Let’s bring cinema back to Burntisland

Karen Allan outside the Toll Centre
Karen Allan outside the Toll Centre

THE Toll Centre in Burntisland is mounting a bid to run its own community cinema, and it is looking for people to help.

The project is being championed by the centre’s management committee in a bid to raise much-needed funds to secure the future of the popular community centre.

And, following a trial run with a screening of Disney Pixar’s ‘Brave’ at the weekend, it is now looking to set up a sub committee to take forward plans to establish the first cinema in the town since the Palace in the High Street closed in the early 1970s.

Members are appealing to anyone with an interest in films to get in touch to help put together a committee of between six and 10 members to develop its plans, with help from an established community cinema group in Colinsburgh.

Colinsburgh Community Cinema members helped the Toll Centre with its first screening on Sunday which saw over 60 children and parents pack the hall. It provided the equipment needed to show the film and also offered advice to the novice Toll Centre volunteers on the way forward.

Bridget Fraser (39), a member of the management committee, explained: “We receive a small grant from Fife Council towards running costs, but everything else we have to fundraise for. We are now a registered charity, and we were throwing out fundraising ideas when we came up with showing films in the hall and charging a small entrance fee for the public.

“‘Brave’ was our trial run and it was very successful, so we thought we could maybe make it a more permanent thing and have been looking into the idea.”

The next step is for the centre to join the British Federation of Film Societies, which costs £40 a year to join. And for each film it shows, it has to pay a £100 licence fee, but will be able to share equipment with others in Colinsburgh, Milnathort and Glenfarg.

Karen Allan, manager of the Toll Centre added: “Our committee is small and we all work or have other commitments, so we want to set up a sub committee to run the cinema project. We would like a mix of ages so they could choose which films would appeal to different ages. We have a ready made audience from the playgroup and after school club, so we want to show lots of children’s films, but we would also hope to start showing films for grown ups.”

The centre plans to start showing films around September, and would aim for around one a month.

“The nearest cinema is in Dunfermline and it costs an arm and leg if you are planning a family trip. We want to keep the costs down and offer an alternative to families in the town.”

Anyone interested should call the Toll Centre on (01592) 872854.