The Rivoli Cinema in Sandown, which Isle of Wight filmmaker Bruce Webb hopes to save.
A CAMPAIGN to bring the big screen back to Sandown has town council backing.
Sandown Town Council endorsed a rescue bid, launched by Bruce Webb, organiser of the Isle of Wight Film Festival, to save the 1920s’ Rivoli Cinema, in Station Avenue, from the wrecking ball.
As previously reported, Mr Webb requires £250,000 to be raised in just 60 days. At the time of going to press, more than £5,600 had been pledged, with 40 days remaining.
The film and TV writer is even selling his property in Sandown to raise cash.
If the money is not raised, the owner will press on with plans to demolish the building, after 18 months on the market.
At a meeting of the town council on Monday, Cllr Heather Humby said: "I remember it when I was a kid.
"It would be nice to have a cinema back in Sandown. I am not suggesting the town council puts money into this but I think we should support the retention of the Rivoli.
"It’s an iconic building and, having spoken to a lot of Sandonians, they think it is worth supporting."
While town councillors agreed they could not invest council funds, they did offer Mr Webb support in putting together an application for Lottery funding.
The cinema was originally an Oddfellows Hall, built in 1887.
• A benefit day will be held at Clancy’s, Sandown, in support of the save the Rivoli Cinema campaign.
The day of soul, funk, jazz and blues music will be on November 17, from 1pm to midnight.
Call 07752 698924 for more information.
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