands. Unfortunately, despite this modification, it remains unable to visit the Isles of Jura, Raasay and Rousay.

Tickets for visits to the following locations will go on sale soon:

Isle of Gigha – 23 and 24 July
Millport, Isle of Cumbrae – 29 to 31 July
Isle of Eigg – 25 and 26 August

On 14 March, Regional Screen Scotland announced that Screen Scotland have provided funding to extend the lease of the Cinémobile by two years, to April 2026. This provides time to fundraise for £1.4 million for the cost of a new Screen Machine which will be built to our own specifications. The build will take 12 to 18 months to complete. We urge our customers and supporters to write to their elected representatives to tell them that the Screen Machine service must be saved.

Media details
For more information please contact:
Fiona Fowler, Interim Deputy CEO, Regional Screen Scotland
(0131) 550 3734

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); 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 and via Twitter.

About the Screen Machine service
The Screen Machine service is provided through the use of an 80-seat state-of-the-art air-conditioned mobile cinema 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 and via Twitter and Facebook.

The Cinémobile will tour to 30+ communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, including 19 islands.

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.

One thought on “Screen Machine service will return to more islands

  1. Oh wow how amazing!! My sister and I are visiting the islands in September I’m hoping we could possibly catch a screening!!

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