CINEMA NAIRN is a small group of volunteers who love watching films on the big screen, and who wanted to see full-time cinema return to Nairn. It started in 2010, and with the help of the Nairn Community & Arts Centre and all our followers it has gone from strength to strength.

Films are screened in the Nairn Community & Arts Centre on King Street (just off the A96), and occasionally in the Little Theatre in Fishertown.

Admission is £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for those under 18 years of age. There is also a loyalty scheme - so get your card stamped each time you come and you'll get the sixth film free!

Remaining films for 2015:

Friday 25th September: Ida (2014) PG 13 (82 mins) 7.30pm Polish with subtitles

Yet another hidden gem in Nairn! Anna is a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, on the verge of taking her vows, when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. A gripping, highly acclaimed film from Poland.

Monday 5th October: 39 Steps (1935) U (86 mins) 2pm Matinee

Only the original and the best is good enough for Cinema Nairn goers, and Hitchcock’s version with Robert Donat is just that! You know the story and the scenery – some come along and watch it on the big screen with everyone else!

Friday 23rd October: Belle (2014) 12A (104 mins) 7.30pm

Touching story of the mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. Award winning performance from newcomer Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Friday 27th November: Kon Tiki (2013) PG13 (111 mins) 7.30pm

The fantastic story of legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Voted as Best Film in the 2014 Inverness Film Festival.

Monday 7th December: Brave (2012) PG (95 mins) 2pm Matinee

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Monday, 30 November 2009

Successful launch day

Thank you to all our supporters.

The three films chosen to kick of Cinema Nairn seemed to prove popular with a sizeable crowd attending each screening - about 130 people in total for the three films. "I Know Where I'm Going" proved the most popular (as predicted by our poll) with 61 people in attendance.

We were left hundreds of comments/suggestions and a few additional volunteers made themselves known, so once we have sifted through the notes and decided what to show/do next we will make announcements here and in the press.

Meanwhile we understand that we will be featuring on "Reporting Scotland" tonight (Monday 30th November) as some filming was carried out by the BBC at yesterdays event.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Tickets selling steadily for Nairn's film-filled day

All three ticket outlets report steady sales of tickets for all three films due to be screened this Sunday (29th November) at the Nairn Community Centre. "I Know Where I'm Going" seems to be the favourite on our poll and ticket sales seem to bear this out. Don't miss your chance to influence any future screenings in Nairn by coming to a show and letting know what you want to see next.

Remember our prices are about half of the local flea-pits (Adults £4.00/Kids/Concessions £3.00) and we don't carry advertising or flog overpriced junk food!!

You know it makes sense...

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Press coverage builds up anticipation as Nairn film day nears

Things seem to be hotting up with press coverage all over the place (except Nairnshire) first the BBC with:

Oscar actress inspires cinema bid

Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton has been the inspiration behind a new group's bid to reopen the first cinema in a Highlands town since the 1970s. The actress co-organised two film festivals that have featured in Nairn in the past two years. She also has a home in the town. Cinema Nairn said her events suggested there was local demand for a new venue. More of this story here

Then the Press & Journal:

Silver screen dream for Nairn cinema club
town will hold a classic movie day following summer film festival

Moves have started to bring cinema back to Nairn after an absence of 30 years.The Highland seaside town, famed as the holiday resort of early movie star Charlie Chaplin and home to Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, hasn’t had a cinema since the 1970s when the Playhouse projected its final reel and closed its doors before eventually reopening as the British Legion and then Nairn County Social Club.  
Picture courtesy of the Press and Journal
More of this story here

Then The Scotsman picks up the tale with:

Film classics boost cinema campaign

The seaside town of Nairn is famed as the favourite resort of Charlie Chaplin and the current home of Oscar winner Tilda Swinton. But despite its cinematic pedigree, the town has suffered an intermission of more than 30 years without a vital element – a cinema.In the 1970s, queues gathered at Nairn's picture house to see Grease before the John Travolta blockbuster was screened in Inverness, 16 miles away.

More of this story here

And Hi-Arts give us some coverage on their website with the following:

Cowboys, Kilts and a Wizard Idea
Cinema set to return to Nairn after 30 years

Over the last two summers Nairn has had a starring role in the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams and Pilgrimage film festivals, and it’s clear to local movie buffs there is a demand for regular screenings.

More of this story here

The Herald took this line...

Tilda’s film town may get its own cinema

The Highland town used by the actress Tilda Swinton as the base for her film ­festivals could get a cinema for the first time in three decades.

Film fans in Nairn, which is also famous as Charlie Chaplin’s holiday resort, have been without a permanent venue since the Playhouse projected its final reel in the 1970s. After closing its doors, it eventually re-opened as the British Legion, then Nairn County Social Club.

Now there are moves afoot to bring the big screen back to the town on the shores of the Moray Firth. Over the past two summers, Nairn has had a starring role in Swinton’s Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams and Pilgrimage film festivals, and local movie buffs say there is a clear demand for regular screenings.

More on this story here

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

First Screenings - Sunday 29th November 2009

We are offering three classic films being shown in Nairn Community Centre to launch Cinema Nairn.

The Wizard of Oz Cert (Colour 1939) "U" Running Time: 101 minutes - 2.00pm

Most youngsters who’ve seen The Wizard of Oz will have seen it at home – a big screen projection in a cinema full of other excited kids will be quite a different experience! It’s 70 years old this year but remains a real feat of film-making.

The Magnificent Seven (Colour 1960) "PG" Running Time: 138 minutes - 5.00pm

Westerns represent cinema’s hey-day for a lot of people and The Magnificent Seven is the daddy of them all with brilliant performances from the likes of Steve McQueen and stirring music by Elmer Bernstein.

I Know Where I'm Going (B&W 1945) "U" Running Time: 92 minutes - 8.00pm

A jewel of British film-making from Powell and Pressburger, set in the Highlands and combining romance, suspense, comedy and a dash of the supernatural.

Hopefully something to suit most peoples tastes.

Tickets (Adults £4.00/Children £3.00) available from the Community Centre, Nairn Bookshop and iolaire photo:graphics (at the Railway Station)

Tuesday, 10 November 2009


Moves are afoot to bring the movies back to Nairn. The Highland seaside town, famed as the holiday resort of Charlie Chaplin and home to Oscar winner, Tilda Swinton, hasn’t had a cinema since the 1970s when the Playhouse projected its final reel and became a bingo hall.

Over the last two summers Nairn has had a starring role in the Cinema of Dreams and Pilgrimage film festivals, and it’s clear to local movie buffs there is a demand for regular screenings.

A group of local enthusiasts calling themselves ‘Cinema Nairn’ have arranged for a day of classic movies to be shown on the big screen at the community centre on Sunday 29th November to gather reaction and, it is hoped, begin the revival of silver screen entertainment in the town...

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