Work has begun to revamp Oban cinema

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Work has begun on refurbishing the interior of Oban Phoenix Cinema.

The carpets were lifted in the foyer at the start of the week and, on Tuesday, volunteers were busy painting the walls and electricians were scattered about the building.

The work, which is expected to be completed on Saturday June 15, will see a new concession stand created, as well as a general revamp of the foyer outside screen one.

The cinema will be open from 4pm onwards during the week and it will be business as usual at the weekend.

Emma Grant has been tasked with overseeing the project.

Speaking to The Oban Times, she said: ‘The bottom line is we need to get more people through the door and make it a nicer experience for the people who are here.

‘This project has come from aspirations that staff and directors have had for a number of years and it is stuff the community has been asking for for a while.’

Emma said she ran an intensive community survey late last year and received 363 responses.

‘Many people thought the foyer layout and concession stand could be improved and that is what we are doing,’ Emma added. ‘The whole idea of this is to separate out the ticketing area.’

Emma said as it stands, when there is a big film on, as soon as you walk in the door you are cramped.

‘It’s difficult to move around and it’s unpleasant for people, so we are trying to make it a nicer experience.’

With the new concession area, people who purchase tickets online will be able to walk through the ticket desk at the front and straight to the stand.

There will also be a seating area to the left of the stand, where people can sit and wait.

There will also be a screen above the concession stand that will play movie trailers as well as display special offers.

Discussing how it feels to see the plans come to life, Emma said: ‘It’s great to see it happening. We had quite a lot of volunteers in helping.

‘We were funded by this by The Crerar Trust,  the Oban Common Good Fund, and community fundraising.’