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9:54 AM 21st December 2020
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Over Two Hundred Independent Cinemas Supported Through The Culture Recovery Fund This Christmas

Hebden Bridge Picture House
Hebden Bridge Picture House
More than 200 independent cinemas across England are being supported this Christmas with £16 million in grants from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Two hundred and two cinemas have received funding so far from a £30 million pot allocated by the British Film Institute (BFI), on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, as part of the biggest ever single investment in this country’s cultural sectors. More grant applications from independent cinemas are also currently being assessed. Cinemas will be able to apply for another £14 million in grants in the new year as part of the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. The new round of funding is in addition to the £30 million already being allocated by the BFI.

The BFI has been accepting applications and awarding grants to independent cinemas throughout the autumn. Eligible cinemas were able to apply for Safety Grants, to help venues meet the immediate costs of implementing Covid-secure measures to protect staff and audiences, and larger Business Sustainability grants to help stabilise sites financially.

Recognising that cinemas need content, during this crisis, the Government’s Film and TV Production Restart Scheme has helped keep the cameras rolling at the other end of the screen supply chain. The £500 million scheme, which opened for applications in October, has assured nearly 100 productions that they will be supported if future losses are incurred due to Covid-19 and provided the confidence they need to restart filming.

From today (Dec 21st), the scope of the Restart Scheme has been extended so that cast and crew over the age of 70 can be included in the cover provided by the scheme. The changes to the scheme will enable productions to receive compensation for Covid-related delays affecting up to two cast or crew members over 70 years old. This extension will give productions that involve cast and crew over 70 the confidence to start or restart production, increasing employment opportunities for this group.

The deadline for productions to register for the scheme has also been extended until April 2021, giving more film and high-end TV projects the security to start shooting in the spring.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“The magic of film is such an important part of the festive period and this investment will help protect our independent cinemas so they're around for many Christmases to come. Alongside it, the extension of the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme means the UK will be producing even more great content as the cinema industry recovers, keeping us at the forefront of the creative industries.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said:

“As a Star Wars fan, I know there’s no better place to experience great films than in your local cinema and these grants will provide vital support for independent venues through Christmas and beyond.

“Our Restart Scheme has already helped to get nearly 100 film and TV productions back up and running as part of our Plan for Jobs, and it’s right that we extend this to support even more jobs in the UK’s creative industries, including for the over 70s.”

Funded cinemas across the region are:

Archlight Cinema, £2,299
Cottage Road Cinema, Leeds, £80,031
Empire, Catterick Garrison, £7,863
Hebden Bridge Picture House, £101,271
Hollywood Plaza, Scarborough, £70,497
Ilkley Cinema, Ilkley, £204,421
Keighley Picture House, £80,402
Light, Bradford, £7,164
Light, Sheffield, £7,164
Palace Cinema, Malton, £148,720
Parkway Cinema, Barnsley, £82,757
Parkway Cinema, Beverley, £282,169
Parkway Cleethorpes, £282,169
Penistone Paramount, £95,844
Plaza, Skipton, £47,554
Reel Cinema, Kingston upon Hull, £9,997
Reel Cinema, Wakefield, £9,997
Rex, Elland, £49,813
Ritz, Thirsk, £6,392
Savoy, Doncaster, £121,313
Showroom, Sheffield, £546,449
Station Cinema, Richmond, £64,469
Wetherby Film Theatre, Wetherby, £34,289