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Comrie Cinema ClubBefore the residents of Comrie came together to form a club, locals faced a 52-mile round trip to access their nearest cinema. But, with the aid of grants from the Lottery and various trusts, Comrie Cinema Club was born, bringing much-needed entertainment to this rural Perthshire village.

Cinema equipment was bought, and volunteers learned how to fundraise, procure film licences, operate equipment and publicise their events. The club shows around 20 films per year, runs a successful film festival every two years, and also brings in speakers and hosts debates.

“Our volunteers cover a wide age range and we are all connected by our mutual love of the arts and film, our desire to make things happen in our local community and our willingness to lend our skills and expand them,” says volunteer Christine Grace. “The film festivals have provided an opportunity for all the volunteers to use and expand their knowledge of cinema, programming, organising, publicising and networking. 

“We believe that quality local cinema contributes to the enhancement of living in rural Scotland, it brings people together, provokes discussions and enriches the culture of the village.”


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