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Cinemas enhance the cultural life of
towns throughout Scotland. The Independent cinemas also provide a focus
for the local community, not just by showing a wide range of films, but
also by the education and outreach work they engage in.
Cinemas don’t just show films, they contribute to the local economy, the community, to schools and colleges. Since it was formed, Scottish Screen has supported this activity alongside local authorities and other partners.
In 2005, consultants Inglis Todd Westbrook conducted an audit of the cinema exhibition sector – cinemas from multiplexes to part-time film theatres, film festivals, film societies and mobile cinema services – and investigated the opportunities which might exist for new partnerships, innovative activities and developments which take advantage of new digital technologies. Find out more about the Cinema Exhibition Study (zip file) on this site.
As a result of the study and consultation with the cinema sector, film industry and local authority partners, Scottish Screen developed a Cinema Exhibition Strategy (Word doc).
In 2008, Scottish Screen launched its £300,000 Digital Projection Equipment Fund to help fit-out cinemas, multi-art spaces and other venues in rural and remote areas of Scotland with equipment to enable them to project films digitally. A further £100,000 is available through HI~Arts for smaller scale organisations such as community groups and film societies.
To complement the launch of the Digital Projection Equipment Fund, Scottish Screen made a digital cinema resource, Tentpoles and Pixels, to help people understand fully the changing cinema landscape and the benefits and challenges of the changes. The resource is available to download below.