hibsSince 1975, the Hebrides islands off of Scotland have been without a movie theater. Anyone desperate to see, say, Transporter 2 or March of the Penguins had no choice but to go to Inverness. While that perhaps doesn't sound like that big of a deal, when one realizes that Inverness is over 100 miles from the western Hebrides (50 by ferry + 60 by car), you begin to realize that seeing Brad Pitt might not be that important.

That said, however, residents of Stornoway (the town in which the new cinema is being built) haven't been totally without Hollywood for the past 30 years. After the local disco stopped screening films, they began showing in the
Stornoway Town Hall, a practice which has continued once a month for over 20 years. No matter what film is showing, most screenings are packed - over 1500 people crammed into the space to see Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and police were once brought in to subdue an unruly crowd eager to see The Perfect Storm (hey, when George Clooney is involved, you don't mess around).

The new theater, built with a combination of National Lottery revenue and private funds, is set to open next month.
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