THE Central Cinema in Barnstaple has been named best UK Independent Cinema in the 2008 Cinema Industry Awards, sponsored by Walt Disney Studios UK.It beat off stiff competition from across the country to win the award, recognised as an Oscar for the UK cinema industry.Tony Meehan, for RAAM, the organisers, said; "The number of entries this year was the highest ever and the level of competition in every category was extremely fierce."The Central Cinema was judged by an independent panel of film distributors, including Warner Bros, Disney, Fox, Entertainment, Sony and Paramount to be the best in the UK and fully deserving of the recognition."Peter Hoare, managing director of Scott Cinemas, which owns the Barnstaple complex, said: "To receive this prestigious award is tremendous recognition for all the people who work in the company."When we heard we were in this year's nominations, we were delighted. To be named the number one independent cinema in the UK is just terrific and I must thank all of my staff for achieving this award, together with RAAM and the UK film distributors for making this possible."The RAAM awards were established four years ago to recognise the achievements of thousands of people who each week make it possible for the millions of cinema-goers to see their favourite movies.The awards are decided by Nielson EDI box office data, an advisory board which represents all parts of the UK and Irish film distribution and exhibition industry.