Sad and crazy news at the 2 screen independent cinema I manage. We share the building with a Bingo, that is owned by the people that own the whole building (Graves Ltd). Bingo has made a loss for several years, and so Graves are shutting it down. They feel they will sell / let the whole building, rather than just the Bingo side and so have given us until March 2nd to vacate the building.
There is a big campaign to save us and get Graves to re-think.
The petition is going strong and Eddie Izzard and Richard E Grant have signed it and tweeted about it which has helped get us more press. We have two hopes. One is that the Graves Cumberland Ltd, who own the building, will decide to let us stay on at least until a new buyer has been found. The second is that a powerful and cash rich company make an offer to utilise the bingo side of the building and let us stay on in the cinema part.
There is no villain in this story, and Graves are making the best financial decision for their company, but there is a chance from someone to be a hero. Whether it is Graves changing their mind, or someone else.
Thanks, Darren Horne
I will let you know how things develop.
Onwards and upwards!