Applications for this funding round are now closed. Follow this page for info on the 2019 round.
Just a year since the local community raised £57,000 to bring The Castle Cinema back to life, we're chuffed to say that the cinema is now fully operational! One of our original objectives was to offer community events in the bar area, and so far we hosted art exhibitions, school outings, film society meetings... even Santa's grotto! However, we’ve discovered that if there's more than a handful of people in the bar, it starts to impact the cinema. So currently we’ve had to stop doing many events to avoid disrupting the screenings. We really want to continue with our goal of becoming a community hub, so we’ve come up with a plan of improvements to enable both rooms to be used at the same time (see the specifics below). We also want to be able to tell passers-by about the range of events on offer, by adding a fabulous sign with movable letters to tell everyone what's on! Finally, we want to add curtains to keep the cinema screen safe, in case any events use both rooms.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Last year's success shows how passionate local residents are about having a local, independent, community cinema on Chatsworth Road. We want to deliver the full potential of The Castle Cinema as a community hub, hosting great events alongside great films.
Steps to get it done:
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