Support the Plaza | Funding Help

The Plaza Community Cinema is asking the community to engage and support us in our bid to secure some funding to help keep us going as things slowly return to normal after lockdown.

The cinema has been closed for five months, and has had no income during this time.  We have now re-opened but attendances are very low, and we are operating at a loss.

Jan Dunn, Chair of trustees said:

“There is government funding available for independent cinemas, but the way it is being administered in favour of the large, heavily subsidised art house cinemas makes it almost impossible for independent community based cinemas such as the Plaza, to get a slice of the cake.

We are really worried about the future of the Plaza, and are asking the community to help support our campaign for a fair distribution of the money.”

The Plaza is planning to lobby Oliver Dowden MP and Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Copies of the model letter are available from the foyer of the Plaza, or can be downloaded here:

DCMS Letter of Support

Please print off, or copy the letter, adding your name, address and signature, and either drop it off at the cinema or post it direct to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport at the following address:

Rt. Hon. Oliver Dowden MP
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
100 Parliament Street

3 Responses to “Support the Plaza | Funding Help”

  1. caroline francis says:

    I support the plaza

  2. I will post the letter to Minister as you request; best of luck in your appeal. I’ve sent off the first form for my cinema but the second form is almost impossible; just waiting to see if my accountant can do anything with the figures they require. Mark Cunningham

  3. A MCSHANE says:

    Although I assume that written support sent in the mail is preferable in this situation, the following info might be of use to people who cannot post a physical letter:
    *Rt Hon Oliver Dowden email address: [email protected]
    (Copy letter template above and paste into email)
    If you can’t access email:-
    *Rt Hon Oliver Dowden Contact Page:
    (Contains contact form which can be filled out. The letter template above can be pasted into message box).
    I hope this is helpful. The higher the number of correspondence received by MP Dowden the better. I wish you the best of luck and will be encouraging as many people as possible to write on your behalf.

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