The Riverside cinema needs to raise £50,000 to buy a new boiler.
What is the Riverside Cinema?
The Riverside cinema is situated in the very heart of Woodbridge, Suffolk and is a thriving hub of cultural activity for the town and it's loyal, supportive customers.
It was built in 1915 as a purpose built cinema, one of the oldest surviving in the UK, and has survived two World Wars, the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and floods from the nearby River Deben in the 1950's. The first time it had to close its doors was in March 2020 because of the government enforced lockdown for COVID-19.
How Covid-19 has affected us
During the enforced closure the cinema suffered not only loss of income but also the sad loss of having to make some staff redundant in order to make ends meet and a radical restructuring of the business in order for it to operate during these tumultuous times. The cinema re-opened in August 2020 but, because of the pandemic, audiences failed to return in great numbers and following another forced lockdown in November, it narrowly survived the year with thanks to local support and donations.
The cinema was forced to close again from 26th December and during what was a harsh, cold winter our boiler broke and we had a gas leak from a broken pipe. As we were unable to heat the cinema during the coldest months of the year this has caused internal damage to the cinema's ceiling and walls, and a damp problem.
Why are we crowdfunding?
We did not receive very much financial support from the government's Culture Recovery Fund, particularly in comparison to other local cinemas, and as a result are unable to purchase a new boiler, with little to no funds.
The earliest the cinema can re-open is the 17th May, road-map permitting, and because we have been closed for almost 5 months with no income we are keen to give the people of the town some kind of cultural release from the troubles of the World right now, and will open just for 10 days to screen the locally made film, THE DIG. Sadly we are having to close our doors again from the 28th May for an uncertain period while we look to try to restore the cinema internally and replace our boiler.
We are currently receiving quotations for a replacement boiler that is energy efficient, green (or a renewable source of energy) and so far the quotes are in the region of £50,000.
Our future - a thriving community hub
We are therefore looking for your help to raise as much money as possible to help us reach our target so that the work can be carried out and allow us to re-open our doors and once again be the thriving hub of the local community.
Thank you for supporting our cinema!