New projector transforms Aberdeenshire community cinema
An Aberdeenshire community-run cinema will be able to screen the latest film releases following a fundraising campaign for a new projector.

Volunteers at the 110-year-old Victoria Hall hope that with the installation of their own projector the cinema will be able to expand in their delivery of cinema services to local residents.

In the past, audiences could only visit the temporary cinema once a month as the film service was delivered by Film Mobile Scotland during their touring of the North East of Aberdeenshire.

But thanks to the installation of the new projector the volunteer-run cinema will be able to screen films every two weeks, including the latest releases on opening day.

Funding for the projector was raised with funding from Creative Scotland along with cash raised from cinema profits, donations and contributions from the hall fund.

Volunteers have been working hard to get the cinema ready for its re-opening at the end of the month. Local joiner, Alan Shand, and plasterer, Alan Donaldson have create an acoustic enclosure to house the projector, while Keith Hart and his wife have tackled the painting.

Victoria Hall committee secretary, Keith Hart, said: “Features for the acoustic enclosure include it being vented to allow for cooling and there are two web links to allow remote monitoring.

“In theory the projector can be operated remotely so I can be in my office and check on it. The web links will also provide condition monitoring of the projector so that we can check on its health.”