Moves Behind Scenes for Thurso Cinema

The John o’Groat Journal reports on continuing backroom discussion about the re-opening of a cinema in Thurso.

One source of potential competition will be the Pulteneytown People’s Project in Wick, which recently started showing films. I am unclear though if this includes the latest releases, or if it will be run along the lines of a film club.

Either way, it is unlikely to offer the same facilities as a well-run site at Thurso (something which has not been altogether realized in the past). Rob Arthur, who is leading the planned re-opening, proposes an initial reliance on existing 35-mm equipment onsite before upgrading to digital; including replacing the current bowling alley with smaller digi-screens, or allowing showings of opera productions and television extravaganzas.

Arthur previously had established cinemas on three continents as well as acting as managing director of Apollo Cinemas. He resigned earlier this year after the sale of this independent chain following wranglings over the estate of Anita Gregg, wife of founder Paul Gregg.

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