The decision to close the three-year-old digital cinema at Penarth Pier Pavilion is to be “regularly reviewed” by the leaseholders of Penarth Pier Pavilion – the not for profit company Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd (PACL)
The announcement has come in a news release published by PACL on its website following the “indefinite” closure of the cinema on March 6th and the decision by the company’s board of trustees to cut-back the Pavilion itself from a 7-days a week operation to just 4-days-a-week.
The new reduced opening schedule of the Pavilion began on Monday this week and no date was given for any re-opening of the cinema.
The closure of the cinema sparked a strong reaction from local residents and an on-line petition initiated by Andrew Jones amassed 1,500 signatures within just a week.
In its statement Penarth Arts a Crafts Ltd, issued by chairman Professor Tony Hazell, says “First of all we would like to acknowledge the strength of support for the Cinema as evidenced by the number of signatures to the on-line petition. We welcome the many statements made about the importance of the Cinema not only to local residents but also those from further afield. We can assure you that there is no plan to close the Cinema ‘indefinitely’ as reported in some local media,” [no date was given by PACL for any re-opening of the cinema] “ however we have recognised that, to ensure the long term future of the Cinema and of the Pavilion as a whole, we need to make some temporary changes to our operations.”
The statement goes on to say “The last three years have shown quite clearly that with the limited capacity of the 68 seat Cinema the income from ticket sales will never be enough to cover the costs of running the Cinema. As a registered charity we cannot continue to provide facilities that are uneconomical as is the case with the Cinema. We have therefore drawn up a plan to secure additional independent financial support from a variety of possible sources. This will enable us to maintain the Cinema in the longer term and to keep ticket prices at an affordable level. Over the coming months we will regularly review progress on our future plans and hope very much to be able to re-open the Cinema sooner rather than later.”
This is the first time it has ever been publicly admitted that the Pavilion Cinema has too few seats to pay its way.