In September of 1995, the then owners of the cinema decided to put the building up for sale and use the site for redevelopment into unemployment offices. The community was outraged and a campaign was instigated to save the building from demolition.
In 1996 after a successful campaign the Employment Offices withdrew and the cinema was sold to a Developer without planning permission.
The cinema continued to trade but closure was imminent.A small group of local people got together in the sitting room of Jan Dunn, (now Chair of the Trustees) facilitated by Helen Martin from Sefton CVS. The object of the meeting was to discuss how they could raise vital funds and simultaneously maintain the momentum in the community to keep the cinema alive.
The idea of a cinema charity shop in the local area was born. Jan’s sister Ginny, whom many of you will remember agreed to manage the shop. On the 2nd November 1996 after many weeks of collecting donations from the local community the shop opened and the cinema closed its doors 5 days later on 7th November 1996.
The shop has been running now for 20 years, over that time it has turned over approx. £700k all the proceeds initially used to re- open the cinema and then later providing vital funds to keep the cinema afloat. It has to this day continued to be one of the main fundraisers for the Plaza Cinema.
The shop is run by exclusively volunteer staff and after Ginny’s death in 2015 the shop suffered a downturn which was reversed by the current volunteer managers, Jean and John.
Both Jean and John after a long service to the charity shop have decided that it is now time for them to retire and unfortunately this decision could lead to the closure of our much loved and needed charity shop which is still a focal point for the Plaza in the community.
We are desperately looking for volunteer staff who could help us save our charity shop.
If you could help by giving up some spare time, a morning, an afternoon or even a full day or even a few hours we would welcome your support.
If you think you could help as the new Manager of the shop, or by just being a friendly shop assistant, if you are used to charity shop work please contact us.
The shop is open from 10.30am until 4.30pm Monday to Saturday..
All the volunteer staff are welcome to use complimentary tickets to see films of their choice at the Plaza.
The Plaza does not want to see the end of an era. The Plaza Community Cinema and the Plaza Cinema Support Shop are so tightly linked together.
Please fill in the form below if you would like to volunteer for our support shop.