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Chamber Chief Hands Out Award September 16, 2008

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The Plaza Cinema in Crosby was today awarded with a cheque for £2,300 from the Merseyside High Sheriff and Chief Constable’s Charitable Trust.
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Jack Stopforth, who is a trustee for the organisation, presented the cheque to the community ran cinema.
Arts and education manager Christine Physick was on hand to receive the money, she said:
“We’re delighted to receive the money. The cinema is hugely important for the local community. We constantly need donations to help keep the project open and the cinema in good condition. Our team of volunteers has worked hard to keep this cinema in the community and it’s great to see that our work is being recognised.”
The cinema faced closure for redevelopment in 1997, though after a successful petition of 10,000 signatures to the council, and with publicity in the local press, was saved by locals.
The cinema is now run as a community centre and provides a wide range of programmes for young people and pensioners in Crosby. An outreach programme established to involve local kids in positive activities sees regular attendances, particularly to the Saturday morning club, where youngsters enjoy film showings and a disco. Thursday mornings are popular with pensioners, with two games of bingo and a film on show for just £2.50.
The Plaza Cinema was first opened in 1939 and has been at the heart of the community ever since. It originally had just one main screen with around 1,500 seats. Today it has three screens, with the original main screen having 500 seats in impressive surroundings.
The ageing building is maintained, supported and operated entirely by volunteers, donations and the funds from a charity shop. There are around 20 young people amongst the extensive group of volunteers.
The Merseyside High Sheriff and Chief Constable’s Charitable Trust is funded by official bodies, other trusts, private donors and the business sector. Local community groups who aid crime prevention through education or public safety measures may apply for funding.

Visit the Plaza Cinema’s website by clicking here…