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Alan Cumming returns to Aberfeldy for Birks Cinema opening

Alan Cumming
Image caption Alan Cumming has been patron of the Birks Cinema project since 2009

Hollywood actor Alan Cumming has returned to the small Perthshire town where he was born to formally open its new cinema.

The 48-year-old star of X-Men 2 and the US TV drama The Good Wife will attend a special gala at the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy on Saturday.

The 1930s cinema, which fell into decline in the 1970s, has undergone a £1.3m makeover in the past four years.

Guests are due to arrive on the red carpet at 19:15.

They will be shown a special screening of the actor's latest film Any Day Now.

Also due to attend the event is Scotland's Machar and playwright Liz Lochhead and veteran Scottish actor Ralph Riach.

The black tie event marks the culmination of a landmark year for the Birks, which re-opened its doors in April after lying empty for almost 10 years.

'Big difference'

Since then the project has drawn awards for its regeneration and secured a place on the shortlist for Scotland's Building of the Year 2014.

Image caption The cinema opened in the 1930s but was closed in the 1980s after becoming a bingo hall

Alan Cumming has served as patron of the project since 2009, when its transformation from a derelict bingo hall to 104-seat cinema began.

General manager Paul Foley said: "Everyone is really looking forward to welcoming Alan Cumming back to Aberfeldy, where he was born, and we can't wait to give him the grand tour around the Birks Cinema.

"Alan has seen pictures of the building before it was restored so he'll see a big difference when he arrives in town this weekend.

"We are grateful for the support he has given the project over the past four years and we're delighted to have him here to formally open the cinema.

"It is a fantastic reward after all the hard work everyone has put in."

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