Aberdeen City Council backs cinema campaign with £80,000 boost.

The campaign to reopen Aberdeen’s beloved Belmont Cinema has been given a boost with the award of £80,000 of grant funding from Aberdeen City Council.

This November, the Council awarded the charity £40,000 from the UK Government funded Shared Prosperity Fund and £40,000 from the grant funding previously allocated to the cinema’s previous operator, to be used for advancement of the operational plan, community engagement and employing professional services towards the refurbishment of the building.

Aberdeen City Council culture spokesperson Councillor Martin Greig said: "I am pleased that the Council is able to support this important project with this award. There is considerable interest in re-establishing an independent cinema for the city and the group has worked hard to make the case. It will be good to see these exciting proposals develop and move forward."

In September, new charity Belmont Community Cinema Ltd – the immediate successor to the grassroots ‘Save The Belmont Cinema’ campaign - was given an exclusivity period by the Council to undertake fundraising efforts and finalise redevelopment plans to set out the groundwork for a long-term operator's lease.

Jacob Campbell and Dallas King, two of the directors of Belmont Community Cinema Ltd., were delighted with the news.

Jacob Campbell said:

“We’re grateful that the City Council continue to get behind our ambitious vision to refurbish, reinvigorate and reopen our Belmont for future generations of Aberdonians to enjoy. The interests of our Belmont Community have always been our top priority, and we’re looking forward to continuing our work in partnership with the Council to breathe new life into Aberdeen’s favourite little cinema.”

Plans to utilise the funding will include the recruitment of a Head of Income Generation and Business Development, brand development for the new cinema operation, commissioning external advisors and for associated professional fees.

Dallas King said:

“The confirmation of this grant funding is very welcome and reaffirms the City Council’s support for our charity’s hard efforts. It gives us the opportunity to build on the hard work already carried out by our team behind the scenes, focusing on the operational, refurbishment, and community engagement aspects of our business case”.

The festive funding boost has allowed the team to host a free screening of Christmas classic It’sA Wonderful Life at the Cowdray Hall on Saturday 23 December, 2pm. Tickets can be booked online.