The Belmont Cinema in Aberdeen will have to scale back on “highbrow arthouse” films if it’s to reopen and survive, industry experts have claimed.

And the basement being run as a speakeasy-style bar, with a bolstered food and drink offering, could help balance the books.

Aberdeen City Council officials are poised to launch a search for a new operator to take over the picture house after its closure in October.

The Press & Journal says it’s a recommendation councillors will vote on this Wednesday, with other options being put forward including the cinema’s sale.

Before deciding its future, the council tasked a cinema consultancy with mapping a potential sustainable way forward for the Belmont Street institution.

And Mustard Studio made it clear - “niche” arty films will not be enough to attract the audience needed to ensure the cinema is financially viable.

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