Tickets for Gala Evening to celebrate ‘the first 100 years’ of Campbeltown’s Picture House

Campbeltown picture house

The Directors and Management of The Picture House in Campbeltown have put together an exciting programme for a Gala Evening to celebrate the first 100 years of the life of this iconic cinema on Sunday 26th May.


Tickets for this event will be available on a first come, first served basis from Thursday 9th May.

As a number of tickets have been set aside for invited guests, those who would like to be present on this historic occasion are urged to apply for tickets – up to 4 per person – as soon as possible.

These can be obtained from the kiosk any evening that the cinema is open from 8.30 pm, from Saturday through to Thursday from 9th May.

Tickets will be free of charge, with entry by donation on the night, and will include a complimentary icecream.

The programme

The evening is to begin with a special recital by Liz Lochhead, Scotland’s Makar, who is Patron of The Centenary Project.

There will then be a short review of film over the past 100 years followed by the main feature, which is ‘The Great Gatsby’.

Immediately after the performance there will be about 20 minutes of fireworks on the waterfront.

It is hoped that the whole town, including those attending the Song Writers Festival and the ceilidh for the MOKRUNNERS, will also enjoy this, together with other visitors to the town on this holiday weekend.

Those who have tickets are urged to be in their seats by 7.50 pm – and to encourage the audience to achieve this, there will be a programme of live music from Campbeltown Brass starting at 7.30 pm.

Doors will open at 7  o’clock.

The Directors – rightly -  want every seat in the house to be filled, so please be as sure as possible that you will be able to attend on the night or, if you find that you cannot attend, please pass on your tickets to friends or return them to the cinema as soon as possible so that they can be re-issued.

Students at Campbeltown Grammar School have been busy for the past couple of months creating some baking masterpieces to celebrate the Centenary.   These cakes will be on display during the previous week in the windows of Argyll FM, suitably decorated in honour of the occasion.

This is a celebration of the nurture and love shown by the people of Campbeltown and Kintyre for their Wee Pictures – the commitment that has enabled this very special building to survive.   Great credit is due to all the generations that have made that possible.

The Directors are indebted to Tangy 2 Windfarm Trust, Campbeltown Common Good Fund, The Rotary Club of Campbeltown, Argyll & Bute Council, the Ardshiel Hotel and Sarah MacDonald Photography for making these celebrations as exciting as possible.

It’s good to see the inclusivity of the plans for the celebration, in opening it up to the town at large and to visitors, with the waterfront fireworks display. This will be a night to remember – and here’s to the next 100 years of this glorious little cinema.

The intriguing photographs above, is a 360 degree shot of the auditorium, taken by Gordon Barr of Scottish Cinemas.

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