New release to be screened as cinema re-opens

David and Jane Mayo enjoying a cuppa at the cinema's outdoor seating area.
David and Jane Mayo enjoying a cuppa at the cinema's outdoor seating area.

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The recently released and much-awaited film Tenet will be among the first to be screened at Campbeltown Picture House when it re-opens today, Friday September 4.

Campbeltown Community Business announced the re-opening of the cinema after it was temporarily closed in March as the coronavirus lockdown began.

To meet stringent requirements negotiated between the Scottish Government and the UK Cinema Association to ensure the safety of cinema-goers and staff, social distancing will be maintained at 2m and the wearing of face masks will be mandatory except when consuming drinks or snacks.

Cinema manager Ellen Mainwood and her staff request the full co-operation of customers in following the guidelines.

Seating will be allocated with every other row blocked off and two seats each side of every booking.

‘This can’t be overridden so we’re asking people book their whole group in at the same time and sit in the seats marked on their tickets,’ a cinema spokesperson said. ‘Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance to each screen. Everyone must wear a mask when moving around the building but these can be removed to eat snacks while watching the film.’

All the usual methods of payment are still available but contactless payment is preferred.

‘We’re also asking that customers bring their rubbish out to the bins after their screening,’ added a cinema spookesman. ‘On this re-opening weekend we’re delighted to offer ‘pay what you can’ tickets, kindly sponsored by East Kintyre Windfarm Trust. Ticket prices range from £4 up to £10. Paying one of the higher prices, if you are able, will help the cinema survive this incredibly difficult time. The lower prices have been made available to help those less able to afford tickets.

‘The cafe is an essential element in the sustainability of our cinema. We regret not yet being able to re-open the sit-in cafe area, but our excellent coffee, hot chocolate and snacks can still be bought for consumption during screenings and take-away from Wednesday through to Sunday. Please maximise your support by spoiling yourself from our kiosk.

‘Campbeltown Picture House has only survived the pandemic to date through generous financial support by the UK and Scottish governments, funding bodies including the National Heritage Lottery Fund, the British Film Institute, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the Corra Foundation and Kintyre-based trusts and organisations. It is  hoped audience levels will soon return to normal to ensure its survival.’

Visit the cinema’s website for full details of upcoming screenings.