Out with the old, in with the new...

The Discovery Theatre's lamphouse, tower and projector will soon be replaced by digital technology.
The Discovery Theatre's lamphouse, tower and projector will soon be replaced by digital technology.

It’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one at Rothesay’s only cinema, the Isle of Bute Discovery Theatre, as the old projector is removed and new digital equipment brought in.

We caught up with Hazel Mulholland, team leader of the visitor information centre, during the installation of the state-of-the-art machinery to find out more.

“The original tower block is about 60 years old. We got a lot of equipment in with the help of Lord Attenborough, he sourced a lot of it for us. Pieces have been added to it as time’s gone on, but certainly the tower is the oldest part.” Lord Attenborough, who owned a holiday home on the island up until his death in August 2014, carried out the cinema’s official opening in 2001 when the refurbished Winter Garden was opened as the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre.

Over the ten years that Hazel has managed the cinema, there have been several notable successes, most recently with the release of the Disney Pixar film, Brave, in 2012, for which the cinema experienced a week of sold-out showings. “Brave was the best film we’ve had ever,” Hazel told us. “Looking back over the last couple of years, Brave just tops the list - we had a whole week of full-houses, staff dressed up, we had a red carpet - it was fantastic. It was the best thing I’ve ever convinced people to do in my life!”

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