Cinemas across Scotland will in the coming weeks support the Commonwealth Games by screening the opening and closing ceremonies live and for free, thanks to support from the economic and community development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

Taking place in 21 cinemas across towns and cities including Edinburgh, Inverness, Stirling, Thurso, Oban, Hamilton and Campbeltown. The screenings are intended to extend the excitement of the Games – taking place in Glasgow from 23 July-3 August – to a wide range of communities.

A full list of cinemas taking part can be found at the HIE website.

The opening ceremony will be screened at 9.00pm on Wednesday 23 July, with the closing ceremony to follow on Sunday 3 August.

Commenting, Grainne Peat, Policy Executive at the CEA said:

“Building on the success of screenings of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, this latest initiative is further evidence of the central role that cinemas can play in bringing communities together. The 2014 Commonwealth Games represent a unique occasion for Scotland and we are delighted that so many of our members are helping to get their communities involved.”