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COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

Scottish cinema operators share £2m worth of funding support to help bring back audiences

Independent cinemas across Scotland are to get nearly £2 million worth of new public funding support to help them reopen.

A host of Scotland’s most historic picture houses will be among the dozens of venues getting extra financial help to withstand the impact of ongoing social distancing restrictions.

The Scottish Government’s film and TV funding agency, Screen Scotland, has announced the lifeline funding to coincide with the date for cinemas to reopen for the first time since new lockdown restrictions were imposed in December.

They were allowed to open for five months last year following the initial easing of restrictions.

In common with theatres and concert halls in Scotland, cinema operators have been told to enforce two metre social distancing on audiences.

The new lifelife grants, worth £1.98m, have been shared among 29 venues and operators across Scotland six months after £3.55m was distributed to help the independent sector bridge the financial gap caused Covid restrictions.

Campbeltown Picture House, Bo’ness Hippodrome and the Pavilion Cinema in Galashiels are among the long-running venues welcoming back audiences in coming days with the help of the latest support.

Read more information here.

photo: The reopening of the Bo’ness Hippodrome is being supported.

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