A public on-line petition has been launched today with the aiming of stopping Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (PACL) from closing the Penarth Pier Pavilion Cinema.
As reported by PDN earlier this week Penarth Arts and Crafts [ which leases the Pavilion and its cinema from the Vale of Glamorgan Council on a 125 year lease] – has announced that it intends to close the Pier Pavilion Cinema as from March 6th.
The move is part of cost-cutting measures to alleviate financial pressures on the cash-strapped not-for-profit company and registered charity.
Two of the directors of the firm quit the firm’s board on February 6th and the remaining directors are said to have regarded the situation as so serious they considered – at one point – shutting down the entire Pavilion. Instead, they are to implement a four-day-week operation as from March 6th and close the Pavilion on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – but intend to completely close the cinema itself from March 6th until further notice
Penarth Pier Pavilion was totally refurbished in 2013 in a £4,100,000 part National Lottery-funded scheme scheme – which included building-into the structure a brand new 70 seat digital cinema.
Local cinemagoers are up in arms over the impending closure and the loss of Penarth’s only proper cinema .
Now local resident Andrew Jones has launched the online petition which is to be presented to Professor Anthony Hazell, the managing director of the Pavilion when sufficient signatures have been amassed.
Mr Jones says “We call on PACL to reconsider this decision which deprives the people of Penarth of their only cinema. It will lead to a loss of support for the cinema which needs to be nurtured and marketed not mothballed after just 3 years of operation. We believe this leaves its future in extreme doubt. Please help to #SaveOurCinema”
The petition – called “Keep Penarth Pier Pavilion Cinema open” can be found on http://tinyurl.com/hrehk8g