And We’re Off!

This past week has been fairly momentous for us – after a 6 month break, Screen Machine finally got back on the road with screenings in Tighnabruaich and Ardrishaig. We were delighted to see screenings well attended, particularly of Tenet and Hope Gap, albeit with a new capacity of 20. We are having teething problems with our on-line box office system, so we may advertise films only a few days before our arrival. If you do book tickets, we’ll e-mail to you a brief survey afterwards, just as we are ‘leaving town’ to ask what you thought of our service and the various new measures we have put in place. For a reminder of our up-coming visits, please follow this link:

Photo credit: Iain MacColl



Government restrictions, and Their Impact on Screen Machine

It’s been another tough week in terms of the rise in coronavirus cases, and increased restrictions brought in by the Scottish Government. We remain very grateful that cinemas continue to be able to operate. Indeed, a visit to the cinema is fast becoming the only option for anyone who wants to enjoy a cultural activity outside of their own home. That’s largely because cinemas have put in place many mitigating factors: 2m physical distancing, provision of hand sanitizer, compulsory face coverings, enhanced cleaning regime among them. Additionally, Screen Machine has a top-of-the-range air ventilation system, which constantly brings in fresh air from the outside. Please be assured that we keep a very close eye on any and all changes. The 10pm curfew means that we will not be able to start any screenings at 10pm or after – but that does not affect Screen Machine as we don’t start films any later than 9pm. The Rule of Six means that if you are attending Screen Machine with someone who is not in your household, you must select seats which are 2m distanced from each other. We’re confident that we are bringing you a safe and reliable cinema experience.



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Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

This week’s Top Pick is The Court Jester, chosen by Robert, while our four other recommendations are from Drew.

The Court Jester (1956, U)
Talking Pictures TV, 2.40pm on Tuesday 29 September
Danny Kaye is a marmite performer: you either love or hate him. I’m in the first camp, and for me this is his best film. Kaye is surrounded by a wonderful cast, especially Basil Rathbone at his most villainous, Cecil Parker at his fluffiest, and a feisty Glynis Johns. It’s uproariously funny and inventive right from the outset, and the pace never lets up. The sumptuous designs and colour photography are positively eye-popping. Truly a film for all the family—and remember, the pellet with the poison is in the vessel with the pestle…


Cop Land (1997, 18)
ITV4, 9pm on Friday 25 September
In this crime thriller crammed full of famous names, Sylvester Stallone plays a New Jersey sheriff whose town is inhabited by corrupt New York City police officers that operate with impunity. But escalations of their behaviour and outside pressures make him question his position.


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968, U)
5STAR, 1.40pm on Saturday 26 September
You better start warming up your vocal cords so you can sing along to this classic of musical cinema. Adapted from the Ian Fleming novel, with its script co-written by Roald Dahl, Dick Van Dyke stars as inventor Caractacus Potts who builds the eponymous flying car.


The Thin Red Line (1998, 15)
Paramount Network, 10.10pm on Saturday 26 September
From Terence Malick comes this ponderous depiction of American soldiers fighting in the Pacific during WWII. Featuring many star names in incidental roles, Malick takes a deeper look at the soldiers as they try to deal with the horrors of war, which are at odds with their beautiful natural surroundings.


About Time (2013, 12A)
Channel 5, 4.35pm on Sunday 27 September
This romantic comedy from Richard Curtis stars Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson as a father and son who can travel backwards through time. While this offers many comedic moments, the film’s core is about us having to make tough choices in our lives, which makes the smaller moments all the more sweeter to savour.



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