A NEW community cinema could be just the ticket for Barrhead movie fans.

Bosses at Auchenback Resource Centre (ARC) said the concept enjoyed fantastic reviews at a recent launch event – and are keen to press ahead with the project which would allow the community to watch some of Hollywood’s latest releases right on their doorstep.

The event was in response to calls from the community for more to do in Auchenback – and the first screening of family favourite Home proved a smash-hit with dozens in the audience.

The Aurs Drive showing even came complete with usherettes, ice cream and sweeties.

Rita Connelly, ARC director and company treasurer, told the Barrhead News she is hopeful of building on the success of ARC’s first community cinema.

She said: “It was a great day. I think if it had been on a little later we would’ve got even more people.

“We got good feedback. It was smashing.

“I think that, if we can get a steady group of volunteers up and running, we could put in for a grant to pay for the screen and movie hire.”

The event tied in with an East Renfrewshire Council-led consultation on how Auchenback could be improved for those who live and work there.

After the movie, guests were treated to a free bowl of soup, made from herbs grown in ARC’s garden and some bread.

A craft table – set up using entirely recycled materials – was run by Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire employees.

Organisers from Auchenback Active and a newly-formed Auchenback planning steering group said 28kg of food was spared from going to landfill.

A number of businesses donated to a raffle held by the community-run steering group to raise funds for future community cinemas.

To get involved, contact ARC on 0141 881 1838, or Kellie Miller, a community engagement officer at East Renfrewshire Council, on 0753 871 6930.