The Oban Times - - News -

TWO com­mu­nity projects in Camp­bel­town are to ben­e­fit from fund­ing from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil.

Grants will go to­wards the restora­tion of The Picture House in Camp­bel­town, and to help set up a new wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties cen­tre in the town.

A to­tal of £40,000 will go to The Picture House, and £20,000 to Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports, sub­ject to var­i­ous con­di­tions be­ing met.

The fund­ing will come from sur­plus Camp­bel­town re­gen­er­a­tion funds.

The Picture House is one of the old­est pur­pose-built cin­e­mas in Europe and the project to re­store the A-listed build­ing to its 1930s glory is al­ready at an ad­vanced stage, with the con­struc­tion phase al­most com­plete.

This fund­ing will help meet a short­fall in the restora­tion costs and with the fit­ting out of the foyer and cater­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

The money fol­lows fi­nan­cial sup­port of £190,000 al­ready ap­proved by the coun­cil for the group be­hind the project, Camp­bel- town Com­mu­nity Busi­ness (CCB).

High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE) has also in­creased its fund­ing in the project, from £ 300,000 to £ 371,388.

The grants com­bined with other lo­cal fundrais­ing will en­sure the com­ple­tion of this am­bi­tious and ex­cit­ing ven­ture.

On com­ple­tion of the £ 3.4 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion, The Picture House will pro­vide a 193-seat re­stored his­toric cin­ema au­di­to­rium which can also be used for live mu­sic, theatre and other events; a new 52-seat au­di­to­rium; new foyer and cafe; an ex­hi­bi­tion area; and a meet­ing com­mit­tee room.

The coun­cil has al­ready in­vested £190,000 in the project, with other sup­port­ers as well as HIE in­clud­ing the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, Cre­ative Scot­land, the Coastal Com­mu­ni­ties Fund and His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land.

Kin­tyre Sea­s­ports is a 14-strong part­ner­ship with Camp­bel­town Sail­ing Club the lead partner.

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