On Sunday I was helping with a community cinema show in the Colintraive Hall, using equipment that was grant aided by Creative Scotland during the pandemic. It - along with the chosen picture Operation Mincemeat - was well received and awoke memories of my Cinema Sgire days when I toured the Western Isles showing movies in lots of village halls.
The got me thinking about how film going has changed.
Last night, for example, I watchword the Powell/ Pressburger 1941 Second World War propaganda film "The 49th Parallel" on my laptop at home , drawn to it because of hearing the Vaughan Williams opening music on the radio earlier in the week. In contest ten days ago I saw the new Gaelic film "Duthchas " in the lovely and very comfortable Screen Machine parked at the shinty pitch in Tighnabruaich .
Today however I was in Dunoon and walked past what until 1974 was the "La Scala" picture house, part of the Green's chain . When it opened in 1936 it had almost a thousand seats but now all that is left is the facade with the ground floor converted to shops. The same fate has befallen the old George Cinema in Troon which I attended often as a child.
I managed to find on line an image of it when in full operation, thanks to the Scottish Cinemas and Theatres Archive, and I have included that as an extra photo, just for contrast. There is of course still a cinema operating in Dunoon, the "Studio" which this week is screening the romantic comedy "Ticket to Paradise".
Which often the cinema was, of course.....or at least to a momentary escape from life's cares.
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