Thank You Mackie’s For Helping Us To Chill Out!

Mackie’s has helped us to sweeten the deal for movie-goers in the North-East as we team up with one of the nation’s most loved ice cream brands.

A £3,000 sponsorship from Mackie’s of Scotland will help us to schedule more films than ever in communities without a cinema over the coming year.

Emyr Bell, Executive Director, said: “For 32 years, NEAT has been bringing high quality, professional arts events to community venues across the North East of Scotland. Our community cinema scheme, NEAT Flicks, supports a network of dedicated volunteer promoters who screen great films to their communities, providing an experience that is accessible, sociable and fun. We are delighted to be teaming up with Mackie’s of Scotland this year to ensure we bring the best of cinema to local halls in the area. After all, what could be a more perfect partnership than cinema and ice cream!”

The sponsorship will help support groups across the North East with the costs of running their film programme.

NEAT launched its community cinema scheme in 2012 and it has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Blockbuster hits like ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Harry Potter’ accompany classics as diverse as ‘Local Hero’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’, on the programme at around 30 venues in the area.

Karin Mackie, Director of Marketing at Mackie’s, said: “NEAT are providing people in our home area a fantastic opportunity to connect with the local arts scene. NEAT film screenings are a lovely way for people to relax and enjoy a film on a big screen, with friends and family near to home and with the added social benefit of meeting others in their local community.  We’re delighted to be supporting them in their mission and can’t wait to make it along to a couple of showings in our neck of the woods – Citizen Cone, perhaps?”

Mackie’s, who are best known for their ice cream, added another cinema favourite, popcorn to their range in 2016.

The success of the project has has been welcomed by the local community and this was underlined this month when a motion was raised in the Scottish Parliament congratulating the organisation on the impact they have had.

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