Bridgnorth cinema to get funding boost from Culture Recovery Fund

Bridgnorth's only cinema will receive a share of funding from the first round of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Manager James Frizzell at Majestic Cinema in Bridgnorth
Manager James Frizzell at Majestic Cinema in Bridgnorth

Reel Cinemas, which runs the the Majestic Cinema in Bridgnorth, has been awarded £1.5m to support 13 multiplexes.

The latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the British Film Institute, on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, build on over £1 billion awarded to a huge range of cultural and heritage organisations last year.

Ambitious projects at 22 heritage organisations will benefit from £13.5 million in targeted grants allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restart regeneration and maintenance projects that were planned before the pandemic and now face delays or increased costs.

Meanwhile, 33 cinemas across England will benefit from £5 million awarded by the BFI.

'Vital'

KC Suri, head of Reel Cinemas, said: “It has been very important to us to pursue all opportunities to protect the jobs of every staff member at Reel Cinemas, and to enable the cinemas to reopen, when permitted, to continue to serve our communities.

"This is why we want to thank the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the BFI who have awarded us this grant from the Culture Recovery Fund.

"This vital funding will enable us to protect job security and to manage our business sustainability at this challenging time.”

Ben Roberts, chief executive, BFI, added: “Across the country, local independent cinemas are lifelines for communities and often the only form of culture and entertainment.

"As well as bringing people together to enjoy the magic of the big screen, local cinemas are hubs for educational and film activities and provide thousands of jobs.

"The pandemic has made clear just how important local communities are and the support of the Culture Recovery Fund means that many cinemas will be able to reopen and play a vital role in local economies and regeneration.”

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