Building Deptford Cinema

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Building Deptford Cinema

Building Deptford Cinema

Deptford Cinema By Deptford Cinema

Deptford Cinema have secured a building, and we now need to complete the building work required to transform it into a vibrant community arts organisation.

Lewisham Idea stage

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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:

  • Install a staircase
  • Build a bar/cafe area
  • Build disabled toilets
  • Build partition walls
  • Restore shop front
  • Soundproofing and fireproofing

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:

  • Coordinate and train volunteers to assist contractor with unskilled labour
  • Employ the service of building contractor Mr. Kamya Rashid to implement building plan
  • Purchase building materials from Jewson's

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.

Location Lewisham

About the space

Deptford Cinema



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How will the money be spent?Total £17,158

unskilled labour - £4,000 (23%)
Electrics - £3,633 (21%)
Raising ground floor and staircase trim out - £3,200 (19%)
Stud walls - £2,445 (14%)
Stairs - £890 (5%)
bathrooms - £560 (3%)
Doors - £418 (2%)
cinema seating - £350 (2%)
Bar/cafe - £300 (2%)
structural steel beam - £150 (1%)
Other - £1,213 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

unskilled labour
Raising ground floor and staircase trim out
Stud walls
cinema seating
structural steel beam
  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £17,158

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