01 May 2021
We were very grateful to have received a Safety Grant from the Culture Recovery Fund in October 2020, which helped in our Covid-19 safety adjustments made over the summer lockdown. What seemed like a large (but essential) expense to ensure our audience, volunteers and staff could return to the safest possible environment, became affordable with the grant, and released some financial pressure that we (and every other cinema) were under when contemplating reopening.
After the second and third lockdowns in November and early 2021 respectively, the cinema industry was forced into further financial difficulty, leading to the announcement of the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. We are delighted that Chichester Cinema at New Park has been lucky enough to receive £85,264 of this much-needed support. We cannot thank the BFI and DCMS enough for their great effort to keep this wonderful artform of ours alive, in the expectation that once this difficult period is over, we will come back with strength as an industry. #HereForCulture
– Walter Francisco
Cinema Director & Programmer at the Chichester Cinema at New Park