Opportunities for reopening a cinema in Thurso are to be discussed at a public meeting in the town this week.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is hosting a meeting with the prospective new operator, Rob Arthur of The Thurso Cinema Limited, who will explain his thoughts on bringing the cinema back into operation and seek comments and views from the community.
The meeting is being held at the Pentland Hotel, Thurso on Friday 15 June at 7pm, and all interested members of the community are invited to attend.
The All Star Factory opened in October 2001 in a £1.5 million development which included two 152 and 88-seater cinemas, a six-lane bowling alley and bar, restaurant, a games hall and offices. The premises closed at the end of September 2009, leaving Inverness as the closest mainland cinema, 110 miles away.
The building is currently owned by Gunn Developments Ltd, which is willing to assist with the redevelopment and keen to see the venue re-open.
Roy Kirk, Area Manager from HIE, said: "The All Star Factory was an extremely important part of the community of Caithness and Sutherland, and it has left a real gap since its closure.
"The Thurso Cinema Limited is keen to understand the hopes and aspirations of the community for a thriving local cinema. HIE is facilitating this public meeting to enable the community to hear the current suggestions and feed in their views.
"We strongly encourage anyone with an interest in the future of the cinema to come along and take part."
HIE commissioned a feasibility study by Regional Screen Scotland which was completed in 2011 and made available to all parties interested in redeveloping the cinema.
Views and comments are also welcome through the new website set up by The Thurso Cinema Ltd at www.thursocinema.co.uk