Time Is Running Out To Save The Lynton Cinema
|Author: Jennette Baxter||Published: 14th June 2012 08:02|
With a hefty £15,000 needed in order to convert its aging celluloid projection equipment to digital, the urgent "Save the Lynton Cinema Appeal" still has £4,000 to raise before it faces imminent closure at the end of the summer season.
The cost of converting the cinema equipment is estimated to be at least £29,000 but while the cinema trustees have around £13,000 to put towards the upgrade and the Lyn Valley Society has promised £1,500, the shortfall of £15,000 must be met in the next few months if the cinema is going to survive the transition into modern technology.
"Our small traditional village cinema - the picture house seats 68 - has been running very successfully for 13 years and is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike," says Colin Croxford, Manager of the cinema. "At the moment the cinema shows old-style reel-to-reel films, but the celluloid is being phased out, and from August only digital projection films will be available."
Campaign stalwarts at The Culbone, Exmoor's highest restaurant with rooms, are once again getting behind this project. (The team lobbied hard during this year's earlier successful campaign to ‘Save the Exmoor 300 Bus Route').
"Lynton is one of our nearest towns and we have a close relationship with the cinema "says Mark Sanders, General Manager. "The cinema is well-loved in the area and our Lynton Cinema deal (Pre-cinema 2 course early dinner plus tickets £16) has been very popular. We want to do everything we can to help."
To this end The Culbone team is holding a ‘Save the Lynton Cinema BBQ from 3pm on 23 June and all are welcome. Half of the proceeds from the BBQ will go to the Save the Lynton Cinema campaign. (Adults £15.95, children under 12 years old £9.95). To reserve your seat for the BBQ and cinema phone The Culbone on 01643 862259.
Lynton with its population of 2,000 people is as far as we know the smallest town in the country to have a full time cinema. What a shame it would be to see this close.
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The Culbone Campaign To Save Lynton Cinema (in our What's on page)