Welcome to #SundayTimes. This time next week we will be celebrating the Centenary of The Picture House in Campbeltown, on the west coast of Scotland. The cinema will celebrate its 100 year birthday with gala drinks & a screening of The Great Gatsby.
The Picture House is one of the UK’s oldest independent cinemas & the oldest continuously run, purpose-built cinema in Scotland. It is a registered charity, owned by the community & run by volunteers, one of which is my Mum (who I featured on the blog a year ago).
On the day of the Centenary, Mum & I are running the Mull of Kintyre Half-Marathon & 10k. The cinema is the official charity of the run & thanks to support from friends & family, we’re raising valuable funds for The Centenary Project.
Described by The Guardian as ‘the most beautiful cinema in the UK’ it is now in need of restoration. My Mum has been working tirelessly over the last few years on the project, which will enable the building to face its next 100 years more sustainably.
The project has already received support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic & Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, European LEADER & Argyll & Bute Council. Also grants from private trusts & foundations have been promised. But the restoration costs are likely to be in the region of £2 million, so many other fundraising efforts are needed.
Please contact me if you know anyone in film who might be able to help The Picture House & The Centenary Project. Campbeltown has a small population of only 5,000, so the future of this cinema does rely on outside support. You can read more about Campbeltown in this blog from last year.
Thank you for reading & spreading the word!
p.s. I’ve got a busy week & then heading up to Scotland, so taking a bit of #GTimeOut… I’ll be back with #WellbeingWednesday on Wednesday 29 May.
By Sarah Mayo