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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 programme at the privileged Members’ price of just £2.50 per show.

Become a member...

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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, September 20, 2014       Time: 7pm


To celebrate the first screening of our new Autumn Season, and the fact that we will also have a brand new Annexe, Machars Movies will be holding a Musical Themed Evening. We're looking forward to a great night of fun, as the main film will be entirely appropriate to whatever way Scotland has voted just two days before!

Bookings are already coming in for this special event - so to ensure that you don't miss out on a super evening, call 01988 500911 to make a reservation.

    Venue: St Ninian's Hall Cinema & New Annexe  Watch trailer.

Saturday, October 04, 2014       Time: 7pm


Matt Damon plays Steve Butler, an ace corporate salesman who is sent along with his partner, Sue Thomason (Frances McDormand), to close a key rural town in his company's expansion plans. With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company's offer, for drilling and fracking rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski), as well as the interest of a local woman (Rosemarie DeWitt). Promised Land explores America at the crossroads where big business and the strength of small-town community converge. (USA - 2012. Cert 15)
Doors Open at 7pm for 7.30pm screening.
    Venue: St Ninian's Hall Cinema  Watch trailer.

Saturday, October 18, 2014       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES presents 'RED DOG'. A smash-hit Australian film for the whole family based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the outback in search of his long lost master. (Australia - 2011, Cert PG) Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm screening.    Venue: St. Ninian's Hall Meeting Room.  Watch trailer.

Saturday, November 01, 2014       Time: 7pm


Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
(France - 2012; Cert 12A)
    Venue: St Ninian's Hall Cinema  Watch trailer.

Saturday, November 15, 2014       Time: 7pm


We're looking forward to a fun evening that will use the New Annexe and the Cinema! Once more a session of shorts, a quiz with prizes, some nibbles and a chance to begin to plan out next year's programme, and get that usual chore - the AGM - done and dusted in as little time as possible!
    Venue: St Ninian's Hall Cinema & New Annexe 

Saturday, November 29, 2014       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - 'THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING'. Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan - a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander. John Huston directed this classic Kipling adventure. (UK, 1975; Cert 12)    Venue: St Ninian's Hall Cinema 

Saturday, December 13, 2014       Time: 7pm


The Artist is a 2011 French romantic comedy-drama film in the style of a black and white silent film. Set in Hollywood, between 1927 and 1932, it focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the talkies. Three Golden Globes and seven BAFTA's among its many accolades. (France 2011 - Cert PG).

    Venue: St Ninian's Hall Cinema  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 are:

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

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 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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