Service saved… only temporarily

Customers in Tiree before a screening.

At the end of 2023 we told you that the Screen Machine service would be would down from April 2024 without urgent investment. We asked you to write to your MSPs and MPs, asking them to urge the Scottish Government to provide 50% of the cost of a brand new cinema.

We were humbled and hearted by your response. Hundreds of you showed your support by writing letters and emails. As a result, the Screen Machine service was discussed in the Scottish Parliament, featured on national media, and meetings were held between members of the Screen Machine team and senior people in the Scottish and UK governments and funding organisations. It paid off when Screen Scotland provided us with funding to extend the lease of the Cinemobile by another two years, to April 2026.

That buys us time. The only way to secure the Screen Machine service for the long-term is for us to build a new mobile cinema. Cinemobile wasn’t designed to be opened and closed every few days, and – despite modifications – it can’t reach all of our locations. It isn’t suited to be our permanent cinema. A new bespoke cinema will be better value, a greener solution, and will be able to reach all of our locations.

We must continue to apply pressure on the Scottish Government to provide funds for this new cinema. If they provide 50% of the estimated £1.7m cost then we can place a deposit and begin the build of the new cinema, which will take 12-18 months to complete. Only when that sum is secured will we embark on a fundraising campaign to bring in the balance.

We’ve come a long way in six months. We couldn’t have done it without you, but we still need your support. We’re asking you to contact your MSPs, MPs, the First Minister, and Cabinet Secretaries, either again or for the first time.

Visit our Write to Your MSP or MP page to see who your representatives are and what we recommend you say.

Help us turn a temporary fix into long-term solution to see your cinema service secured until the 2040s.