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Arts / Documentary screening to reflect on history of the North Star

The North Star in its cinema days.

A DOCUMENTARY about the history of the old North Star cinema and music venue is set to be shown later this month.

JJ Jamieson’s 40-minute film North Star will be screened at the Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick on 12 December.

The documentary has only been shown publicly once before, at the 2017 Screenplay.

The film documents the building’s 100-year history through interviews and stories told by staff and customers.

The building on Harbour Street endured a number of different uses, from film, music, bingo and a nightclub, before it was demolished in 2012 to make way for flats.

JJ Jamieson, who works as a projectionist at current cinema and music venue Mareel, said: “Initially I was inspired to make the film as I wanted to understand what being a projectionist would have been like back in the 1940s and 50s and capture the evolution of cinema as well as the lifespan of the building.

“From there I started gathering stills, audio footage and collecting stories from those who used the venue in its different forms, from its original purpose as a cinema in 1913 right through to its nightclub days.”

The screening will take place in the museum and archives’ search room at 7pm and only 30 spaces will be available. There will also be a Q&A session with Jamieson after.

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