10th December 2012


Local MSP and Minister for Finance and Sustainable Growth John Swinney today visited the Birks Cinema project to view progress on the complete refurbishment of the old cinema building in the centre of Aberfeldy.

Works are advancing towards a projected opening of the new cinema in the Spring of 2013. It will show the latest blockbuster films on release, with 3D capability, and is also intended to be a community cinema that everyone can engage with and get involved in.

A phenomenal amount of work has been taking place behind closed doors with the complete removal of everything inside the shell of the old art deco building. This has included the use of 35 tonnes of steel, 130 cubic metres of concrete, 19 kilometres of timber and 3 kilometres of cable installed so far.

John Swinney MSP said: "I am delighted to see the progress that is being made in rejuvenating the Birks Cinema. There has been such a huge effort to assemble the project and to secure the necessary resources to take this forward. I am sure the Birks will establish a prominent and exciting role in the local community and will be a great asset to Aberfeldy and the Highland Perthshire area."

Charlotte Flower, Chair of The Birks Cinema Ltd, said: “John Swinney has been a prominent supporter of our project and we are delighted to welcome him to view the fantastic progress being made with the building. It is really beginning to take shape from the outside as well as the inside with a new roof and enormous windows created to bring light into the foyer and cafe area. We look forward to delivering a high quality attractive experience for local people and visitors alike. The cinema will complete a triangle of arts and culture in Highland Perthshire alongside the Birnam Arts Institute and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.”

John Dawson from Hadden, Paul Foley the cinemas newly appointed manager and JohnSwinney look over plans in the Birks Cinema Image © Jason O'flynn 2012
Image: John Dawson from Hadden, Paul Foley the cinemas newly appointed manager and JohnSwinney look over plans in the Birks Cinema. Image © Jason O'flynn 2012

Notes to editors

The Birks Cinema also recently announced the appointment of a General Manager, Paul Foley, to run the new state-of-the-art cinema. The cinema will include a cafe bar and act as a venue for other uses including the screening of live sporting and cultural events from around the world. A blog and photographs recording progress can be seen on the Birks website and in the Mi Swaco window on Dunkeld Street just opposite the cinema.

Anyone wanting to get in touch with Paul please contact: Paul will initially work out of the temporary Friends of the Birks Cinema office in the Locus Centre in Aberfeldy Square until the cinema building is ready to be occupied.

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