Mikey McManus, Oban Phoenix Cinema, Oban (Level 2 Awardee)
Mikey is 36 years old and lives in Oban and has written this case study in his own words.
I had recently moved to the area and learnt through my fiancée that the cinema was closed, however a small group of volunteers were in the process of buying it back. I offered my help and designed their logo and website. I later joined the community and when the cinema was purchased I gathered and peer led a team of volunteers to project manage the refurbishment. It has become a labour of love and can take joy in the fact that Oban will once again have their cinema back and will not line the pockets of an individual; it’s a community asset now.
- We are a company limited by guarantee.
- We are a charity
- We bought a shut down cinema from the liquidators
- We are refurbishing it now
- We hope to open it this year
- We are the closest cinema for 120 miles.
- Level 2 Award of £11,600 in November 2011 - active
Journey High Points
- Buying the cinema
- Starting the refurbishment
- Giving the people something
Journey Low Points
- Asbestos through the refurbishment
- Dealing with committees
- Having to be interviewed for the managers job
The Difference Made
Through this I have befriended so many people and learnt so much. I have never project managed anything before and have enjoyed the practical as well as the theory side to buildings, third sector, community apathy, community help, board members etc. I have been part of something that will remain a local legacy for years to come.
Vital Firstport Ingredients
- The level 2 award helped immensely. Without Firstport I would have been unable to support myself.
- Through networking I have been to several courses, events and met people from all over social enterprise which have proved so valuable in supporting this venture.
The first year has been hard and a lot of physical work has been applied in order for the existing building to be ready to house the public. I have learnt so much, in an attempt to manage the cinema in a profitable way that will sustain itself for years to come. However as it is a company and has directors, not everyone sees eye to eye and as project manager I have fought for what is best. Now I have to fight again as local interviews have been announced and I put myself forward as the cinema manager. As it is in the best interests of the company, transparency must be kept. This will be a tough time given all the work I have previously done.