We are asking you to donate £40, the price of a membership, or whatever you can afford.
In March 2020 we sadly had to close our doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Since then, the last three months have been incredibly challenging. We have had to continue paying the bills and for essential services, even while the cinema sleeps.
We’ve now had no real income for more than 3 months and we anticipate that as well as a reduction in admissions when we do re-open, due to constraints on capacity in the building and changing habits of customers, we will have to invest hard cash into making the building safe and navigable for our customers and staff. Even with the support we have been able to access from Creative Scotland, Aberdeen City Council, Scottish Government and the UK Government through the furlough scheme which has helped with the immediate financial strain, we know that when we reopen there will continue to be difficulties to make ends meet.
Belmont Filmhouse isn’t just a cinema. We’re a charity and a community hub for film lovers across Aberdeen and the North-East.
We screen over 400 wonderful films, seasons and special programmes to 70,000 people every year. Our film education programme is attended by over 5,000 school children each year, we inspire young film lovers through our Young Programmers initiative, and we had just launched a new programme for older people at risk of isolation. We support cultural programmes and partners throughout the city, and we are proud to have over 2,000 members.
We are a vital part of our community, and we don’t want to give up any of it. We need your help to secure our future and welcome you back to Belmont.
We recognise that this is a time of uncertainty, and other charities may be approaching you for help. We are so grateful for any donations, however large or small, and thank you for thinking of us.
Belmont Filmhouse is part of Centre of the Moving Image, Scotland’s leading moving image charity (Scottish Charity No. SC006793), which runs Filmhouse Cinema in Edinburgh and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
- Emily Yule
- Andrew Craig
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