Scotland's most northerly cinema could be set to reopen within the next two months - three years after it was mothballed.
Thurso's cinema shut its doors in September 2009. But now enterprise bosses are backing a plan to start screenings once again.
Almost 200 people turned out at a public meeting in the Caithness town on Friday to hear about plans for the former All Star Factory.
Prospective operator Rob Arthur, who was previously managing directory of Apollo Cinemas, said he was satisfied it would be viable.
"I firmly believe that a cinema should be at the heart of a community," he said, adding that equipment at the venue - which only opened in 2001 - remained in good working order.
"I'd like to be up and running by the launch of Brave on August 3."
Since the Thurso complex shut, the nearest cinema has been in Inverness - more than 100 miles, and two hours, away.
The plans have yet to be finalised a a deal has yet to be reached, but it is thought the reopening of the cinema could create the equivalent of up to eight full-time jobs in the town.
Roy Kirk, Caithness and Sutherland area manager for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: "We're excited about the proposal and I'm very confident that this is something that will come to pass and come to pass quickly.
"We're currently in negotiation to put in a modest amount of money to make it happen."