Scarborough and Malton independent cinemas to receive Culture Recovery Fund grants

Cinemas in Scarborough and Malton will benefit from the latest round of coronavirus grants from the government.

By George Buksmann
Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 10:34 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 10:38 am

A total of £16 million in grants will be given to 202 independent cinemas across the country from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport has announced.

The Hollywood Plaza in Scarborough will receive £70,497 and the Palace Cinema in Malton will receive £148,720 to allow them to keep running during the pandemic.

The £1.5 billion fund was announced in July to support cultural and arts organisations, such as museums, theatres, and cinemas, that had become financially unviable during the pandemic.

Sign up to our daily The Scarborough News Today newsletter

Hollywood Plaza staff Stuart Eames, left, and Andrew Nesbit when the cinema reopened earlier this year.

This latest round of funding is in addition to the £30 million already being allocated by the British Film Institute.

Cinemas will be able to apply for another £14 million in grants in the new year as part of the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

The coronavirus pandemic forced production on TV and film sets to cease earlier this year.

Recognising that cinemas need content, during this crisis, the Government’s Film and TV Production Restart Scheme has helped keep the cameras rolling at the other end of the screen supply chain.

The £500 million scheme, which opened for applications in October, has assured nearly 100 productions that they will be supported if future losses are incurred due to Covid-19 and provided the confidence they need to restart filming.

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.”