The Phoenix Cinema receives funding to allow reopening this week

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Phoenix Cinema has received £15,420 in emergency funding from Screen Scotland’s Independent Cinema Recovery and Resilience Fund.

The funding aims to bridge the financial gap faced by independently owned cinemas that has been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Phoenix Cinema has opened this week on 17 May, the earliest date that indoor cinemas are allowed to open.

Victoria Rhodes, senior projectionist at The Phoenix Cinema, said: “We are very grateful to Screen Scotland for their continued support, and are delighted that this additional funding has enabled us to open The Phoenix Cinema as soon as it is allowed, which is earlier than we originally anticipated.

“Although our cinema was only able to operate for a short time before Christmas, we were so pleased with the support and positive comments we received from our customers. It was devastating having to close again so soon, but now with everything seemingly heading in the right direction, there is finally hope and we can’t wait to start up again.

“We’ve tried to include something for everyone in our opening programme, with award-winners Nomadland, Minari and Sound Of Metal screening alongside Peter Rabbit 2, Wonder Woman 1984 and Godzilla Vs. Kong over the first two weeks. And of course, we have Covid-19 precautions in place to keep our customers safe, with full details of these available on our website.

“It’s been great welcoming our customers back, and I passionately believe that the best way to experience a film is on the big screen – there is nothing like that feeling when the lights go down and all other distractions can be put aside as you get taken into another world. There is something magical about that, and I can’t get wait to get back to sharing that experience with our community.”

You can see the What's On schedule here.