Screen Machine Service: Back on the Road

Screen Machine is finally back on the road, with our first screenings taking place in Tighnabruaich today and tomorrow.

We’re a little bit behind schedule in putting more tickets on sale, so we’d ask you to please keep an eye out for our paper posters, e-newsletters and social media, so that you know as soon as tickets are available. Due to physical distancing, we can sell only 20 tickets for each screening. Please be assured that the new ‘Rule of 6’ does not apply to cinemas.

We’ll be visiting the following locations in the coming weeks:

Friday 18 & Saturday 19th, Tighnabruaich
Monday 21 to Wednesday 23, Ardrishaig**
Thursday 24 to Sunday 27, Port Ellen
Monday 28 and Tuesday 29, Jura
Thursday 1 to Sunday 4, Tobermory
Monday and Tuesday 6, Bunessan
Thursday 8 to Saturday 10, Castlebay
Monday 12 and Tuesday 13, Daliburgh
Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15, Taigh Chearsabhagh***
Friday 16 to Sunday 18, Liniclate
Monday 19 and Tuesday 20, Tarbert Harris

** We’re not able to park in our usual place in Lochgilphead, so for this visit we’ll be at the Egg Shed Carpark at Ardrishaig.
*** We’re not able to park in our usual spot at Lochmaddy, so for this visit we’ll be at Taigh Chearsabhagh

If you do come along to the Screen Machine, we’d love to have your feedback. So we’ll be sending a brief survey to everyone who books tickets, and we’ll use your responses to make improvements to our service.

Click here to watch our short film about our return to service and the changes we’ve put in place. It features pre-pandemic footage of Barra and Raasay, and appearances by our Senior Operator Iain McColl and Tighnabruaich usher Fiona Irvine. The soundtrack was written and performed by Scottish musician Laurie Cameron, and is called Back From the Brink. Her latest album has been long-listed for Scottish Album of the Year.

In all locations, we’ll be screening Tenet (pictured above), Hope Gap and Trolls World Tour. A few lucky locations will be able to see Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – a documentary about Elvis’ first residency in Las Vegas in 1970, as well as a few other classics.


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Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week Shona has chosen Chicago as our Top Pick, Morvern has four other recommendations for you to check out tonight and tomorrow.

Chicago (2002, 12A)
5Star, 9pm on Saturday 19 September
Repeated: 10pm on Thursday 24 September
Get your high kicks ready for the film adaptation of the 1975 Broadway hit show, featuring dazzling fantasy musical numbers and the famous city (and accent) as its backdrop. Garnering a clutch of Oscar awards and nominations, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger star with Richard Gere in this story of stardom, corruption and “all that jazz”.


The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1943, PG)
Film4, 1.05pm on Friday 18 September
Though I’ve never caught this Preston Sturges outing myself (yet), I was struck by positive online reviews for this apparent loveable comedy produced during WWII. And with a tagline of “It’s a miracle that so many laughs could be packed into one picture!” what could go wrong? What we need now more than ever is laughs!


Night of the Creeps (1987, 18)
Horror Channel, 9pm on Friday 18 September
A classic bit of 80s horror sci-fi fun, this slug-zombie curio takes place during the night of the fraternity dance, causing leading actor Tom Atkins to utter the immortal lines: “I’ve got good news and bad news girls – the good news is your dates are here. The bad news is… they’re dead!”


Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991, PG)
Channel 5, 2pm on Saturday 18 September
A classic Hollywood blockbuster of the best kind, RHPoT sees Kevin Costner and his companion Morgan Freeman return home after the crusades to face the tyranny of Alan Rickman’s iconic role as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Another immortal line from Rickman to Costner’s Robin Hood: “Locksley! I’m gonna cut your heart out… with a spoon!”


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016, 12A)
Film4, 9pm on Saturday 18 September
Director Tim Burton transposes this popular bestselling children’s book into his very distinctive cinematic universe. Dubbed as Burton’s ‘X-Men’, the film celebrates the peculiar aspects of ourselves that make us all different from each another. Might contain scary scenes for younger viewers.



We’ll be back with more news next week. We hope that you all have a great week and stay well.