Campaigners in the Borders town of Kelso hope to use the new Land Reform Act to save their local cinema from property developers.
Campaigners want to reinvent the Roxy
They want The Roxy converted into a community venue for showing films, holding concerts and staging other small events.
The Land Reform Scotland Act means they can buy the land the building stands on, rather than the theatre itself.
The community wants to prevent the cinema being converted into flats.
The law states that there must be a willing seller and The Roxy is already on the market.
Criteria says that there must be a population of less than 10,000 for the law to apply and Kelso has about 6,000.
Any proposal put forward under the new legislation must also prove it will benefit the local community.
Campaigner Colin McGrath said: "I want to save the Roxy cinema as an entertainment centre for Kelso and the Land Reform Act gives us the unique opportunity to put our stamp on it.
"You can also get grants by using the act as well and it's something that has never been done from this point of view."
It is hoped the cinema could host concerts and even church services if locals are successful.
Julie Lough is a member of the Poole family which has owned and run cinemas all over the east of Scotland and her father owns the Roxy.
She said: "There used to be three cinemas in Kelso when cinema-going was huge in the 30s.
"This one changed from a church into a cinema in the late 30s, I would think, and is the only last surviving one.
"We wouldn't be unhappy if they were to buy it out as an ongoing cinema."