£35k needed to keep showing latest films

Charles Ellis says the current projector needs replaced at The Regent in order to keep showing all the best films.
Charles Ellis says the current projector needs replaced at The Regent in order to keep showing all the best films.

Leven’s Regent Cinema is appealing for help in raising £35,000 to buy equipment to allow it to show the latest films.

The community run venture needs to purchase a digital projector as most blockbusters are no longer made in the 35mm format which it uses.

Projectionist Charles Ellis told the Mail the cinema has already missed out on income through not being able to screen films such as One Direction’s ‘This is us’.

“It’s a big problem for us,” said Charles. “The fact we don’t have a digital projector is hurting us. We are fine up until the end of the year as the big films like ‘Sunshine on Leith’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Thor’ are all in 35mm so we will get them, but after that ...”

As the cinema is a not-for-profit charity run as a community venture it doesn’t have reserves to buy the new kit.

Its committee have applied for grants from the likes of Fife Council and Scottish Screens but hope the community can play its part.

Charles continued: “In Oban someone walked in with £50,000 and other cinemas have had businesses donate money, I was hoping it could happen here but it hasn’t. It’s frustrating.

“We have Samsung and Diageo both two minutes walk from us. I hear they are very community orientated and like to get involved but haven’t heard from them.”

Anyone with fundraising ideas for the cinema, which has secured a 10-year lease of its premises with option to buy, is asked to get in touch.

“The goal of the committee is long term. We want the cinema to live long and prosper,” added Charles.