And the Os­car for the most re­mote cin­ema goes to...

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Lucy Gray

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

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