Curzon roof in 'terrible state' with £500k of repairs required

PUBLISHED: 07:09 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:11 24 April 2019

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Half a million pounds is needed to carry out 'vital repairs' to a grade II-listed cinema before winter.

The ceiling in the Curzon cinema. Picture: Susannah ShawThe ceiling in the Curzon cinema. Picture: Susannah Shaw

The roof of Clevedon's Curzon cinema is in urgent need of work.

The Curzon missed out on a multi-million bid from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in October, despite putting forward a strong application.

The staff asked for £2.6million to pay for the repairs, with the 1920s roof tiles becoming very fragile and leaks throughout the building.

Chief executive Susannah Shaw, said: “The HLF thought we were definitely worth it but there were limited funds with 28 applications and it could only choose four.

Susannah Shaw and Tuppence Middleton launched the fundraising appeal. Picture: Curzon CinemaSusannah Shaw and Tuppence Middleton launched the fundraising appeal. Picture: Curzon Cinema

“We ticked all the boxes and they felt it would be a very strong fit.

“Instead it has suggested we apply for its new smaller fund, where the maximum it can give is £250,000.”

Susannah said the roof was in 'a really terrible state' and was 'very flaky', with the roof tiles being 'past their prime'.

She added: “We can't lay insulation down on the iron panelling in the ceiling as it cannot bare the extra weight.

Tuppence Middleton.Tuppence Middleton.

“It has been really carefully looked into and the Victorian drains will also need work as well.

“It needs something which will last which will also recover the rain water to make it as sustainable as possible.”

Actress Tuppence Middleton has backed the appeal – becoming a patron of the cinema and paying a surprise visit to the venue for the final screening of the hugely popular Fisherman's Friend.

Susannah said: “She is a local girl who has that ease about her.

“She has fond memories of coming to the Curzon and eating Poppets while watching a film.”

Susannah said her team is 'confident' it will raise the amount and is working on applications to trusts and funds.

She added: “The response we have had from the public has been amazing. The Fisherman's Friends night raised £1,000.

“We are aiming to raise £100,000 by September and we have our reserves which was put aside for the refurbishment – that money will now be redirected to this.

“We are just throwing everything we have got at it and hoping we can raise the funds.”

To donate, visit the Curzon website or text CURZ002 to 70331, 70970 or 70191 to donate £3, £5 or £10 respectively.

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