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Upgrade of cinema equipment will enable Inverness venue to offer best possible film experience

By Val Sweeney

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James Mackenzie-Blackman, chief executive of Eden Court.
James Mackenzie-Blackman, chief executive of Eden Court.

Cinema projection equipment at Eden Court Theatre in Inverness is to be upgraded thanks to a £42,121 grant from the National Lottery,

It is among 24 projects to receive a share in the latest round of funding, totalling £491,285, allocated through Screen Scotland’s Cinema Equipment Fund.

Eden Court chief executive James Mackenzie-Blackman said the upgrade would ensure the venue could continue to offer the best possible film experience.

Its programme includes British and international independent films, live broadcasts including National Theatre and Royal Opera House, Hollywood blockbusters and the annual Inverness Film Festival.

"World-class films from world-class film-makers need world-class equipment and so we’re very grateful to Screen Scotland for this investment in our ability to deliver the best content on the best technology," Mr Mackenzie-Blackman said.

In line with the Scottish Government’s latest coronavirus guidance, all 24 projects can begin planning to welcome audiences as soon as they are able from Wednesday July 15.

Screen Scotland’s Jennifer Armitage said the round of awards concluded the year-long programme of capital investment in cultural and community cinemas in Scotland.

"When we launched the Cinema Equipment Fund last year, we had no idea what 2020 was going to bring but investing in the resilience of Scotland’s film exhibition sector is more important than ever," she said.

"When Scotland’s cinemas reopen, they will be able to offer high quality experiences, with varied programmes, and within local communities."

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "Cinema is a way of bringing people together, sharing our communities’ experience with others and increasing public understanding on a wide range of social issues and historical events.

"Now more than ever, it is important we support cultural organisations in communities across the country.

"This round of the Cinema Equipment Fund shows how we support and strengthen cinema throughout Scotland with new high-quality equipment."

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