Here's the Chairmwoman's Annual Report:
In 2014 Cinema Nairn celebrated another very good year with nearly 900 attendances at the 15 films shown throughout the year. Most popular of the evening showings was ‘Sunshine on Leith’ with an audience of 110, and a wee dram was served to celebrate (or otherwise) the Referendum result! ‘Cool Runnings’ celebrated the Winter Olympics, while all four matinees attracted a large and loyal following, with many of the older generation rekindling fond memories of childhood cinema trips to see ‘Geordie’ and ‘The Maggie’. For Nairn Book and Arts Festival there was standing room only at Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Circus’ which was part of the Festival’s children’s day. Andy May again did the honours brilliantly on piano.
Audience members were again invited to suggest films for future programmes, and several of the suggestions have been included in the programme.
The loyalty card scheme remains popular, and we now feel we are establishing a regular audience which gives us financial security, but more importantly, fulfils the original vision of community cinema, and seeing films with friends in your own community. The matinees in particular have given some people a cinema experience which they have not had access to for many years, and the tea and baking remain very popular.
Chair: Joan Noble, Treasurer: Seamus McArdle, Front of House, Box Office: Kate McArdle,
Vivian Laycock, Christine Corfield. Graphics, website and programme production: Tez Watson.
Thanks to Val Springett who still helps by distributing posters for each film.
We did not apply for grant funding this year as the Scotmid grant from the previous year continued to support the matinees in 2014. However we were very grateful to Nairn Book and Arts Festival for sharing some of the Davidson Trust sponsorship for the Children’s day film, as the licences to show some of these old films are very expensive, and we regretfully cannot normally afford to give children free entry.
Cinema Nairn owes special thanks to Sam and the extremely encouraging and helpful staff of Nairn Community Centre, who have wholeheartedly backed our organisation.
Thank you also to all who have supported CN over this very successful fifth year, and to the hardworking and very efficient committee.