PLAZA cinema staff say the popular venue is being targeted by “blatant vandalism” after the building was damaged for a third time since reopening.
Owners of the Waterloo community cinema, which is already struggling financially due to the pandemic, are having to fork out money they don’t have to repair damage caused to the building.
The most recent incident was on Saturday, September 5 when two men smashed eight lights at the front of the cinema at 1.50am.
There has been two similar incidents of vandalism since the Plaza reopened following lockdown, again with damage caused to the canopy lights at the front of the venue.
A spokesperson said: “The Plaza has been serving the community of Sefton and beyond for 23 years and throughout this time has had its ups and downs.
“The Covid virus has totally hit us like everyone else financially in such a way that it’s now about trying to stay open and survive.
“The history of the Plaza goes back 81 glorious years, and this week was the cinema’s 81st anniversary.
“The challenges we have had of late with Covid and now the blatant vandalism of the building do not deter us from fighting for the future of the Plaza, but unfortunately, recently, we have had incidents of damage to the lights under the canopy. It is with anger and total frustration that we have again been targeted for a third time.
“The CCTV evidence is inconclusive and the camera across the road in the library is of poor quality.
“The resolve of the Plaza remains steadfast and we will not be beaten into submission by mindless lowlifes.
“On the week the Plaza celebrates its 81st anniversary, we look forward to your support and we ask you to visit our community cinema.”