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Shetland Arts is among 12 community cinema projects across Scotland receiving new funding to transform the local cinema going experience. From Moray to Dumfries and Galloway and Lanarkshire to Perthshire, local cinemas have been awarded a total of £420,000 through Screen Scotland’s Cinema Equipment Fund.

Shetland Arts is set to improve cinema facilities across Shetland with an award of £98,196. The funding will be used to replace and update the projectors in Mareel. It will also allow the purchase of portable film screening equipment which will enable high-quality film screenings to be brought to community halls, schools and care homes across the isles.

Graeme Howell, Chief Executive at Shetland Arts said: “This funding is a fantastic opportunity to build on our current community arts programme. Having portable film screening equipment will allow us to bring high-quality film screenings to remote and rural locations, enabling greater access to the arts and contributing to our mission to educate, promote, support and develop the practice and enjoyment of the arts by all.”

Screen Scotland’s Jennifer Armitage said: “We are delighted to support the development of Scotland’s cinema sector with this investment. Collectively these awards showcase the diversity in Scotland’s film exhibitors, from community cinemas to touring operators, to multi arts venues and full-time cinemas.

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