Plaza Cinema in Dorchester awarded £126,458 to help survive the COVID-19 pandemic

Plaza Cinema in Dorchester
Photo by Jim Linwood

The Plaza Cinema in Dorchester was awarded a £126,458 grant from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, delivered by the British Film Institute.

The grant was provided to help the cinema survive the pandemic and meet the costs of installing COVID measures at the venue to protect audiences and staff.

The Culture Recovery Fund has enabled Picturedrome cinemas and our teams to continue proudly serving the communities we love.

Our traditional cinemas will remain the beacon of light and entertainment at the heart of the high street, a comforting glow in what have been challenging times for everyone.

As MD I would like to thank the team of people I work with, the Government and BFI for supporting Independent cinemas.

Adam Cunard, Managing Director, Dorchester Plaza

Meanwhile, other Dorset cinemas and venues are set to benefit from the same funding. £3,707 was awarded to Rex cinema in Wareham.

The Rex has been showing films since 1921 through peacetime and wartime, good times and hard times but has not closed until March 20 this year. We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Culture Recovery Fund which has helped secure the future of one of the oldest independent cinemas in the country as it approaches its Centenary year

David Evans, chair of the Purbeck Film Charitable Trust
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