Scotland’s Most Southerly Cinema, Isle of Whithorn

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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 04, 2017       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES TRIBUTE NIGHT - CINEMA PARADISO. A famous movie director returns to his home village after spending 30 years away. In flashback, he recalls his fatherless childhood, his fascination with the films he saw at the local cinema, and his adventures with Alfredo, the cinema's projectionist. Giuseppe Tornatore's beautiful 1988 film deservedly won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, and is screened as Machars Movies' tribute to Ian Fraser. (Italy - Cert 15 - English subtitles - 160 mins)    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Friday, February 17, 2017       Time: 6pm


After a storm at sea, Jafaar, a poor fisherman who lives in Gaza, discovers a pig in his nets; an animal judged impure by both Muslims and Jews. Determined to get rid of it, he tries desperately to sell it. A Jewish colony exists where pigs are raised not for their meat but for security purposes. Of course, going unnoticed in the company of a "forbidden" animal among his Palestinian brothers, past Israeli soldiers and under the scrutiny of Islamic fundamentalists is no bed of roses and a series of hilarious misadventures await Jafaar.... In an age where there's very little to smile about in this troubled part of the world, here is the exception that proves the rule. (France - 2011 - Cert 12 - 98 mins - English subtitles)
For this Theme Night, we will have the chance to savour a meal that reflects the region - all magnificently created by Caroline McCornick. Advance Bookings essential; combined tickets for dinner & film sold through Saint Ninian's Shop. Meal service starts at 6.30pm; Film screens at 8pm approx.
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, March 04, 2017       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - PRIDE. U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. An extraordinary and inspirational film. (UK - 2015 - Cert 15 - 115 mins)    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, March 18, 2017       Time: 7pm

MACHARS MOVIES - JACQUES TATI - JOUR DE FETE IN COLOUR. Jacques Tati films bring back a time past. They evoke the France of the 50s to the 70s, berets, baguettes and 2CV Citroens and of course those lovely little cafe bars where you could get a great coffee, a Gitanes and a glass of Pastis or Cognac, L'eau de Vie or Calvados...a 15 franc menu at a basic cafe where you could eat a most wonderful meal. Tati was the true exponent of brilliant visual humour - unashamed fun as he exploits every cinema screen gag going.

His 'Jour de Fete' will be shown not in black and white, but in the re-discovered colour version that's been painstakingly restored. Before the main film, we'll also see how they managed this incredible feat of technology to bring back the 'lost colours'.
(France 1949 - 90 mins - Cert 'U')
    Venue: The Cinema @ Saint Ninian's  Watch trailer.

Saturday, April 08, 2017       Time: 7pm


In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. (USA 2016 - Cert 15 - 124 mins)

    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 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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