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FOR more than a century, Scots have been enthusiastic cinema-goers.
But locals on remote Out Skerries were unable to enjoy the pleasures of the silver screen – until now.
With 20 seats recycled from an Odeon in Manchester and even its own popcorn machine, Scotland’s newest picture house has opened on the archipelago in the Shetlands, serving its 70 residents.
The Schoolhouse Cinema is the brainchild of owner Chris Harris, a fire breather and magician who moved to the area about a year ago.
He said: ‘When I bought the Schoolhouse I realised quite early on it was a big house and I thought it would be a shame having just room after room.’
The film buff has about 4,000 DVDs and already owned a projector and red velvet curtain.
Moviegoers can snack on snow cones while enjoying the experience of Dolby surround sound, and Mr Harris hopes to soon install a hotdog machine.
He said: ‘I’ve always found in life that when things are getting a bit hard, there’s nothing like going to the cinema and escaping – even if it’s an hour-and-a-half or two hours of escapism, it’s something for the soul.’
For the grand opening last weekend, a full house enjoyed a showing of Stuart Little 2 at no charge.
Mr Harris said the cinema would continue to offer free admissions.
Mini-plex: Locals on remote Out Skerries now have their own cinema, circled Just the ticket: Cinema has 20 former Odeon seats – and its own Oscar statuette