About The Birks Cinema Trust
Where are we?
We are based in Aberfeldy, a small market town by the River Tay, in Perthshire. The valley surrounding Aberfeldy consists of open farmland with the spectacular Grampian mountains as a backdrop. Farming and tourism are the main industries in the area.
The Birks Cinema was opened on Monday, 3 July 1939, on the corner of Dunkeld Street and Chapel Street in Aberfeldy and newspaper reports praised its up to the minute 'Snowcrete' exterior and tasteful interior in cream, primrose yellow and green. The opening film was '60 Glorious Years' starring Anna Neagle, followed by 'Carefree' with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and 'Little Miss Broadway' with Shirley Temple.
The word 'birks' means birches, and the cinema is named after The Birks of Aberfeldy, a scenic walk that begins in the town and that was made famous by the poet Robert Burns: 'Bonnie lassie, will ye go, will ye go, will ye go, bonnie lassie, will ye go to the birks of Aberfeldy!'
Who are we?
The Birks Cinema Trust was created in early 2014, evolving from the Friends of The Birks Cinema (FOTBC). This was the result of a survey carried out by the Board of FoTBC in 2013 to identify a way forward from its members, following the successfully refurbishment of the Birks Cinema building. Feedback showed that members wanted principally to get early notice of films and preferential purchasing of tickets - services which the cinema already provided for its Loyalty Card holders. It therefore seemed unnecessary to continue both types of membership, and FoTBC was re-named The Birks Cinema Trust, and the two memberships were combined.
Following a further EGM on 26 April 2016 further modifications were introduced to the Articles of Association and members of The Birks Cinema Trust now pay an annual subscription.
What are the objectives of The Birks Cinema Trust?
From the days of FoTBC, the intention of the refurbishment of the Birks Cinema building was to develop it as a community hub, providing arts and cultural opportunities which went beyond just dropping in for a film or a coffee or an ice-cream.
Our current community activities attract a wide range of participants - see our Community Activities page.
It is our intention that all of our community activities will be free of charge or very heavily subsidised, so that no one who may enjoy them is discouraged from participating, due to financial difficulties. As well as attracting funding from national and local charities, TBCT manages several local funding initiatives, including publishing an annual calendar and offering the possibility of dedicating an auditorium seat.