A project to transform an abandoned north-east swimming pool into a three-screen cinema and community hub has been awarded more than £2 million.
The Montrose Playhouse Project committee said it was delighted after it was awarded £2,260,000 from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant 2019-2020 Fund.
The award means the committee can begin the tender process with a view to starting work in June. It aims to be open by the middle of 2020.
The Playhouse is “not just a cinema”, according to the group and three large screens, one with retractable seating and one with a small stage, will be accompanied by the Reel Cafe Bar, multi-purpose activity rooms, exhibition space and a small retail space where local artists and musicians will be able to sell their work.
Chairman David Paton said: “The Playhouse has always been and will always remain a facility for the community, by the community.
“The possibilities are endless and we hope to grow and develop our social programmes over the coming years in partnership with other local community groups.
“The whole team is excited about the benefits this facility is going to bring to the community and to the town centre in general.”
The Playhouse requires a further £1m before the project can come to fruition, which will be raised through grant funding, donations and a rewards-based crowdfunding scheme.