Keswick’s Alhambra cinema has received a grant of nearly £30,000 from the Government’s culture recovery fund.
More than 200 independent cinemas have so far received funding from a £30m pot allocated by the British Film Institute 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.
The total award of £28,636 to Keswick cinema included a health and safety award of £4,884 and a business sustainability award of £23,752.
Carol Rennie, owner/operator of Keswick Alhambra said: “We’re so grateful for the culture recovery fund. In these very lean times, the safety grant has covered the full cost of all of our coronavirus measures, and the business sustainability award will help us get through the winter, when we otherwise might have had to close, due to the cost of running with much lower audience numbers than usual.
“It’s not business as usual, but thanks to the culture recovery fund, we do at least still have a business to run!
“It’s wonderful to be able to continue to provide a bit of light relief, and a bit of culture: in times like this, a cinema visit is the chance to recapture a bit of normality, to kick back and forget about it all for a couple of hours, in a warm, cosy, and safely-distanced environment.”