Wee Toon’s Picture House is a hidden gem

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It is not just the stars who shine at Campbeltown’s cinema as the unique building has been declared one of Scotland’s gems.

Campbeltown Picture House (CPH) was recently officially named as one of Scotland’s most spectacular sites, winning a place in the top six of Dig It!’ 2017’s ‘Scotland in Six – Hidden Gems’ competition.

Twenty-eight sites were nominated and voting took place in June and July via Facebook. More than 800 votes were placed for the Picture House.

Jane Mayo, chairman of CPH owners Campbeltown Community Business Ltd, said: ‘We’re so pleased that Campbeltown Picture House has been recognised.

‘When the building re-opens later this year after a £3.5 million renovation, people will be able to enjoy a truly magical cinema enhanced with the latest technology. A very big thank you to everyone who voted for us.’

As the renovation of Campbeltown Picture House nears completion, a number of heritage activities are under way, exploring the history and people of the building and cinema going in the area.

Members of the community, both young and old, are invited to share their memories of the Picture House and the Rex cinema at a drop in session today between 1.30-5pm in Campbeltown library, Aqualibrium.

Archivist Robin Patel said: ‘We’d love to speak to anyone who has a story or memory about Campbeltown Picture House.

‘Any input would be warmly welcomed, we’re looking forward to hearing what people remember from more recent times as well as longer ago.

Those who don’t live in Campbeltown, or who can’t attend but would like to get involved may contact Robin on: collections@campbeltownpicturehouse.co.uk