Stars back bid to save cin­ema

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

THE cam­paign to save Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog’s in­de­pen­dent cin­ema has caught the at­ten­tion of A-list film stars.

Cellb, the for­mer po­lice sta­tion turned com­mu­nity cen­tre in Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog faces clo­sure af­ter an in­sur­ance claim to re­pair storm dam­age to the build­ing was re­jected.

Non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Gwall­go­fi­aid has launched a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to raise £10,000 to keep the cen­tre open.

Ruthin ac­tor Rhys Ifans has posted a video ap­peal urg­ing peo­ple to get be­hind the cause and do­nate to the fund.

Speak­ing di­rectly to the cam­era, Ifans asks view­ers to help save the “ex­traor­di­nary” cin­ema.

Speak­ing in two clips, one Welsh and one English, the Not­ting Hill star said: “A quick mes­sage to ask and to urge all of you to sup­port in what­ever way you can, the cam­paign to save Cellb cin­ema in Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog.

“And to en­sure that this ex­traor­di­nary cin­ema run by the amaz­ing Gwall­go­fi­aid will be with us in Wales and Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog for decades upon decades to come.”

Welsh Hol­ly­wood icon Michael Sheen has also got be­hind the cam­paign, tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to en­cour­age peo­ple to do­nate to the cause and help the cen­tre stay open.

In a tweet, the ac­tor said: “The first cin­ema in over 40 years in Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog, now run by a so­cial en­ter­prise needs our help to stay open!

“If you can, please do­nate £6, the cost of a child’s ticket and let’s keep films run­ning for an­other 40 years.”

Cellb is the first cin­ema in the town since the 1950s and is housed in what used to be the town’s po­lice sta­tion.

Af­ter a storm in 2017, a burst pipe went un­de­tected which in­sur­ers refuse to pay out for, so with­out the money the so­cial en­ter­prise may have to close.

The £10,000 ap­peal was launched last week and has al­ready raised more than £6,000.

Rhys Ifans, left, and Michael Sheen are back­ing the cam­paign to save Cellb

The old po­lice sta­tion at Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog is now Cellb, with a cin­ema, mu­sic venue and cafe

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