Northallerton ‘unique’ cinema gets cash boost

Northallerton’s unique cinema is to benefit from an £8,000 cash injection.

The company which has just taken over the management of the town’s Hambleton Forum has been awarded the funding from Creative England’s Film Culture Fund to help develop the cinema.

It will mean a wider range of films can be screened, take part in film festivals and increase marketing opportunities.

The Forum (Northallerton) Ltd took over the operation of the venue, which includes the cinema,– from Hambleton District Council at the beginning of August 1.

Over the past year, the cinema has worked closely with Cine Yorkshire after being selected as a pilot venue for the rural cinema initiative, a partnership of the BFI, National Media Museum and Screen Yorkshire. Cine Yorkshire, installed state of the art projection equipment enabling the venue to show the latest releases at the same standard of presentation as the urban multiplexes, and test local appetite for a permanent cinema in Northallerton.

With money now secured from Hambleton District Council as part of the service transfer to the new Forum Group, this pilot has been made a permanent fixture.
Chairman of The Forum (Northallerton) Ltd’s board David Allan said: “We are delighted with the award. We weren’t anticipating such success so early but it is very welcome.

“We really want to develop the services offered at the Forum. Cinema is a key part of the offer. The community are really supporting the cinema so it’s important we respond to this and try to develop it further. It will take time but we see it as vital.”

The Forum’s funding will allow the company to develop key areas of its offer such as web and social media presence and marketing as well as allowing it to develop cinema audiences by showing a wider range of films and participate in local and national film festivals.

“The support we have had from all sides has been tremendous. Thank you to all our funders, volunteers and customers,” added David.

Volunteers are still needed. Anyone who is interested can contact Mark Haynes on 01609 767056.

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