Cinema’s crackle and hiss in vin­tage ve­hi­cle

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

MOVIE buffs may mix with petrol­heads this week­end in a ’60s mo­bile Com­mer truck­based mo­bile cinema.

The vin­tage mini cinema, nick­named Au­drey, is open­ing its doors for one night only from 5pm on Sun­day to cel­e­brate Camp­bel­town Pic­ture House (CPH) be­ing de­clared one of Scot­land’s Hid­den gems.

The event will take place in front of CPH on Hall Street, where 22 peo­ple per free show­ing can ad­mire, pho­to­graph or hop on board.

Au­drey is the last re­main­ing ve­hi­cle of seven mo­bile cine­mas which were made for the Min­istry of Tech­nol­ogy in the 1960s to pro­mote mod­ern pro­duc­tion tech­niques.

The scheme ended in 1974 and all the cine­mas were auc­tioned.

Af­ter rot­ting in a field in Es­sex for years, Au­drey was res­cued in 2005 and un­der­went an au­then­tic restora­tion on the out­side.

Mod­ern AV equip­ment with a 1930s ‘tra­di­tional’ cinema feel was added to the in­side, as well as 22 orig­i­nal art deco seats.

The Vin­tage Mo­bile Cinema has ap­peared on Ge­orge Clarke’s Amaz­ing Spa­ces and the Reel His­tory of Bri­tain, a 20-part se­ries pre­sented by Melvyn Bragg. Au­drey has also at­tended fes­ti­vals and events of all shapes and sizes across the UK.

With more than 700 votes, Camp­bel­town Pic­ture House was crowned as one of Scot­land’s six most spec­tac­u­lar Hid­den Gems in Au­gust 2017 as part of Scot­land’s Year of His­tory, Heritage and Ar­chae­ol­ogy.

Pur­pose-built

CPH was one of the first pur­pose-built cine­mas in Scot­land, the old­est which has al­ways op­er­ated for sole cinema use, and one of very few at­mo­spheric style cine­mas still in ex­is­tence in the world.

CPH is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a £3.5 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion and restora­tion and is due to re­open in the au­tumn.

Up­graded fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a brand new sec­ond screen.

Ellen Main­wood, gen­eral man­ager at CPH, said: ‘We’re all so proud of the im­por­tance of our town’s pic­ture house so to wel­come Au­drey, another sig­nif­i­cant part in the story of Bri­tish cinema, is a real treat.

‘We’re hugely ap­pre­cia­tive of ev­ery­one who voted and this will surely bode well for when the cinema re­opens in a few weeks.’

To learn more about the screen­ings, visit: Facebook.com/Camp­bel­townPic­tureHouse

The vin­tage mo­bile cinema Au­drey.

An in­side view of Au­drey.

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