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 cinemas and Cafe Bar sleep.
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, City of Edinburgh 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.
Filmhouse isn’t just a cinema. We’re a charity and a community hub for film lovers across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
We screen over 850 wonderful films, seasons and special programmes to 200,000 people every year. Our film education programme is attended by over 10,000 school children each year, we inspire young film lovers through our Young Programmers initiative, and our Senior Selections programme brings together older audiences at risk of isolation. Our Café Bar is a much-loved community space, and our famous nachos and chickpea curry have been keeping the city well-fed for over 20 years! We support cultural programmes and partners throughout the city, and we are proud to have over 5,000 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 Filmhouse.
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.
Filmhouse is part of Centre of the Moving Image, Scotland’s leading moving image charity (Scottish Charity No. SC006793), which runs Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
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