The Government has confirmed it is supporting independent cinemas this Christmas from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, including £171,566 each for White River Cinema in St Austell and the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay.
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.
Mid-Cornwall Member of Parliament Steve Double has welcomed this news locally. He said:
“I know how much people enjoy visiting their local cinemas and how important they are to our communities. I have heard from many local residents who have been just as concerned as me about the difficulties local cinema is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have raised these concerns with the Government. Subsequently I am delighted that independent cinemas across the country, including White River and Lighthouse cinemas in St Austell and Newquay have received support from the Government. This will be vital for these venues through Christmas and beyond.”
Commenting, 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.”