The Rivoli Cinema in Sandown. Picture by Robin Crossley.
A BIG boost has been received to bring the silver screen back to Sandown.
An Isle of Wight businessman has pledged a £10,000 share investment to the Save the Rivoli Cinema appeal, the man behind the plan said this week.
It means the campaign has raised about one third of the £250,000 said to be needed to buy, renovate and equip the iconic art deco building.
The founder of the Isle of Wight Film Festival, Bruce Webb, 42, of Albert Road, Sandown, lives close to the Station Avenue Rivoli, fell in love with the building and determined to save it.
He wants to sell his own house and launched an IndieGoGo internet appeal, which ends today (Friday).
He now has just under six weeks to meet the Rivoli owner’s deadline to come up with the cash.
If the TV and film director fails, the 1920s’ building faces demolition and the site being re-developed.
Mr Webb said: "I hope the fact a local businessman has looked at the figures and made the investment will give other people the confidence to come forward and save the Rivoli.
"I am also still talking to large chains about a partnership deal and I have received tremendous local support.
"Now we have momentum I am hoping other large investors will contact me through the Facebook page."
On Sunday, actor Melvyn Hayes added his support, with a fundraising screening of his film The Young Ones, followed by a question-and-answer session at Bembridge Village Hall.