Around 80 people attended the launch night of The Mobile Cinema at the Ardrossan Church of the Nazarene on Saturday evening. The audience were treated to a showing of the animated musical Trolls on an impressively huge screen accompanied by superb cinema sound quality.
There was a relaxed and welcoming family atmosphere in the hall with children playing in the aisles while parents chatted over a cup of tea and a hotdog before and after the performance.
The evening was opened by Rev. Nathan Payne who explained that the cinema is intended to serve two purposes: to provide opportunities for communities across North Ayrshire to connect with one and other, and to raise funds that will help support other community projects. Nathan said: “We’re starting the cinema here at the church, but we will be taking the mobile cinema to other venues across North Ayrshire over the next few months.”
Local MP Patricia Gibson and her husband Kenneth Gibson MSP came along to support the project. Mrs Gibson said: “I can remember when going to the cinema was a cheap night out, but for many families struggling with the cost of living it can now be a very expensive event. This is a great way to bring the community together—so much better than sitting at home with a DVD.”
Mr Gibson shared that sentiment and added: “This is a great addition to the services that the church already provides to the community, and I think the Church of the Nazarene should be thanked for the effort they have put in to making it happen.”
The Mobile Cinema idea was conceived by North Ayrshire Foodbanks Coordinator, Craig Crosthwaite who was unable to attend the launch due to illness. Speaking to us earlier, Craig said: “Our cinema equipment is mobile, and although the cinema will operate primarily from the church at this stage, we are actively looking for suitable venues in other parts of North Ayrshire, especially those in which there are a high number of food bank beneficiaries.
“Our performance licence doesn’t allow us to charge for admission, so the cinema is free to attend. However, we have our own hot dog and popcorn machines so we will be able to generate some revenue from them. All proceeds from food sales and donations will go to the food bank and our children’s meal club Make A Meal Of It.”
The cinema’s performance licence prohibits the organisers from advertising forthcoming movies, so they intend to provide a voting system on their website and show the most popular choice for that week based on the number of votes each option receives. The website will go live at the end of March but you can keep up to date with cinema news by visiting their Facebook page.
Startup funding was provided by the North Ayrshire Development Trust and this allowed the project to purchase the screen, laser projector, and sound system.