Movie buffs say hello to the big screen

Ayrshire Post - - Girvan News - Abi Smil­lie

It’s time to grab your pop­corn as Bal­lantrae gets set to wel­come a Com­mu­nity Cinema.

With the sup­port of so­cial en­ter­prise, Drift­wood Cinema, the Bal­lantrae Trust will be­gin screen­ing films in the Church and Com­mu­nity Hall as of to­mor­row ( Thurs­day).

A host of films, in­clud­ing fam­ily friendly ap­pro­pri­ate, will gift res­i­dents with the cinema ex­pe­ri­ence with­out the travel has­sle and ex­pense.

Andy McAlpine, Chair of The Bal­lantrae Trust said: “Ac­cess to the cinema for peo­ple in Bal­lantrae is an on­go­ing prob­lem be­cause the near­est venues are so far away.

“Films are oc­ca­sion­ally shown at the Ryan Cen­tre in Stran­raer ( 18 miles), Gir­van Li­brary ( 13 miles), New­ton Ste­wart The Cinema ( 30 miles), and May­bole Car­rick Cen­tre ( 25 miles) – so vis­its in­volve driv­ing long dis­tances, of­ten in bad weather.

“Many mem­bers of Bal­lantrae’s age­ing pop­u­la­tion do not have ac­cess to a car, and pub­lic trans­port links par­tic­u­larly in the evening and win­ter months, are not good.

“Lone­li­ness and iso­la­tion can there­fore be a prob­lem.

“The Trust’s Cul­tural Events Pro­gramme – in­clud­ing film – helps to ad­dress that.” Bal­lantrae’s pro­gramme of films for Oc­to­ber 2018 to Jan­uary 2019 is:

• Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11 - Won­der ( 6pm) and Find­ing Your Feet ( 8pm).

• Fri­day, Novem­ber 16 – Peter Rab­bit ( 6pm) and The Guernsey Lit­er­a­ture and Potato Peel Pie So­ci­ety ( 8pm)

• Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10 – The Red Tur­tle ( time TBC)

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at: drift­wood­cin­ema. org and on Face­book at @ Drift­woodMovies.

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