THE Fraser Centre in Tranent is welcoming film fans back to the big screen as it opens its new cinema for the first time in more than 18 months and officially launches its programme.

The centre, on Winton Place, was refurbished in 2019 and reopened in November of that year.

But along with several other venues across the county, it was forced to close in March last year due to lockdown. It had only been able to host a few screenings before then.

As most of Scotland’s restrictions eased last month, which included cinemas being able to reopen and resume business, those at The Fraser Centre were planning the return of its screenings.

People visiting the centre’s 108-capacity cinema will see a slight change as handrails have been added to the staircase that leads to seats positioned higher up, following requests from the public

Among the movies planned in the coming weeks is the new James Bond film No Time To Die.

All tickets are £3 plus a booking fee per ticket, a special offer to celebrate the cinema opening once more. This price is available for films up to October 14. Tickets are non-refundable and can be booked at thefrasercentre.com/films-live-events

There is limited capacity for all screenings, with social distancing in place. Facemasks must be worn by anyone aged over five unless they are exempt or eating/drinking.

It already held some screenings last week and there are more to come.

On Thursday (October 7), The Last Bus is screened at 2pm.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is shown on Saturday (October 9) at 3pm, with Respect, a film about Aretha Franklin starring Jennifer Hudson, following at 7pm.

No Time To Die, Daniel Craig’s final outing as famous spy James Bond, is screened on October 16 at 3pm and 7pm, and again on October 21 at 2pm; tickets £7 (£5 concession).

A thank you was shared to all of The Fraser Centre’s sponsors and its programming partners INDY Cinema Group.

David Orr, manager for The Fraser Centre Community Trust, said: “We are excited to introduce our cinema programme in The Fraser Centre.

“With the venue on the site of the town’s old picture house, we have always planned to reintroduce cinema as part of our new award-winning building and we are delighted to share our opening programme for everyone to enjoy.”

Those interested in joining the cinema volunteer team are asked to visit thefrasercentre.com/careers, volunteereastlothian.org.uk or call 01875 617444. Weekend and midweek opportunities are available.