Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, has welcomed the announcement that Hailsham Pavilion Cinema will receive funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund.
As part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, a £30 million fund is provided for independent cinemas. In the first tranche of awards, 43 independent cinemas across England will benefit from funding totalling over £650,000.
Hailsham Pavilion Cinema is one of the successful recipients of the grant. The award will be used to ensure that it can operate safely and viably under Covid-secure conditions. The cinema is now open and you can book your visit at: hailshampavilion.co.uk.
This important cash boost will help independent cinemas across the country weather the storm of the coronavirus pandemic. Cinemas are able to apply for Safety Grants of up to £10,000, to help independent venues meet the additional costs of creating a safe and Covid-secure environment for staff and audiences.
Nus Ghani said: “Nothing can beat watching something for the first time in a cinema. Wealden’s small independent cinemas are great hubs for our local communities and I am aware of the challenges they have faced over the last few months. Hailsham is a fantastic town and it always strives to support local businesses and the high street. Hailsham Pavilion Cinema has a longstanding history in the community, and I am delighted that it is a successful recipient of the funding and has now reopened its doors to customers.”
Applications to the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinema are open until 30 October. Further detail can be found here.
To support the UK’s film industry at every point of the screen supply chain the government has also opened the application process for the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme to help TV and film productions across the country that have been halted or delayed by a lack of insurance to get back up and running. Applications to the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme are now open and further detail can be found here.