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The architectural plans, building budget and schedule of works are finalised. We have been granted planning permission from Lewisham Council. Now we need to get the building work underway. We have a loan to cover some of the costs, but require financial support to cover building costs to cover a range of tasks, including building a staircase, installing cinema seating, and building a toilet and bar/cafe area.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Deptford Cinema will bring a diverse programme of films and other arts events to local residents at an affordable price. At a time of ongoing economic hardship, it will be a place where people don't have to spend money to participate in social events, with concessions for disadvantaged groups, and a commitment to facilitating social cohesion.
The Cinema will also provide opportunities for young filmmakers and other artists to develop and showcase their talent. There will be a wide range of volunteering opportunities, allowing young people to gain valuable transferable skills. We will run various workshops and events in collaboration with other organisations, and aim to educate and support people from disadvantaged communities.
Deptford Cinema is located in an unsightly building that had been vacant for over 15 years. We plan to transform it into a vibrant and attractive community hub where all are welcome. This will help to regenerate the otherwise dilapidated Deptford Broadway.
Steps to get it done:
We successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign and raised over £7,800 for AV equipment. This is a strong indication of the level of support we continue to have.
We have salvaged building materials as far as possible to minimise building costs.
We have benefitted from significant national and local press coverage, including the Guardian, the BBC, and the South London Press.
We have over two hundred volunteers and counting, who will help us to build, maintain and run the Cinema. Volunteers will be involved in programming events.
We have successfully secured a Governmnet-backed loan, planning permission, a Lewisham Council grant, and an official letter of support from the Mayor of Lewisham.
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