MP Victoria Atkins calls for Kinema support during Covid-19
The Kinema in the Woods is among 43 independent UK cinemas to receive a share of an initial £650,000 in funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas.
The awards have been made by the British Film Institute (BFI) to support England’s screen sector.
The Kinema in the Woods received a safety grant of £4,002.
That meant the venue, which closed during the opening stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, could welcome back its diverse audiences that attend a wide range of screenings.
They include the latest releases, baby-friendly film showings and regular accessible screenings for local people with autism and dementia.
Ms Atkins said: “I am delighted by the news that the Kinema has received a share of the Cultural Recovery Fund.
“The Kinema is a much loved institution that has been providing enjoyment for residents for nearly 100 years and I am pleased that the Government has recognised its importance to the local area through this funding.
“I would encourage people to visit. The Compton organ being played during a film intermission by Alan Underwood always makes for a special experience.”
Philip Jones, Manager of the Kinema, said: “We are very grateful to the Culture Recovery Fund for supporting the costs of putting into place safety measures and providing PPE which meant we could safely reopen our doors.”
The award came in the first tranche of money from a £30 million pot being allocated by the BFI on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will support organisations across England.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “During lockdown, many of us sought comfort in the escapism of a good film from our living rooms, but nothing can beat watching something for the first time in a cinema.
“This funding is just the first tranche of our help for independent cinemas with more support to come up and down the country each week.
“ The government has proven that we are committed to being here for culture and I urge the public to also play their part and support their local independent cinemas too so that they have a sustainable future.”
Cinemas are able to apply for Safety Grants, to help independent venues meet the additional costs of creating a safe and covid-secure environment for staff and audiences.
Business Sustainability grants of up to £200,000 are also available to help stabilise venues as they reopen.