Curzon thanks supporters after receiving almost £240,000 in lottery funding

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:12 01 October 2019

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

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

Curzon Cinema

A grade II-listed cinema will receive almost £240,000 in lottery funding to help fix its leaky roof.

Clevedon's Curzon cinema has been successful in its bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and will gain £239,900 to replace its 1920s roof tiles, which had become very fragile and caused leaks throughout the building.

The cinema, in Old Church Road, missed out on a £2.2million bid from the HLF in October.

Built in 1912, the Curzon is one of the UK's oldest, purpose-built cinemas.

The HLF donation represents 40 per cent of the final roof repair bill and applications have been made to trusts and foundations to secure at least a further £100,000.

Damage caused by rain coming though the damaged roof.     Picture: MARK ATHERTONDamage caused by rain coming though the damaged roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The cinema is also ready to raise any remaining funds through a bank loan in order to start the roof works early in the new year.

Curzon chief executive Susannah Shaw said the cash is 'a real boost'.

She said: "The response from our community to this call out for funds has been wonderful, people are reacting with generosity and genuine affection for the Curzon.

"To have validation from the HLF recognising what we know is true about this tremendous community asset, that it has heritage and cultural value, is a real boost to the hard work we are all doing."

Damage caused by rain coming though the damaged roof.     Picture: MARK ATHERTONDamage caused by rain coming though the damaged roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Last winter, water started to come into the main auditorium, presenting the urgent need to carry out a complete roof restoration to save the cinema from closure.

In April, the Curzon launched its Tag A Tile campaign with a remit of raising £500,000.

MORE: Tag A Tile launched.

The scheme allows people to make donations of £10 or more to fund replacements for the cinema roof's 12,833 tiles.

Damage caused by rain coming though the damaged roof.     Picture: MARK ATHERTONDamage caused by rain coming though the damaged roof. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

The campaign will continue through the autumn and winter.

Chairman of trustees, Hilary Neal, added: "We are truly delighted that the HLF has made this award to help save this important community resource.

"It will give added impetus and encouragement to the continuing fundraising campaign to which our supporters have already responded with wonderful generosity."

After securing a safe roof, the Curzon wants to raise a further £2million to restore the cinema to its former glory, with plans to improve the seating, install a second screen on a restored balcony and a lift to all floors.

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