A pocketful of Silver Screen gems

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An innovative new cinema space is to launch at the An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway next Friday.

The Pocket Cinema at An Lanntair will be an intimate space with a varied and unusual programme of films.

The launch event on July 29th will include a free screening of a surprise (or maybe not so surprising) Scottish cult classic, followed by a night of indie music in the café bar with a live DJ set from Tube Screamers.

The Pocket cinema has been made possible by equipment provided by the BFI as part of their Neighbourhood Cinema scheme and with funding from Film Hub Scotland, a part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

The Film Audience Network is a nation-wide initiative to connect venues and enable film exhibitors to work together in catering for the UK’s diverse audiences.

Film Hub’s support of The Pocket Cinema is intended to improve the amount and quality of films being enjoyed on the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Watching films in The Pocket Cinema will be a unique experience with the venue’s community room adapted to accommodate a pop-up cinema with velvet curtains and blackout

blinds, comfy seating, drinks and snacks and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The cinema’s regular screenings will be free to attend and you can also enjoy:

‘High Noon Tea’ serving up classic films with tea and cake - an afternoon delight where audiences can enjoy tea or coffee and cake for just £2.

‘Withnail and Pie’ will feature cult films and pie (basically your perfect Friday night).

‘The Parent Nap’ will allow 90 minutes to relax with free films for kids and carers. Suitable for babies and children up to the age of five.

And The Pocket Cinema Club with films worth talking about. Watch the best in recent releases and quality cinema that An Lanntair hasn’t had the opportunity to screen, and discuss them over a drink or a bite.

Audiences can look at the website for dates and to join the mailing list for full details: {http://lanntair.com/creative-programme/performing-


Elly Fletcher CEO of An Lanntair said: “I am so delighted to see The Pocket Cinema launch this month.  It promises to bring something really special to An Lanntair’s audiences - whether you join the Pocket Cinema Club or you drop in to our afternoon tea classic screenings, this super new initiative will offer something truly unique for everyone.

“A great opportunity for audiences to get together and watch, explore and talk about film in all kinds of new and different ways!”