A UNIQUE exhibition is being held in Ayr highlighting the history of one of South Ayrshire’s historic buildings.

Friends of the Prestwick Broadway have pitched up in the Grain Exchange on High Street.

The exhibition, The History of the Broadway and Other Cinemas of Ayr and Prestwick features items, photos, and memorabilia from the Broadway and other cinemas to have been located in South Ayrshire.

A statement from the Friends of the Prestwick Broadway reads: “The History of the Broadway display will take you on a journey through our cinema’s past, from opening in April 1935 through the golden age of cinema to the present day.

“For The Other Cinemas of Ayr and Prestwick we will also feature include Prestwick Picture House, The Gaumont, The Green’s Playhouse, Odeon Ayr, The Orient Cinema, The Picture Palace, The Regal Cinema and the Ritz Cinema.

“We are delighted to partner with the Grain Exchange for this historic event and can’t wait to welcome you all again for a trip down memory lane! See you there!”

Those wanting to get a glimpse of South Ayrshire’s history of cinema will have to act fast as the event will close this weekend (Sunday 20).

The exhibition is open from 12.30-4.30pm each day.

The Grain Exchange is operated by South Ayrshire Council.

Friends of the Prestwick Broadway volunteers have been very active on social media where they have been posting regular updates as part of a series they have done looking at the history of South Ayrshire cinemas.

The group are seeking to revive the old Broadway Cinema building, at the heart of town’s Main Street.

They hope to offer the renovated building as a community space.

They’ve joined forces with the building’s owners, Buzzworks Holdings to make the project possible.

Renovation work began last year, with the front two rooms, which had previously hosted an amusement arcade and a snooker hall, to be made

available for use as a place to hold events for the community, and to offer space to hire for those who need it.

The original cinema space at the rear of the building – last used in 1975 – will remain out of action, but pop-up cinema events will be likely to take place.

Speaking to the Advertiser last year, Julie Twaddell, Director of Friends of the Broadway Prestwick said: “The Broadway has terrific potential to be a well-used and well-loved asset for the people of Prestwick.

“A digitally connected, accessible and inclusive space for groups to use, and for us to show films in.”