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Liverpool Lighthouse hopes to bring community cinema back to Anfield

Liverpool Lighthouse is based in the 430 seater auditorium and former cinema once known as Art Nouveau Gaumount Theatre. Now the charity is crowdfunding to buy state-of-the-art AV equipment that will allow it to bring affordable community cinema back to local residents.

For the past 25 years Liverpool Lighthouse has worked with some of the most disadvantaged people in Liverpool, bringing hope and opportunities, developing skills, improving health and wellbeing, reducing isolation, and improving social cohesion.

Until the start of the pandemic, live shows, concerts and other arts events brought over 30,000 people to the venue every year. Throughout the past year, the team has continued to engage with beneficiaries in other ways but now we have a roadmap back to some kind of normality, they are making exciting plans for a return to the venue.

When it opened in 1931, the Art Nouveau Gaumount Theatre was a cinema. As part of the Crowdfund Liverpool project, Liverpool Lighthouse is raising funds to purchase  AV equipment that will enable the venue to operate as a cinema once again.

In consultations, they learned that many local residents have never been to a cinema before, because the expense makes it out of reach for low-income families. The Liverpool Lighthouse community cinema will target children and families, will be easily affordable to most and subsidised for those who cannot afford it. They hope to ensure that the cultural experience of film and cinema is accessible to all members of the community, by restoring the classic cinema experience our grandparents enjoyed, for a new generation of children and young people.

As yet, Liverpool Lighthouse has raised over £11,000 of their £27,500 target. The nature of the crowdfunding campaign is that anyone can pledge. So if you would like to support the project in a personal capacity, or become a corporate sponsor to help make this cinema happen, you can.

Find out more by visiting the crowdfunding page on the Spacehive platform.

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