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Fenland cinema received £300K government lifeline

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An independently run Fenland cinema has been given a life-saving grant of nearly £300,000 to help it survive lockdown.

The Light at Wisbech has received £292,836 from the government's £1.57 billion culture recovery fund, which is aimed at supporting cultural and heritage organisations across England through the continuing pandemic.

The latest round of funding includes more than £5million to support independent cinemas across England, and The Light's sister cinemas in Cambridge and Thetford have both received a similar among.

The Light at Wisbech. (44511745)
The Light at Wisbech. (44511745)

Two other independent cinemas in the East of England have also benefited from the fund: Reel Cinema in Borehamwood and East Coast Cinema in Lowestoft.

The money has been allocated by the British Film Institute on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

These latest grants mean that 207 cinemas have been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund - including The Luxe at Wisbech which received £126,000 in December.

Keith Pullinger, deputy chairman and founder, The Light Cinemas said: "Covid-19 has devastated our finances and this grant is essential to protect our future and ensure our survival. There is still a lot of work to do, but we now have a platform to start rebuilding our business from. Our landlords and suppliers will need to play their part but this will help protect the jobs of the 220 people who are employed at our cinemas. We look forward to delighting our guests once more when we reopen all our sites later this year.”

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