The Light Cinema in Cambridge saved by government Culture Recovery Fund

Pictured above: The Light CInema on Cambridge Leisure Park. (Credit: David Johnson).

A Cambridge cinema is one of many cultural organisations that has been supported by a government grant from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Administered by the British Film Institute (BFI) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, funding has supported Roman baths, a Georgian outdoor swimming pool, and the country’s oldest synagogue, among others.

Light Cinemas received £2,928,364 to support 10 theatres, including the one in the Cambridge Leisure Park.

Ben Roberts, chief executive of BFI said: “Across the country, local independent cinemas are lifelines for communities and often the only form of culture and entertainment. As well as bringing people together to enjoy the magic of the big screen, local cinemas are hubs for educational and film activities and provide thousands of jobs.”

Keith Pullinger, deputy chairman and founder of The Light Cinemas, said: “Covid-19 has devastated our finances and this grant is essential to protect our future and ensure our survival.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but we now have a platform to start rebuilding our business from.

“Our landlords and suppliers will need to play their part but this will help protect the jobs of the 220 people who are employed at our cinemas.”

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