Screen star hopes to help save cinema

By Matthew Mckew

Thursday, December 5, 2013

 

Screen star hopes to help save cinema

Historic Isle of Wight building, the Rivoli Cinema, in Sandown. Picture by Robin Crossley.

ACTOR, Melvyn Hayes, is backing the appeal to save an Art Deco cinema on the Isle of Wight.

The star of hit 1970s comedy It Ain’t Half Hot Mum is hold a question and answer session after a screening of his 1961 film The Young Ones, at Bembridge Village Hall on Sunday.

It is the latest in a series of fundraisers organised as part of a campaign by Island filmmaker and film festival organiser Bruce Webb to restore Sandown's Rivoli cinema to its former glory.

The project, which includes a crowd-funding campaign on the Indiegogo website, has enjoyed support from the likes of Red or Dead designer Wayne Hemingway, who spread the word on Facebook, while former Doctor Who actress Carole Ann Ford has donated some signed photographs and a script to be auctioned.

So far £10,000 has been pledged through sales of seats, tickets and sponsorship at future screenings if the venue is saved from destruction next spring.

More than £600 was raised during an all-day music event at Clancy’s in Sandown recently.

Event organiser Miranda Jokel said: "I have always admired the building and often said to my boyfriend how nice it would be to save it.

"We had a couple of hundred people attend and Clancy’s ran out of food and nearly all the alcohol."

Pledges can be made at www.rivolicinema.co.uk

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