The Birks is a community-owned cinema which offers a programme of film screenings, community groups, language clubs and children’s activities to serve the local community in Aberfeldy.
Originally an art deco theatre, the Birks fell into a state of disrepair and went unused for over a decade before a community buyout saved it from demolition.
Now a thriving community hub, the Birks provides a varied and dynamic range of screenings, from the latest blockbusters to arthouse classics and live streams from across the world.
Live events are screened from the National Theatre, Royal Opera House and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, meaning the local community can access to the latest stage plays, musicals and ballets locally.
Birks often collaborates with local community groups and festivals, hosting storytelling screenings, film societies, as well as putting on free screenings for the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (SMHAFF).
Running an impressive array of community activities, Birks Cinema act as a cohesive force in Aberfeldy and the surrounding area.
A Gaelic café and conversation group offers a social forum for local speakers, while the Craic ‘n’ Craft club brings people together to bond over the exchange of their chosen craft expertise.
A chair-based exercise club helps keep the local senior population active, while a weekly Lego club is available for children with additional support needs.
The Movie Memories club, run in partnership with local football team St Johnstone, encourages personal reflection through nostalgic screenings, and is open to people living with dementia free of charge.
Birks also provide the opportunity for individuals and small groups to create their own short animation film reflecting the local community.
A range of workshops are provided free of charge, with the final product being showcased on the big screen.
Birks’ community development officer ensures that events include access for under-represented groups.
Special events and screenings are organised for additional support needs children as well as people living with dementia, while film-making workshops help develop the skills of young filmmakers.
For more information, contact:
The Birks Cinema