Former Penarth Mayor Cllr Philip Rapier has confirmed that the public meeting he has convened at the Pilot Pub in Penarth – about the closure of the Penarth Pavilion Cinema – is in a week’s time at 19:30 on Monday March 20th.
Cllr Rapier (Labour St Augustines) has issued a new statement in order to avoid confusion with any other public meeting being held in the town on the same topic on a different date and at a different venue.
Cllr Rapier states “I must clarify that the meeting I have convened of the Penarth Residents Pier Campaign (working title) has always been stated on P.D.N. as 7.30 p.m. 20th March at The Pilot, Queens Road, Penarth. I would draw attention to the statement “All Welcome” but must respectfully point out I have no connection with any other planned meeting in respect of the Cinema on any other date.
He goes on to say “It may help to state my relevant qualifications. I am an activist and lifelong member of a leading Entertainment Trade Union. I therefore have “cross party” lobbying experience at the Welsh Assembly with Arts Spokespersons. I am experienced in campaigning vigorously on behalf of both performers and audiences within S. Wales. I trained for the Performing Arts at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and will be eternally grateful to the Community that created that opportunity for me.”
“This time span before the meeting is to give the absolutely vital time necessary for the consulting experts who have kindly volunteered to attend to examine the PACL accounts and the relevant points of law. This is necessary to find a suitable Trustee/Community/ Cooperative structure to take over care and control of the Cinema and debate this fully at the meeting.”
He adds ” I also need time for some further discussion with the “British Film Institute” and their approved Community Cinema film delivery channel “Cinema For All” so as to determine which is the best route for hiring films and securing the Pier Cinema’s future by efficient budgeting, Simply put do we hire direct from Sony, Disney and the members of the Film Distributors Association or through a State Aided Consortium Library of 800 Films overseen by the BFI.
“We are then in a solid position to present a budget to the grant awarding institutions ( e.g. Welsh Arts Council- ) so as to get started. Simple really.
See you at the Meeting 20th March Pilot Pub Restaurant Queens Road Penarth.The provisional Agenda is as follows.”:-
- Examining The PACL Accounts
- Securing the Cinema’s future
- Sub Letting the Cinema to the Community by Cooperative ownership.
- British Film Institute Guide to Licensing Requirements( Licensing your community cinema | BFI Neighbourhood Cinema )
- Eligibility Joining the BFI Approved -Neighbourhood Cinema Scheme ” not for profit Rental Scheme “
Thank you PDN, Mr. Christopher David and the other posters far too numerous to mention for your support for the Penarth Peoples Cinema.Project”