THE SILVER SCREEN returned to Buckie last week – and one of the first customers to claim a ticket was local MSP Stewart Stevenson.
Mr Stevenson hailed the first showing courtesy of Film Mobile Scotland, who screened ‘Hotel Transylvania 2’ – the MSP taking his god-daughter along.
Cinema showings in the Buckie Community High School are the culmination of a process that was started by three Modern Studies pupils who wrote to the MSP lobbying for the town to have a cinema once again.
Mr Stevenson took the matter up with Film Mobile Scotland, a company who bring cinema experiences to those communities without their own cinema, and Director Ian Brown stated he would be extremely interested in bringing this service to Buckie – but required the support of the local community to do so.
Mr Stevenson then involved the Buckie Regeneration Group and local councillors Gordon McDonald and Sonya Warren, along with Buckie Community High School Rector Neil Johnston, and the result was last weekend’s offering.
The MSP said: “I think this can be described as a great success, particularly if the reaction of my young viewing companion is anything to go by.
“Furry monsters seemed to be a great hit with the youngsters who turned out to see the first film in Buckie for decades. Next month, the latest James Bond film comes to Buckie and I’m sure that will prove a hit with all ages.
“This has been a real lesson in what community action can achieve and I am pleased to have played a small part in making it happen. It’s now up to the people of Buckie to support their local cinema.”
Film Mobile Scotland will return to the town on Sunday, December 6 when the new James Bond film ‘Spectre’ will be shown.