Doors close on cin­ema

The Oban Times - - News -

A HIGH­LAND com­mu­nity- owned cin­ema, which opened one week prior to the Oban Phoenix Cin­ema in 2012, has had to close its doors.

Pa­pers lodged at Wick Sher­iff court on July 24 show that Thurso Cin­ema is to be wound up by Her Majesty’s Rev­enue and Cus­toms.

The com­pany, The Thurso Cin­ema, Lim­ited, ran Thurso on be­half of the com­mu­nity group which owned the build­ing. The com­pany had made a bid to run Oban Phoenix Cin­ema but the plans were re­jected by the vol­un­teer board.

Cin­ema con­venor Louise Glen-Lee said: ‘It is a real shame to see a cin­ema close. At one point our hands were al­most forced to go into part­ner­ship with the op­er­at­ing com­pany at Thurso and it is thanks to a strong board and the sup­port of the com­mu­nity that we de­cided to con­tinue to keep our cin­ema in the hands of lo­cal peo­ple.

‘It would have been a great shame if we had gone into a part­ner­ship be­cause we could also have been look­ing at clo­sure to­day. We have had good sum­mer trad­ing and we are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing plenty of visi­tors over the win­ter.’

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