Tag A Tile launched to fundraise for grade-II listed cinema
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 June 2019
Thousands of tiles which will line the roof of a grade-II listed cinema will display drawings, names and memories in a bid to raise £500,000 to carry out 'urgent' repairs.
The Curzon, in Old Church Road in Clevedon, launched its fundraising appeal in April to raise the vital funds to repair the roof.
From next week, people can back the campaign with donations of £10 or more to Tag A Tile on the Curzon's new roof.
Fundraising campaign manager, Karen Edgington told the Times: "We are going to launch it next week with people being able to write on tiles.
"We are asking people to make a suggested donation of £10 with whatever they want to write or draw.
"They can share their memories of the Curzon or what film means to them."
There are a total of 12,833 tiles on the Curzon roof at the moment and the organisers hope to raise £16,000 through the new sponsored scheme.
Karen said: "The roof has not been holding out well after weeks of bad weather.
"We recently showed people where the worst of the water comes in and the walls are completely sodden and the tiles are crumbling apart. You can see day light through some of the roof and you can hear water dropping into a bucket during a film."
The Curzon has saved up £60,000 in its reserves which it will now put towards the urgent repairs and is hoping to secure £240,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund before the winter.
Karen added: "I can't bear to think of what could happen if we don't start the work before winter.
"It has been happening behind the scenes for a while but we could always control it.
"However, last December brought in the terrible storms and then it started coming through the auditorium and kiosk.
"We are taking regular risk assessment to make sure people are safe. When they aren't, then we will be forced to close but thankfully we are a little way off from that yet."
The Curzon will hold Tag A Tile Tuesdays during box office opening times from 10am-2pm and from 4.30-6.30pm.
People will be able to go in and make a donation and design their tile, those who have already made donations over the years can do the same if they can present evidence of it.