MORE than £10,000 has been raised for the Plaza Cinema as hundreds of locals rally round to support the independent venue.
An online fundraiser has been set-up to give a financial boost to the Waterloo community facility following its temporary closure due to coronavirus.
A reopening date for the Plaza has not been confirmed yet, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday, June 23, that cinemas would be allowed to reopen from July 4.
The Plaza was forced to close in March when the start of lockdown was announced, but positive messages have been displayed on the front of the building throughout the pandemic, urging people to stay safe and look after each other.
The person who created the page, Daniel Taylor, said: “The Plaza Cinema is a gem in our community and something that a lot of us take for granted. Not only does it offer the community reasonably priced films, it gives people job opportunities, has viewings for those with special needs and reaches out to help the community.
“During this difficult time, it’s important to support local businesses. Please donate what you can and help this amazing cinema!”
The fundraiser has gained a lot of support over the past few weeks, including local writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who donated £500.
Other local residents have also been quick to back the campaign.
Mo Gledhill said: “This is an important piece of Crosby history. It’s great to have somewhere our kids and grandchildren can afford to go to. Their first taste of independence plus it’s so reasonably priced - help keep it going.”
Bill Watson said: “This is a brilliant community cinema and would be a huge loss not just to Waterloo and Crosby but to the wider area. I'm from Huyton and it’s well worth the trip.”
Christine Jessop added: “The Plaza Cinema is too valuable to our community to lose. We have to show our support.”
Carolyn Lock added: “I love this cinema and all it stands for.”
To donate, visit the website: https://www.gofundme.com/ and search for ‘Plaza Cinema’.