Festive movies and market on The Mall in Montrose

Elf and The Muppets Christmas Carol will be projected on to the back of the former swimming pool on The Mall

Elf and The Muppets Christmas Carol will be projected on to the back of the former swimming pool on The Mall

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A Christmas movie night will be shown on the site where a community group hopes to bring a cinema to Montrose.

Montrose Playhouse Project is putting on the Movies on The Mall and Christmas Market event on December 3.

During the day from 11am to 3pm there will be a festive market in the car park at the back of the former swimming pool on The Mall - the site where the Playhouse Project plans to build a cinema.

Then from 4pm onwards holiday films The Muppets Christmas Carol and Elf will be projected on to the back wall of the old pool building.

The event has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme, which awarded £175,000 to groups celebrating what makes their local community special. The Playhouse Project, which received £4450, was the only community group in Angus to get funding from the programme.

David Paton, chairman, said: “It will help us gauge our audience, raise some funds and keep the momentum building for the project.

“If it’s a success we’ll be putting on a monthly film screening indoors starting in January. We’ll be showing films that are a month out of the cinema.

“It will help us raise more funds and will allow us to conduct some market research and show there is a need for a cinema in Montrose.”

Around 30 stalls will be setting up in the car park, along with The Food Life - group of local food and drink businesses who have formed a collective - and Laurencekirk-based Burnside Brewery.

There will also be live music from Montrose band DDFM, Dundee artist Billy Mitchell and band Burlesque during the market, courtesy of MoFest.

The films for Movies on The Mall are being delivered by Film Mobile Scotland.

Burnside Brewery and some of the Food Life stalls will remain during the screenings.

Entry to the market is free, however the Playhouse Project is asking for a donation on the gate.

Standard tickets for Movies on the Mall are £6. There will be a grandstand for around 130 people, tickets for which are £8.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday from www.filmmobile.com/tours/montrose/

A small number of tickets will also be available from Henry Hoggs.