Cinema receives commendation at London awards

Campbeltown Picture House.
Campbeltown Picture House. Screen one 1

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Campbeltown Picture House (CPH) is celebrating after receiving a Highly Commended honour at an awards ceremony attended by Dame Judi Dench.

CPH just missed out on being named Cinema of the Year in the 24 screens or under category at this year’s Screen Awards, at which Dame Judi picked up an outstanding achievement award.

The annual awards ceremony, now in its 10th year, is organised by Screen International to celebrate excellence in UK film distribution, exhibition and marketing. This year it was held in London on November 28 and was hosted by Sally Phillips.

CPH was up against Keswick Alhambra Cinema, The Castle Cinema in Hackney, The Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness, Parkway Cinema Beverley, Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast, London’s Prince Charles Cinema and the Rio Cinema in Hackney, with the latter being crowned the overall winner.

The judging panel was made up of industry professionals in film production and distribution. Some of their comments about CPH were: ‘An astonishing project given the context and location’, ‘Innovative and groundbreaking while losing no sense of tradition’, and ‘It’s a fantastic refurbishment and the impact of a project like this on its locale cannot be overestimated’.

The cinema’s manager Ellen Mainwood said: ‘It was a great honour to have CPH recognised at the Screen Awards especially with such strong competition in our category.

‘All of the cinemas were more than worthy so we’re delighted that the judges picked us for a special mention.’