Shetland Arts are pleased to announce that we have secured funding through the Independent Cinema Recovery and Resilience Fund!

The funding aims to bridge the immediate financial gap faced by independently owned cinemas as a result of COVID-19, and will support cinemas, like Mareel, who can operate in the short-term, within Scottish Government guidelines, and help others towards reopening, when it is safe to do so.

Graeme Howell, CEO of Shetland Arts said:

“We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Screen Scotland. This investment will mean that we can continue to offer a diverse cinema program in a COVID-safe way”.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture said: “We understand the severe impact this pandemic has had on businesses across Scotland, including our independent cinemas which play such an important role in communities across the country.

“We have had to make some really difficult decisions recently that will impact on cinemas which have worked so hard to re-open safely, but we have to put health considerations above everything else and I hope this funding, along with the business support that will be available, will help independent cinemas cope with all the challenges they face.

“Culture is vitally important to all of our lives, and we are determined to do everything within our powers to see the sector through this crisis. This fund is part of the ongoing financial support the Scottish Government is making available to the sector.”

Sambrooke Scott, Head of Audience Development at Screen Scotland said: “Independent cinemas have always played a vital role in communities across Scotland, bringing people together to immerse themselves in great film experiences from filmmakers around the world, and around the corner.

“It’s been the most challenging of times for these hard-working venues but, with the help of this Scottish Government and National Lottery support, they will continue to open and operate safely as local restrictions allow. By putting stringent measures in place to protect staff and audiences alike they will open where able and bring the magic and escapism of cinema back, which is something we need now more than ever.”

Recipients of the Fund are:


Cinema Name

Funding Amount

An Lanntair

An Lanntair (Stornoway)


Caledonian Cinemas Limited

Moray Playhouse (Elgin)


Campbeltown Community Business

Campbeltown Picture House (Campbeltown)


Centre for the Moving Image

Filmhouse (Edinburgh), Belmont Filmhouse (Aberdeen)


D&G Council

Robert Burns Centre (Dumfries)


Dundee Contemporary Arts

Dundee Contemporary Arts


Eden Court Highlands

Eden Court (Inverness)


Falkirk Community Trust

Bo'ness Hippodrome (Falkirk)


G1 Group

Perth Playhouse


Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Film Theatre


Granada Cinemas (Edinburgh) Ltd.

Dominion Cinema (Edinburgh)


INDY Cinema Group Ltd

INDY Cinema Group (Various)


Kino Entertainment Ltd

The Kino Leven, The Kino Glenrothes


Lonsdale Cinema

Annan Lonsdale Cinema



Macrobert (Stirling)


Newton Stewart Cinema

Newton Stewart Cinema (Newton Stewart)


NPH Cinema

New Picture House (St Andrews)


Oban Phoenix Cinema

Oban Phoenix Cinema (Oban)


Pavilion (Galashiels) Ltd

Pavilion (Galashiels)


Premier Leisure

Premier Leisure (Saltcoats)


Regional Screen Scotland

Screen Machine (Various)


Shetland Arts Development Agency

Mareel (Lerwick)


The Birks Cinema Trust Ltd

The Birks Cinema (Aberfeldy)


The Pickaquoy Centre Trust

The Phoenix Cinema (Kirkwall)


The Tower Digital Art Centre

The Tower Digital Arts Centre (Helensburgh)


Universal Sounds (Arbroath) Limited

Bathgate Cinema, Alloa Cinema, Arbroath Cinema


West Coast Cinemas LLP

Studio Cinema (Dunoon), Waterfront Cinema (Greenock)