Despite the recent Government announcement that Cinemas will be able to open in May we will not be able to do so.
When we are allowed to reopen, if the 2 metre distancing is still in place, we would only be able to have an audience of 30 and would only make a profit of £28 on a screening with a Socially Distanced 'Full House'. We would need to generate sufficient profit each month to cover the fee of £600 to the company which supplies the content. There are also the running costs of the venue to meet.
As for when we can start programming shows and screenings again that is very difficult to say. Distributors are delaying the release of their films and there are no new Live Screening performances of plays and ballets to stream until theatres around the world reopen. As for In-House productions we are unable to rehearse and it takes weeks to produce a show.
Realistically we are looking towards the end of the year before we can reopen but it would be wonderful if it were to be earlier.
We are missing everyone and are so grateful to the community for their support.
The Management Committee
The Fullarton (formerly Lochside) Theatre is a professionally equipped Independent Cinema and Theatre in the heart of south-west Scotland, managed and staffed entirely by part-time volunteers.
With the current refurbishment programme being the first major project carried out at the theatre during the 17 years of operation, various sources of possible funding were identified to cover the majority of the costs. Applications were made and funding arrangements were agreed from a number of sources. The theatre was pleased to receive funding from the following sources and would like to express grateful thanks to the various bodies, without whose generosity the theatre refurbishment would not have proceeded.
The Refurbished Auditorium and new seating (January 2013)
The Auditorium - before the refurbishment (June 2012)
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