Lochaber cinema team re­ceives cash boost

The Oban Times - - News -

LOCHABER Cinema Group ( LCG) has re­ceived £7,500 to help to con­vert two for­mer re­tail units in Fort Wil­liam town cen­tre into a cinema seat­ing 160 peo­ple.

The cash, from the Scot­tish Land Fund, will sup­port stage one of the project which will see ar­chi­tects draw up plans for the site, then a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions will be car­ried out.

Group chair­woman Marie MacPher­son said the fund­ing was a ‘mas­sive step to­wards a Lochaber cinema’. She told the Lochaber

Times that stage-two fund­ing could be se­cured later this year if in the next six months the group has enough ev­i­dence to sup­port the project.

She said: ‘ Stage two would cover 95 per cent of the money we need to buy unit five and six, about £175,000, so we would still be about £ 5,000 short but we are look­ing into other fund­ing streams such as LEADER.’

In the next two to three months, Ms MacPher­son said LCG would hold the first of many pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions, adding: ‘ I want to get the ar­chi­tects to draw up plans so we are able to show peo­ple to give them a bet­ter idea of what we are go­ing to do.’

Last month the group started a chil­dren’s film club. Films are now be­ing shown ev­ery Satur­day in Kil­mallie Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Caol Youth Cen­tre, the Buzz Project’s Studio Two on the High Street, and the Leven Cen­tre.

The group is now look­ing for more vol­un­teers to get in­volved with the chil­dren’s club to help with the run­ning of the screen­ings.

To find out more about LCG head to its Facebook page.

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