Screen Scotland has launched a £1.6m ($2.1m) fund to support cinemas across Scotland. 


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The pot is available to cinemas and community venues to help install or upgrade digital cinema equipment including projectors, speaker systems, screens, satellite or broadband connection, and access equipment such as hearing induction loops or audio description equipment.

Community venues can apply for awards of up to £25,000. Cinemas running DCI-compliant equipment can apply for awards of up to £100,000.

The fund is open to both existing cinemas that need to replace outdated DCI equipment, and new venues with well-developed plans for cinema exhibition.

The £1.6m covers a period from now until March 2020. Applications for the first round of funding are open now and run until April 23. There will be two further deadlines in September 2019 and January 2020.

The move follows the £600,000 festivals fund launched by Screen Scotland last year.