Cinemas in Sunderland and Northumberland among four in the North East to receive vital Culture Recovery Fund

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Cinemas in Sunderland and Northumberland are among four in the North East to receive a vital cash boost from the Culture Recovery Fund.

More than 200 independent cinemas across England are being supported this Christmas with £16 million in grants from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

So far 202 cinemas have received funding from a £30 million pot allocated by the British Film Institute (BFI), on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, as part of the biggest ever single investment in this country’s cultural sectors.

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The four in the North East to received money from the latest round of funding are:

Empire Cinema assistant manager Craig WilkinsonEmpire Cinema assistant manager Craig Wilkinson
Empire Cinema assistant manager Craig Wilkinson

:: Empire Sunderland – £7,863

::Forum, Hexham – £98,902

::Jam Jar, Whitley Bay – £52,904

::Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle – £10,000

More grant applications from independent cinemas are also currently being assessed. Cinemas will be able to apply for another £14 million in grants in the new year as part of the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. The new round of funding is in addition to the £30 million already being allocated by the BFI.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The magic of film is such an important part of the festive period and this investment will help protect our independent cinemas so they're around for many Christmases to come. Alongside it, the extension of the Film and TV Production Restart Scheme means the UK will be producing even more great content as the cinema industry recovers, keeping us at the forefront of the creative industries.”

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: “As a Star Wars fan, I know there’s no better place to experience great films than in your local cinema and these grants will provide vital support for independent venues through Christmas and beyond.

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“Our Restart Scheme has already helped to get nearly 100 film and TV productions back up and running as part of our Plan for Jobs, and it’s right that we extend this to support even more jobs in the UK’s creative industries, including for the over 70s.”

In the wider culture sector, venues and organisations in Sunderland, such as Sunderland Culture, have been awarded funding from the CRF, as well as Alnwick Playhouse in Northumberland.

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