Scotland’s Most Southerly Cinema, Isle of Whithorn

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Machars Movies - Scotland's most Southerly Cinema!

It's more than just a film club....

Machars Movies is a successful communities-led venture bringing critically acclaimed films and a highly social cinema experience to the Machars peninsula.

Bringing communities together with the BIG SCREEN...

Screenings take place in the well equipped St. Ninian’s Hall Cinema at the Isle of Whithorn.

Showdates are usually on Saturdays, and occasionally some films may be timed to support other local events. For a list of forthcoming screenings simply check the schedule below.


Non-members: £6 per screening.


Machars Movies is run as a self-funding venture - membership fees cover only the cost of putting on films and the hire of the Cinema, so your support by joining is vital in enabling us to plan ahead. Annual membership is £30. (Concessions £25). This will entitle you to attend all screenings in the 2014/15 programme at the privileged Members’ price of just £2.50 per show.

Become a member...

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The Isle of Whithorn

The Isle of Whithorn

Films coming soon...

Please check this page regularly for information about forthcoming screenings as scheduled programmes may be likely to change at short notice.

Saturday, December 05, 2015       Time: 6pm


The magical adventure story of a polite young Peruvian bear, who has come to London in search of a home, and gets lost on Paddington station. It seems that city life is not all he imagined - until he meets the Brown family, who offer him somewhere to stay. But little do they realise just how much chaos one small bear can cause - will life ever be the same again?
Come and enjoy this special screening - make it a family affair, come dressed for the part, and even bring your favourite teddy! There could be prizes... Please note the earlier start time; Booking strongly advised - Call 01988 500100.
    Venue: Cinema - Main Hall 

Saturday, December 12, 2015       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - SUNSET SONG - PREMIERE SCREENING. Machars Movies is delighted to announce an extra screening, to celebrate this month's release of SUNSET SONG (Cert 15) Terence Davies' achingly beautiful screenplay, inspired by Lewis Grassic Gibbon's acclaimed novel. It follows Chris Guthrie from childhood, through to motherhood played by Agyness Deyn as the powerful central female character and symbol for Scotland. Her strength of character, never undermined by the hardship she faces, offers a rich tale set against the majestic Scottish landscape of Aberdeenshire set within a small, symbolic, rural community trying to forge a meagre living from an inhospitable land. All this takes place in the rising turmoil of the early 20th Century a time of vast industrial change, devastation brought about by WWI and the Great Depression.
Terence Davies' most ambitious film to date stars Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan and Kevin Guthrie. BECAUSE THIS IS A FIRST RUN SCREENING, YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE - Call 01988 500100    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

About Machars Movies

Machars Movies - bringing critically acclaimed award-winning films and a highly social cinema experience to the communities of the Machars. Back in January 2009, thanks to funding from Scottish Screen and an enormous amount of volunteer effort, we were able to move forward with the creation of Scotland’s most southerly cinema at the Isle of Whithorn. Five months later Machars Movies had become a reality. It’s hard to believe what has been achieved. Once again we have a very full programme for 2014-15, with at least two themed nights taking place, and these are certain to be extremely popular, so Advance Booking is strongly recommended. Look out for detailed announcements giving more information about these and our participation in other local and regional arts festivals, when we plan to have extra screenings.

Our Objectives

To advance the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film as an art form, and as a medium for education and information. We will also promote artistic and technical creativity in audio-visual techniques within our communities.

Machars Movies Team

We are extremely grateful to the many enthusiasts from communities in the south Machars who have agreed to be part of the team to take this project forward. The Committee for 2014/15 are:

  • Douglas Ballantyne (Treasurer)
  • Rob Bolton King
  • Byron Chamberlain
  • Kirsty Currie
  • Ian Duncanson
  • Jeanette Duncanson
  • Ian Fraser (Vice Chair)
  • Michael Marshall (Secretary)
  • Steve Robinson
  • Linda Vickers (Chair)

If you would like to contact or help us in any way at Machars Movies, please call Michael Marshall on 01988 500284.


This year’s Annual Subscription fees will be offering exceptional value. Our current programming year is being extended to April 2015 to enable us to adopt a more flexible Autumn to late Spring pattern.
Any subscriptions taken out now (or those which have already been taken out for 2014) will give membership until the end April 2015.

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16*, and costs £30 (Concessions £25). This will entitle you to attend all screenings in the 2014/15 programme at the privileged Members’ price of just £2.50 per show.

Guest tickets at the door will cost £6, and young persons' tickets £2.50. It's important to remember that seating at the Hall will be limited - so Membership will be similarly limited, and seat bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.

Membership forms and full programme details are available from:

  • Isle of Whithorn (Post Office)
  • Whithorn (The Whithorn Newsagent & The Library)
  • Port William (The Paper Shop, South West Hardware & The Library)
  • Garlieston (Mac's Stores)
  • Wigtown (Box of Frogs, Machars Action & The Library)

You can also download a Membership Application form here and post it with your payment to the Secretary.

*To comply with the law, admission to screenings will be restricted according to the BBFC film rating.

We reserve the right to change the programme without notice.

How can I help?

  1. Join Machars Movies – become a Member, get to see some great films and enjoy being part of a social group!
  2. Maybe you’re as inspired as we are and can help us plan and run events!
  3. If you are interested in being part of a film-making group we’d also like to hear from you!

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