Dunbar trials 360° cinemax to rapturous response

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CROWDS rushed to express their delight at Dunbar Coastlife Centre’s trial cinemax over the weekend.

Following national coverage on television and radio, 1,600 visitors came to the trial venue, despite the rough weather, and the overwhelming response after a showing of film clips in 360º was that a permanent facility of this sort on the East Beach site could be just what Dunbar needs to boost its economy.

Alasdair Swan, of the Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Group, which led the trial, said: “Our visitors were astonished and excited about the potential for a space like this. There was great enthusiasm for linking content to early conservationist John Muir’s childhood environment, as well as for using the space for business promotion, film nights, acoustic music and art. The ideas for content seemed to be almost limitless.”

Dee Davison, part of the trial planning team said, “The trial went exactly to plan and we are hugely grateful to all the volunteers from Dunbar who helped us throughout, with cheery smiles and good humour.”

All information gathered from the trial will form part of a detailed feasibility study by Phoenix Economics and the results will be publicly available in about 12 weeks time. The study has been funded so far by Big Lottery, East Lothian Council and Dunbar Community Council.