Babylon ARTS charity launches campaign to Save Ely Cinema

Babylon ARTS charity launches campaign to Save Ely Cinema

Ely Cinema based in The Maltings on Ely’s Riverside, is facing the difficult decision on whether to close later this summer. The small independent cinema has been in the building for over 20 years but arts charity Babylon ARTS who operate the single screen can no longer afford to subsidise its operation.

Claire Somerville, Chief Executive of the local charity said “We need to raise an additional £17K over the coming year to ensure the survival of the cinema.

“The High Street and small independent traders have seen some of the toughest trading in the UK for years. This alongside more competition from the out of town national chain has meant a gradual decline of our audiences. Our charity is increasingly having to subsidise the running costs of the cinema over the last two years which is clearly not sustainable in the long term. In a few months our Board will be facing the difficult decision to close it permanently.

“We know the community value the cinema, it is well loved and we have a loyal audience and fantastic volunteers who value it as a communal space that brings a unique cinema experience to the heart of our local community.

“Initially we’re seeking 30 individuals, companies or local groups to pledge £100 each to our cinema fund by 1st June; this will help pay towards the increased cost of our projector warranty and maintenance. We need people to come and come more often to our films and live event screenings.  

“Once lost, it will be lost forever so please help us to continue operating this valued community asset. If you’d like to pledge or donate money please contact us on 01353 616991 or email office@babylonarts.org.uk to find out more about our campaign.”

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Press release from Babylon ARTS