Biggar Little Cinema

News Update No 116

September 2021

All our proceeds go to local organisations and Rotary charities

With the recent easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we are hopeful that we can look forward to our next season of films, although it seems unlikely that we will be able to recommence screenings before the end of this year.

Biggar Little Cinema would like to thank all our supporters for their patience and understanding during these unusual and difficult times. We hope to have further information in future editions of this newsletter.

In the meantime, please enjoy another in our series of movie trivia!

Movie Trivia

Here’s another addition to our collection of strange movie facts. In Bridge of Spies, shown at Biggar Little Cinema in November 2016, British actor Sir Mark Rylance played the Russian spy Rudolf Ivanovich Abel.

Many cinemagoers were puzzled by his seemingly incongruous accent - but it was entirely accurate. Abel was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1903 to Russian émigré parents, and spent a number of his early years in Scotland. He moved to Moscow with his parents in his late teens, following the Russian Revolution, but never lost his unusual accent when speaking English.

Producer Steven Spielberg cast Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies after watching his Award-winning performance in Twelfth Night - Rylance's third Tony Award. In his film role, Rylance shows an uncanny resemblance to Abel.

Widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, Rylance has enjoyed an esteemed career on stage and on screen. For his portrayal of Abel in Bridge of Spies, Rylance won both the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. His portrayal has received unanimous universal acclaim, with many critics citing it as the best performance of 2015.

Rylance subsequently collaborated with Spielberg in two further films, The BFG in 2016 and Ready Player One in 2018.

Our 2019/20 Season of Films

Just to remind you of the wonderful films we showed last season, we had another excellent line-up - an Oscar and BAFTA-winning drama, two Oscar-winning true-life stories, a British biographical comedy-drama, a charming animated aventure and a wonderful British comedy. Please click on the posters below to read more about each film.

Stan & Ollie

Cert PG

Saturday 26th October 2019 at 7.30pm
Sunday 27th October 2019 at 7.30pm

First Man

Cert 12

Friday 15th November 2019 at 7.30pm
Saturday 16th November 2019 at 7.30pm


Cert U

Friday 27th December 2019 at 7.30pm
Saturday 28th December 2019 at 7.30pm

Bohemian Rhapsody

Cert 12A

Friday 31st January 2020 at 7.30pm
Saturday 1st February 2020 at 7.30pm

Green Book

Cert 12A

Friday 28th February 2020 at 7.30pm
Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7.30pm

Fisherman's Friends

Cert 12A

Screenings cancelled due to closure of The Corn Exchange

About our Films

We conducted a detailed audience survey at the end of our first full season, asking viewers which of our films they had especially enjoyed, and the type of film they would like to see in the future.

We have been informed by these comments, and have borne them in mind when selecting titles for our screenings. Hence, our objectives are to choose up-to-date films, many of them award winners, with a wide audience appeal, as well as films which we believe offer something a little unusual, and hence of special interest to cinemagoers.

About Us

Biggar Little Cinema was founded in February 2011, and is run as a community cinema on a non-profit basis.

As a not-for-profit organisation, our aim is to disburse all the surplus from our screenings as charitable donations, to local organisations and Rotary projects. So far, with your help, we have raised over £30,000.

We also aim to provide the opportunity for members of an isolated rural community to enjoy good films without having to make a round trip of 60 miles or more to the commercial cinema.

Our films are shown in high-resolution digital quality, and projected using the latest digital equipment on to a full-size cinema screen. To match the exceptional quality of our picture, our sound is Dolby stereo using high definition loudspeakers. The Corn Exchange is well-known as an excellent venue, with very comfortable cinema-style seating and a cosy atmosphere. A full bar is available both before and after each screening, with a lounge area for relaxing and chatting with friends. All in all, Biggar Little Cinema offers a perfect location - and all proceeds go to support local organisations and Rotary projects.

If you have any questions about Biggar Little Cinema, please contact

Stewart Houston on 01899 220418 or
Tom Matthews on 01899 220783 or
Brian Curle on 01968 682294

Thank you again for your support!

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