Ayr Film Society

Ayr Film Society is an award-winning community-led cinema now in its 46th year. Currently accommodated within Ayr Town Hall, we aim to provide an interesting, entertaining, eclectic and thought-provoking mix of contemporary and classic films for audiences in South Ayrshire and beyond.

Ayr Film Society provides the local community with a unique programme of foreign language films from around the world (with English subtitles), in addition to more mainstream and alternative movies. We endeavour to inject a variety of cinematic delights to compliment the diverse range of cultural and leisure activities on offer within the local area. The society actively collaborates with the flourishing cultural and arts community in Ayr.

At the end of each film, the society invites members and guests to anonymously write comments and grade the screening from 'excellent' to 'poor'. An average score is calculated and displayed the following week along with all submitted comments.

Ayr Film Society is a registered charity in Scotland (charity number: SC006980). We are affiliated with Ayr Arts Guild, Cinema for All and Film Hub Scotland.


The society started its life at Wellington Leisure Centre and Ayr Academy in the spring of 1973, charging £1 for a season of five features. In the late 70’s, in conjunction with the local teacher training college, Craigie College, we amalgamated due to the expansion of our society and the decimation of the college society. At that point we amended our name to Ayr & Craigie College Film Society, later to be truncated to Ayr and Craigie Film Society in 1982 when the college became part of Paisley University.

We screened films at the Craigie College lecture theatre until 2012, when the new University of the West of Scotland building took over from the old college. For several years, the name reverted to Ayr Film Society - with 'Screen on the Campus' being added to highlight the location. Sadly, the society was without a home during the 2012-13 Season. During this time, the number of screenings was reduced from 18 to just six for one year only. These movies were screened at Prestwick Bowling Club. In 2013, a new permanent home was secured in Ayr Town Hall where we now screen over 20 films each season.


Tony Scott (Chair), Ron Currie (Treasurer & Secretary), Mary McQuaker, Eleanor Danks, Alan Stewart, John Callan, Eibhlin Corrigan, Yolanda McCall, Gerda Scott, Chie Hasegawa, Rishaad Ait El Moudden, Paul Stewart.

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