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Machars Movies - Scotland's most Southerly Cinema!

We're 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 - annual 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 current programme at the privileged Members’ price of just £2.50 per show. Attend six screenings, and the seventh is free!
To enrol, simply email the Secretary:

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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, February 13, 2016       Time: 7pm


It's our Spring Theme Night! Enjoy a specially themed meal with a romantic twist, once again created by our delightful roving chef Caroline McCornick.
After that it'll be time to: "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders are in cracking form, and there's Marilyn Monroe too, introduced as 'a graduate of the Copacabana school of dramatic art.' Smart, sophisticated, and devastatingly funny, All About Eve, nominated for a record 14 Academy Awards, is a Hollywood classic that only improves with age. Could romance be in the air? It is Leap Year!

, with Doors Open at 6.30pm. The film will screen at 8pm approx. Call Jeanette Duncanson on 01988 500911 to reserve. (USA 1950 - Cert PG - 134mins)
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, February 27, 2016       Time: 7PM

MACHARS MOVIES - FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. One of the greatest, most moving of all Broadway shows, starring Topol and Norma Crane.
Tevye, a poor milkman living in the Ukrainian village of Anatevka before the revolution, is determined to find good husbands for his five daughters. He will consult the matchmaker of course, but he might have a word about it with God as well. It's through this tale that director Norman Jewison describes the tragic background to the expulsion of the Jews from the Ukraine and the dissolution of their traditions. The real gem is the Oscar-winning soundtrack -If I Were a Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset - and many more. Restored in HD, and patrons please note, it's conveniently provided with an Intermission! (USA 1971 - Cert PG - 171mins)    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, March 12, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Seven-year old Olive Hoover wants to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in far away California. But it's going to take the combined efforts of her disfunctional family, and their clapped out VW bus.
An American road movie in which the stage is set for a trip in which sanity is sure to take the back seat.
(USA 2006- Cert 15 - 103 mins)    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, March 26, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - THE ROCKET. Laos: A ten year old boy, Ahlo, who has been cursed, is blamed for a string of disasters. Forced to move, he meets a spirited orphan, Kia and her eccentric uncle. Together, Ahlo leads them and his family through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. To try and prove he's not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.
Set against the epic backdrop of a war-ravaged country and with remarkable access to rituals and festivities, we can see a world never seen on film before. (Laos/Australia 2014 - Cert 12- 96 mins - English Sub-Titles)    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, April 09, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - SWEET LAND. When Inge moves from Norway to Minnesota in the 1920s to marry farmer Olaf, things go wrong from the start. Lacking proper immigration papers, she finds that she cannot marry and her German ancestry makes the locals suspicious of her after the traumas of the First World War.
However Inge is made of stern stuff and battles to overcome the obstacles which confront her.
Co-starring Alan Cumming, and with some outstanding photography, it's a poignant and beautifully crafted film.

(USA 2013 - Cert PG - 110mins)    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, April 23, 2016       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - PREMIERE SCREENING - IONA. A beguiling and elegant film set against the stunning backdrop of the Inner Hebrides island of Iona, director Scott Graham's follow-up to his award-winning debut feature Shell is a real delight, with impressively sustained performances astutely complemented by the starkly beautiful environment. It may be a modestly budgeted film, but writer/director Graham shows remarkable control as he weaves a story that takes in family traumas, religion, domestic violence and pastoral glory, but never losing track of the haunting story of a young woman whose return to the Christian community on the island of her birth is the dramatic core of the film. (UK 2015 - Cert 15 - 85 mins)

    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's 

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 begin setting up Scotland’s most southerly cinema at the Isle of Whithorn. Five months later Machars Movies had become a reality. We screen fortnightly during the period September to April, and include at least two themed nights, all of which have proved to be extremely popular with Advance Booking strongly recommended. During the programme season we also try to include ‘bonus’ screenings – particularly new releases which don’t usually feature on the main distributor networks. Our projection system has recently been upgraded thanks to the British Film Institute’s Neighbourhood Cinema Scheme, and we plan to bring exciting new live, satellite-relayed productions from the world of theatre, opera and ballet into our programming.

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 volunteer their valuable time to be part of the team to run the cinema. The Committee are:

  • Douglas Ballantyne (Treasurer)
  • Byron Chamberlain
  • Kirsty Currie
  • Ian Duncanson
  • Jeanette Duncanson
  • Ian Fraser (Vice Chair)
  • Bridget Hillman
  • Michael Marshall (Secretary)
  • 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.


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 current programme year at the privileged Members’ price of just £2.50 per show.
Guest tickets at the door will cost £6 (£4 Concession), and young persons' (under 15) tickets £3*.
It's important to remember that seating at Saint Ninian’s Hall is limited - and seat bookings will be on a first come, first served basis.
*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.

Membership forms and full programme details are available from:

  • Isle of Whithorn (St Ninian's Hall)
  • Whithorn (The Whithorn Newsagent & The Library)
  • Port William (The Paper Shop, South West Hardware & The Library)
  • Garlieston (Mac's Stores)
  • Wigtown (Machars Action & The Library)

You can also download a Membership Application form here and post it with your payment to:
Machars Movies Secretary, Saint Ninian’s, Isle of Whithorn, DG8 8LH

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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