Stylish ‘city cen­tre’ cin­ema com­ing soon

Campbeltown Courier - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Davey ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­

LIKE MANY ma­jor movies the project to re­store Camp­bel­town Pic­ture House is not on sched­ule and needs con­stant bud­get re­vi­sions.

On Mon­day the chair­per­son of Camp­bel­town Com­mu­nity Busi­ness Lim­ited (CCB) Jane Mayo and project man­ager David Mayo gave Courier staff a be­hind-the-scenes tour.

Mr Mayo ex­plained that giv­ing a de­fin­i­tive open­ing date could leave peo­ple feel­ing ‘let down’, adding that the project is all about ‘do­ing the job right’, and that per­fec­tion in restor­ing the 1913 cin­ema takes time.

Mrs Mayo added: ‘Camp­bel­town is a long way from any­where and de­liv­er­ies do not al­ways come on time or com­plete. De­lays are in no-one’s in­ter­est and it is not like just do­ing up a [nor­mal] build­ing.’

Mrs Mayo said that de­lay­ing fac­tors have in­cluded a three-month wran­gle over the elec­tric­ity con­nec­tion, the late dis­cov­ery of dry rot and in­evitable weather prob­lems.

These snags have not helped with bud­get­ing and CCB ac­cepts that fig­ures con­stantly need re­vis­ing.

Mrs Mayo said: ‘Ad­di­tional costs have been in­curred and ad­di­tional fund­ing has been awarded which partly cov­ers these costs. How­ever fund­ing for the orig­i­nal bud­get still hasn’t been com­pleted, hence the need to fundraise.

‘There is about £50,000 out­stand­ing, but we are a char­ity and will al­ways be able to ac­cept fur­ther money. Lo­cal fund­ing has brought in about £125,000 of the to­tal.’

A crowd­fund­ing page set up in May this year on Vir­gin mon­ey­giv­ing had a tar­get of £20,000, but up Septem­ber 1 had raised just three per cent of that to­tal – £860 in­clud­ing gift aid.

Ir­ish con­trac­tors Cor­ramore do not have a com­ple­tion cer­tifi­cate but un­usu­ally have let CCB in to start fit­ting out the in­te­rior, in­clud­ing the seats in both screens, some car­pet­ing, the chan­dalier light­ing and sound sys­tem, and the sec­ond pro­jec­tor is also in place.

A Parisian seat­ing spe­cial­ist, Quinette Gal­lay, has sup­plied all the seats. To date 180 are funded, with 65 still to be fi­nanced – at £250 each they of­fer peo­ple the chance to be listed for pos­ter­ity on the donor’s board.

Mrs Mayo said: ‘The MS so­ci­ety has spon­sored seats with a space be­side for wheel­chairs and we have in­stalled the dual ‘love seats’ with­out a cen­tre arm­rest.

‘Ev­ery­thing is top of the range and it is go­ing to last for another 100 years.’

The Courier is un­der strict in­struc­tions not to pub­lish pho­tographs of the in­te­rior – the even­tual un­veil­ing will no doubt as­tound and de­light peo­ple.

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