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Small cinemas get lottery boost

Cottage Road cinema, Leeds
The Cottage Road cinema in Leeds faced closure in 2005

Eight small independent cinemas across Yorkshire have been given a cash boost to help them improve their facilities.

Helmsley Arts Centre in North Yorkshire has been given 13,471 for equipment to help visitors with sensory impairments.

Penistone Paramount in South Yorkshire has been awarded 8,362 for essential building works and Cottage Road Cinema in Leeds gets 2,360 for roof repairs.

Cinemas in Sheffield, Richmond, Whitby, Barnsley and Beverley are also getting cash from the UK Film Council.

The awards are part of a total of 475,000 in lottery cash distributed by the UK Film Council to 56 cinemas across the UK.

'More comfortable'

The Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, Parkway Cinema in Barnsley and the Station Cinema in Richmond, North Yorkshire have been given 5,700, 2,123 and 3,371 respectively to buy equipment for film fans with hearing or visual impairments.

The Parkway Cinema is also building disabled toilet facilities.

The Beverley War Memorial Hall in East Yorkshire is installing an induction loop for hard of hearing audiences, thanks to a 669 award.

And the Swell Cinema in Whitby has been given 510 for the purchase of black-out blinds.

Peter Buckingham, from the UK Film Council, said: "Small independent cinemas often represent the hub of a local community, but many can't afford to upgrade their facilities.

"We hope these funds will make it possible for cinema-goers across Yorkshire to enjoy film in a more comfortable environment."

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