Somerset

The Roxy cinema in Axbridge 'saved' after urgent appeal

The Roxy community cinema in Axbridge, Somerset Image copyright Axbridge Roxy
Image caption The Roxy is thought to be one of the UK's smallest working cinemas

A "very bright future" for a tiny 30-seat cinema has been secured following a drive to raise cash for its repair, the group behind it has said.

Refurbishment and new sound and projection equipment are needed at The Roxy in Axbridge in Somerset.

Volunteers say they have raised the £5,000 that was needed to avert what has been "a time of crisis".

The cinema has been going nine years and is thought to be one of the UK's smallest working cinemas.

'More diverse programme'

Juliet Maclay, chair of the cinema, said: "We'll now be able to secure the Roxy's future for the community and invest in expending the current facilities - in particular adding theatre lighting to be able to offer a more diverse programme beyond cinema.

"We'd like to thank everyone who gave so generously, and those volunteers and committee members who have been so dedicated to this miniature venue, and to the Community Council for Somerset, who guided us through the funding maze and supported us during a time of crisis.

"We are now looking forward to a very bright future."

Facilities at the venue include an Art Deco box office and a 1950s cocktail bar.

Although primarily a cinema, it has also been used for comedy events, theatre, training and talks.

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