Rescue the Roxy Cinema

by Juliet Maclay in Axbridge

We did it
On 17th March 2016 we successfully raised £5,010 with 106 supporters in 56 days

The Roxy is one of England’s tiniest community cinemas. We are raising money to keep our lovely show on the road!

by Juliet Maclay in Axbridge

 New stretch target

If our target is surpassed, we will seek to add new facilities to the venue and/or the programme of events we offer. Top of our list is to screen National theatre, ballet and opera shows, which requires investment in both equipment, licensing and marketing. We wold also be able to invest in merchandising (with items like post cards and mugs) which would all help towards our sustainability.

The Roxy's auditoriumThe Roxy is one of England’s tiniest cinemas. We’re a volunteer-run not for profit community cinema and we’ve been serving the people of the Cheddar Valley in Somerset and beyond for 9 years, providing an accessible, affordable and intimate venue for film and other arts in rural Somerset.

In our glamorous little venue, we deliver film, friendship and fun to everyone, including many who would otherwise be excluded by location, disability or cost from participation in the shared experience of public, sociable culture and entertainment.  The Roxy’s home is in part of a converted coaching inn, and it’s been designed as a miniature art deco cinema, complete with foyer and box office, vintage seats, originally from Bristol’s Colston hall and a 1950’s cocktail bar.

The Roxy is run by volunteers and supporters and each year we have expanded to meet increased demand, not just for our regular screenings, but as a venue for all sorts of activities. The 32 seat cinema was most recently augmented by an outside canopy space, and we now provide meals to match the films we screen a few times a year. This last development was added so that in future we would be able to raise our own funds with special events like these.

The venue is not just used for our own film screenings, but is also a vital space for children’s groups such as the Brownies, young parents groups like the Roxy Babies and, for example, adults with learning difficulties, enabling everone, whatever their needs to enjoy films in a safe, unintimidating environment. We mentor young volunteers who are interested in careers in film, and are now expanding beyond cinema to include small theatre and music events, comedy, community talks, meetings and conferences.

But we need your help to keep the show on the road! While still paying costs associated with the canopy project, all our sound and projection equipment failed, and there’s a lot of maintenance work to be done which can’t be funded out of the regular programme without putting prices up, which we’re determined not to do. We also need to finish the Roxy’s kitchen and update some of its furnishings. We could achieve all this with £5000, and if we were lucky enough to stretch this further, we’d be able to develop even more services to the community, including National Theatre, ballet and opera screenings. We’ve made a great start with help from local supporters and charitable funds, but we are at risk of closing down without a substantial injection of funds. Check us out at and

Thanks so much for your time - and whether you can help or not, we'd be grateful if you could pass on the message!











This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

The Bijou: We'd like to thank you for your support by adding your name to a list of Roxy supporters which will hang in our foyer!

£15 or more

£15 Reward

The Ruby: This would give you Roxy membership until September 2016 as well as a mention on our supporters board. membership means access to much cheaper cinema tickets (typically the difference between £3.50 and £6 per admission) and inclusion on our mailing list)

£30 or more

£30 Reward

The Rialto: Receive a lovely Roxy T shirt -women's, men's and Roxy babies' items available in white or red!

£100 or more

17 of 20 claimed

£100 Reward

The Paramount: Enjoy a private screening in 2016 at the Roxy for up to 34 people!

£300 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£300 Reward

The Oscar: A luxury, Roxy red carpet private screening (midweek or Sunday night) with bar and box office staff, usher/ette and ice creams, canapes and champagne!

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£500 Reward

The Mayfair: A 3-day midweek holiday break in 2016 at Number 36 and the Roxy, with exclusive use of the cinema for a minimum of one day and evening during the stay. Worth over £1000. The best images of the house are on our Airbnb listing at

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

The Ritz: A 3 day midweek holiday break in 2016 at Number 36 and the Roxy, including exclusive use of the cinema for at least one day and night. We would put up the canopy in the courtyard for you to have an event tailored to your needs. Worth over £1,400. The best images of the house can be found on our Airbnb listing at

£50 or more

29 of 28 claimed

£50 Reward

The Alhambra: Sponsor a seat and have your name on a little brass plaque on the seat.

£200 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£200 Reward

The Scala: Sponsor one of the next 2 editions of the Roxy programme (Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter 2016). 2000 are printed and distributed in the area. You would be acknowledged as the sponsor, and have a smal advertisement included if you are representing a business.

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