THESE are the first images of the interior of a new cinema planned for the North-east. Montrose Playhouse Project is set to transform a former swimming pool in the town into an independent cinema. The project was given the go ahead by Angus Council earlier this year. And today the Evening Express is giving a glimpse of how The Reel Cafe and Bar, inside the Montrose cinema will look. David Paton, a member of the playhouse project group, said a business plan for the facility is now complete. He said: “I can confirm we have our business plan in hand now from Ron Inglis, which will allow us to progress to stage two of the community asset transfer of the building from the council. “It will also allow us to start applying for large amounts of funding which we will need. “The project is coming along great and there is lots of interest buzzing about. We are hoping to prepare a brochure soon which we can pass around to the public and potential funders or sponsors, that will tell everyone how the building will function, look, be profitable, attract not only locals but tourists and ultimately become of the most important facilities in the area. “We cannot emphasise enough how important the public support is and it’s amazing to see so many people behind us already and we thank them all greatly.” It is estimated the development could cost up to £3 million. The state-of-the-art cinema and arts centre would house three small screens as well as a cafe, exhibition space and rehearsal rooms for local groups. Cash would be invested in multi-media equipment.
BY SAMANTHA LECKIE, 30 JUL 2014 10.49AM