Cinema receives £160k ‘boost’

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 October 2015

The Curzon cinema.

The Curzon cinema.

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The Curzon cinema has been awarded a £160,000 loan from an ethical bank to help fund a major refurbishment.

Triodos Bank agreed to the loan which allow the cinema to pay for a new café bar to the rear of the Old Church Road building. The eatery is due to open on Wednesday.

Building work to the Teatro Lounge has been completed and the finishing touches are currently being added to the development which includes a large ground floor space, second-storey extension and new roof terrace.

Mark Ogden, relationship manager at Triodos Bank, said: “We are delighted to support the Curzon.

“For local residents it’s an intrinsic part of the thriving Clevedon community, and this loan will help the charity become an even greater cultural and artistic hub.”

The Curzon, which opened in 1912, has been a charity for more than 20 years and Hilary Neal, chairman of the Curzon trustees, says the new development will give a ‘boost’ to the town and its economy.

She said: “The trustees of the Curzon are really pleased to be working with Triodos to help us finance this exciting new development.

“We are looking forward to the opening of the new Loungers bar and restaurant which will help secure the charity’s income and provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.

“This refurbishment allows us to retain many of the original features of the building whilst modernising the space for the public to enjoy for many years to come.”

The Curzon has also been named as exhibitor of the month by the Independent Cinema Office for its varied schedule of films and events.

Susannah Shaw, Curzon CEO, said: “The Curzon is hugely valued by Clevedon residents, both as a heritage building and as a cinema with the latest Hollywood films alongside the best foreign and art house releases. The developments in programming have included a wide range of live streams from The Rocky Horror Show to Othello, alongside art exhibitions, theatre, stand-up comedy and music.”

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