CINEMA fans are being asked to help raise £150,000 as part of plans to reopen a cinema in Aberdeen.

The independent Belmont Cinema closed in 2022 – with the loss of 20 jobs – after the charity that oversaw its running went into administration.

Architects have been drawing up new designs for what a new-look venue could look like.

Belmont Community Cinema Ltd, which was set up by the Belmont Cinema Campaign, said public support so far had been “fantastic” so far and that it was now time to introduce a crowdfunding element.

Dallas King, a trustee of Belmont Community Cinema Ltd, said grants would be sought for the project.

“We are looking to raise over £2 million,” he told BBC Scotland News.

“We have set that target in order to do it,” King added although accepted that it was going to be a “huge challenge”.

He explained: “Over the last year-and-a-half people have always asked what we can do to help.

“So this is the point we felt was the right time to let the public know what we’ve been up to and allow them to play their part on the journey.

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“The target for the public crowdfunder is £150 000.”

King continued: “It’s a cinema for the community. In order for it to attract modern audiences it needs to be an experience that gets them off the couch and into the cinema again.”

You can donate to the crowdfunder HERE with supporters believing that if funding is secured the work on the building could be complete within six months.