Montrose outdoor Christmas cinema a ‘huge success’

Santa will his helpers from MESG and Borrowfield Community Group.
Santa will his helpers from MESG and Borrowfield Community Group.

Film lovers wrapped up warm for Montrose Playhouse Project’s first major movie event - an outdoor Christmas cinema.

On Saturday at the former swimming pool on the Mall- the site where the group hopes to build a cinema - there was a festive market and Santa’s grotto before A Muppet Christmas Carol and Elf were projected on to the back of the pool building by Film Mobile Scotland.

Joe Wishart switches on the Christmas lights

Joe Wishart switches on the Christmas lights

The grotto was run by MESG with youngsters giving a donation to the Angus Foodbank in return for a gift from Santa. Collection boxes were overflowing at the end of the day.

David Paton, Playhouse Project chairman, said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day - we had over 1100 at the market and around 400 people braved the cold weather to enjoy the two films we had playing.

“All in all a huge success and we are definitely planning another outdoor event, hopefully this time in summer.”

Montrose Citizen of the Year Joe Wishart took to the stage to present a live Christmas tree light switch-on from the High Street to the big screen set up for the cinema.

From Sunday, January 15 the Playhouse Project and Film Mobile will start regular film screenings at Montrose Academy, acting as fundraisers and market research events for the main project.

The films on January 15 will be: 1pm - Disney’s Moana; 4pm – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; 7pm – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Tickets are available from Friday at 10am at: www.filmmobile.com/tours/montrose