Posted Sunday May 16, 2021 by David


The latest big screen blockbusters are coming back to Lanark Memorial Hall from next week.

Following last year’s successful events prior to lockdown, cinema returns to the hall in partnership with Regional Screen Scotland and INDY Cinema Group Ltd, with screenings every week.

From Thursday 20 May films including the latest new releases from the big Hollywood studios will bring the magic of the movies to the venue.

‘A Cinema Near You’ is a two-year development programme to foster new local cinema provision across Scotland. It is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, and delivered by Regional Screen Scotland in partnership with Screen Scotland and Film Hub Scotland.

The programme was originally scheduled to run from May 2020 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic was delayed, running briefly in October 2020, before being postponed for a second time until now.

General Manger of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, David Booth, said: “I am delighted we will once again be able to offer local people the opportunity to watch some of this year’s biggest movies right on their doorstep.

“The team at the Memorial Hall will be working alongside industry experts to install and run this cinema experience, ensuring a high quality visual and audio experience.

“We hope that this cinema opportunity will encourage new customers as well as existing ones to visit the venue.

“Of course, the safety of customers is of paramount importance and this is the venues’ highest priority.

“The capacity of the venue have been restricted to allow for full physical distancing and an enhanced cleaning and management protocol is in place to ensure that all visitors are kept safe at all times.

“The regular front of house hospitality service has been enhanced and updated to take into account all of the additional requirements that the Covid-19 pandemic, so a warm welcome and excellent customer service are assured.”

Robert Livingston, Director, Regional Screen Scotland, said: “At Regional Screen Scotland we’re delighted that, through A Cinema Near You, we can not only assist the Lanark Memorial Hall to reopen, but also bring big new film releases back to Lanark for the first time in decades.

“Such a beautiful venue, in the heart of the town, is the perfect setting for sharing the magic of the movies in a safe and welcoming environment.”

Ian Brown, CEO and Founder – INDY Cinema Group, said: “INDY Cinema Group are incredibly proud to be working in this partnership to bring cinema full time to the beautiful Lanark Memorial Hall.

“It is truly a great thing to be bringing the magic of cinema to a Lanark in these unique times.”

Films will be screened on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm starting with the Oscar winning Best Film Nomadland and the much anticipated sequel Peter Rabbit 2from Thursday 20 May.

Further details of the films being screened, along with dates and timings, will be available from the Lanark Memorial Hall Facebook and SLLC Twitter page.

Tickets and all of the details of the films being shown are available from the Box Office

or by calling the new box office number 01555 673199.

Further details of all the films will also be publicised through social media channels and additional advertising.

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