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A History of FILM FORRES

In 2010, the original Film Forres group of volunteers fundraised for a year to raise £42,000 for new cinema equipment and seating in Forres Town Hall.  They succeeded in raising funds through LEADER, Awards for All, MFR Cash for Kids, COOP Community Fund, Scottish Express Grants, plus local businesses, community groups and Community Councillors.  Other fund raising efforts included Bag Packs, Coffee Afternoons, Fun Runs, Quiz Sheets, OAP Film Nights and stalls at Community Events.

 In November 2011 work was completed in time for a Grand Opening on December the 2nd.  What followed was a fantastic night to which all those who had supported the Film Forres project were invited. We welcomed all our sponsors, local businesses, representatives from community groups, Councillors and Community Councillors, school headteachers, as well as Friends of Film Forres and our young members of Film Forres.  People who received an invite were able to vote on which of the three choices of films listed on the website they would most like to see. 


History

Here is a brief historical background to the Film Forres project, taken from a report to Moray Council in 2010.

“There are many activities in Forres for young people under the age of 11 including football, badminton, athletics, martial arts, youth clubs, to name a few. However large numbers of young people in their teens still feel ‘there is nothing to do’.

As most young people enjoy films and going to the cinema it seemed the logical next step to providing an activity that would be all inclusive.

In October 2007, Margaret Cowie, one of our Community Wardens, organised a Community Initiative to reduce anti social behaviour on Friday evenings in Forres.  The Town Hall was chosen as a suitable building to use for a Cinema as it is spacious enough to hold large numbers and could be hired for a minimal cost.  The Community Council were approached and, since October 2007, have funded all the lets.  The annual Film Licence for Public Viewing, (Filmbank PSVL), is funded by the Community Initiative Fund, through Grampian Police and Moray Council.  The equipment used at that time was a projector belonging to Grampian Police and laptop and speakers provided by Margaret Cowie.

In 2007/08 October to March films were shown once a month with a maximum of 25 attending.  This increased to twice a month 2008/09 due to demand with the addition of two showings for the different age groups.  The maximum attending for both films was 64.  The numbers continued to rise and for October to March 2009/10 saw the largest single audience of 73 and combined audience for two films 83 (charts included).  October to April 2010 to 2011 still ongoing.

It is encouraging that several young people attending are or have been involved in anti social behaviour and are choosing to come to an organised activity instead.  Young people are now regularly asking when the next film shows are and have given very positive feedback (look at the quotes on the bottom of this page).

In 2009 a survey carried out at Forres Academy with 608 pupils has shown 86% would like a permanent cinema in the town.”

On 24 March 2010 we formed the first FILM FORRES committee to progress the upgrade to our facilities. Film Shows continued in their original format until we could buy and install an on-stage retractable screen, surround sound speakers and a projector in the balcony area. After two years on we installed a state-of-the-art projection facility to give local young people and other movie-goers a real 21st century movie experience.

Cinema Fundraising Cheques

Publicity shot of the cheques we received.

Some opinions from users 2007-2010

“The films are really good and I would definitely go again.”

‘We enjoy going to the Forres Town Hall.  We like the movies and how it brings the schools together including some of the Academy children.  We are looking forward to the next movies.

‘Town Hall is a good venue’

‘I think the cinema is a great idea because it’s great for people who don’t have access to cinema in Elgin and Inverness’

 

New Cinema Seating

New Cinema Seating

 

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