A family night out to the cinema to see the latest blockbuster can be a pricey affair with the cost of tickets alone, never mind the “pester-power add-ons” from children wanting popcorn and hotdogs.

But now a Scottish foodbank is offering free Saturday night film nights to cash-strapped families in one of Scotland’s most deprived areas.
The foodbank, which received a grant from the North Ayrshire Venture Trust for equipment, is believed to be the first in the UK to run a mobile cinema. Film fanatic Craig Crosthwaite, co-ordinator of the North Ayrshire Foodbank, is attracting audiences of up to 200 people to see films ranging from Dr Strange, Casablanca, Beauty And The Beast, and The BFG.
Next month Crosthwaite is hosting the “Reach for the Stars” weekend which will see the foodbank cinema taking part in UN World Space week.
The weekend at the Ardrossan Church of the Nazarene over 6-7 October will feature two sci-film films, guest speakers led by Professor John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, the Cosmos mobile planetarium shows and space-themed workshops.
Crosthwaite said extending the foodbank to include the cinema and now an educational role was the ideal way to reach children and adults who might otherwise be excluded from activities others take for granted. “Cinemas charge about £8 or £9 for an adult ticket, then there’s actually paying fares to get there means the cost goes way up for families.


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