New manager appointed to cinema

Ellen Mainwood will be taking on the key role of manager.

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It is not just the building work on Campbeltown Picture House that is going well, the news this week is that the work building the team to run the refurbished cinema is also progressing with the announcement of the new manager.

Ellen Mainwood will be taking on this key role. Ellen has family connections with Kintyre, through her aunt who grew up in Machrihanish.

Before moving to Campbeltown, Ellen was general manager at the Duke’s at Komedia Picturehouse in Brighton. Her cinema managerial experience has included the Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford and Cinema 3 in Pukekohe, New Zealand where she managed the fitting out and opening of the new town’s new three-screen cinema.

Ellen said she is thrilled to be coming to the Wee Toon and the Picture House.

‘I’ve been aware of the Picture House and its historic significance from family connections to the town and, having heard stories of Saturday afternoons at the Wee Pictures, I am absolutely delighted to be a part of this new chapter in the beautiful building’s life.’

Her aunt went to school with the younger Peter Armour and remembers him seeing all the films and retelling the plots the next day at school.

Campbeltown Picture House Centenary Project is progressing well with the recent completion of the specialist painting of the ceiling and the internal scaffolding being taken down. This is soon to be followed with the dismantling of the external hoarding on Hall Street. The physical aspects of the project are exhibiting a tantalising glimpse of the restoration project reaching its final stages.