Community cinema gets £3,000 boost

Sponsorship from Mackies of Scotland will help NEAT schedule a record 150 films, in communities without a cinema, over a year.
Sponsorship from Mackies of Scotland will help NEAT schedule a record 150 films, in communities without a cinema, over a year.
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An innovative cinema touring scheme has sweetened the deal for movie-goers in the North-East as it teams up with one of the nation’s most loved ice cream brands.

North East Arts Touring (NEAT), a registered charity and arts organisation, sends its five portable cinema screens across Aberdeenshire so that film lovers, who might not usually get the chance, can enjoy a night in front of the silver screen.

Now, a £3,000 sponsorship from Mackie’s of Scotland will help NEAT schedule a record 150 films, in communities without a cinema, over a year.

Emyr Bell, executive director, said: “For 32 years, NEAT has been bringing high quality, professional arts events to community venues across the North East of Scotland.

“Our community cinema scheme, NEAT Flicks, supports a network of dedicated volunteers to show great films to their communities, providing an experience that is accessible, sociable and fun.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with Mackie’s of Scotland this year to ensure we bring the best of cinema to local halls in the area.”

The sponsorship will help support groups across the North East with the costs of running their film programme and will be launched at Daviot Village Hall in Inverurie on Friday, June 30 with a private screening of Whisky Galore for invited guests accompanied by tubs of Mackie’s ice cream and a nip of local whisky from Glen Garioch distillery.

Karin Mackie, director of marketing at Mackie’s, said: “NEAT film screenings are a lovely way for people to relax and enjoy a film on a big screen. We’re delighted to be supporting them in their mission and can’t wait to make it along to a couple of showings in our neck of the woods – Citizen Cone, perhaps?”