BBC Scotland to make Oban Cinema programme

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BBC Radio Scotland is appealing for people to take part in a programme about Oban Phoenix Cinema.

Presenter Mark Stephen plans to visit a different region of Scotland to hear from people living in the community about the stories that matter most to them.

Producer Phil Sime wants to hear from people who have a personal story to share about the independently-run George Street venue.

Mr Sime said: ‘Whether that’s a story about the cinema being the place you went on your first date, the place where you met your partner or perhaps you have stories or memories of going to the cinema back in the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s.

‘I want to get a sense of what the cinema means to you, what were the big films that created a buzz in the town and what impact did it have on you when it closed in 2010?’

It is hoped Mark will visit Oban in the next couple of weeks to record the programme.

Mr Sime added: ‘All our programmes are pre-recorded and as it’s for radio, the logistics are straight forward so anyone wishing to take part doesn’t need to worry about TV cameras or huge production teams turning up on their doorstep. It will just be Mark and a microphone.

‘All recordings will be done in line with current Covid guidelines.’

The programme aims to celebrate the cinema’s re-opening with next year marking the tenth anniversary of its rescue in 2012.

Mr Sime can be contacted on 07985 691658 or by emailing