Cinema Paradiso receives $60k to bounce back after lockdown

Cinema Paradiso will undergo much needed repairs and an upgrade of its digital equipment thanks to a $60,000 grant to help the independent cinema bounce back after last year’s lockdown.

The cinema received the grant from the Federal Government’s Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund.

Financial controller, Richard Hill, said the funds will go towards repairs and improvements which cinemas continuously have.

“After having been closed for such a long period means that we can now refresh the cinemas … have the seats cleaned, carpets steamed cleaned and make repairs,” Hill said.

Customers are seeking comfort and an experience when they come to the movies.

“We will also be able to upgrade some of our digital equipment and the funds will help offset the ever-increasing costs of changing technology.

“The ongoing maintenance and repairs for such high-tech equipment is an ongoing issue and extremely costly.”

Lucy Wicks MP with Minister for the Arts, Paul Fletcher checking out Cinema Paradiso’s renovations

Hill said the cinema has struggled during lockdown, with staff demoralised and facing difficulties.

 “Being closed for four months had a crippling effect on the cinema [and] keeping staff engaged and not knowing when reopening could occur created huge uncertainty,” Hill said.

“The overheads and expenses don’t cease (even if you’re closed) [and] the costs of being established soon dwindle any reserves.

“The grant is a welcome injection that will give us a boost to be up and running again.”

“Knowing that community locations like the cinema are still alive and well bring back that sense of security which seemed to diminish during lockdown when there was so much uncertainty.

“The flow on effect of a thriving cinema helps not only the community spirit but also the surrounding businesses.

“We are very appreciative of the financial support provided by Screen Australia and our situation would be much different if not for their support.”

Hill hopes the community will come to the Galleria and see that cinema is now alive.

SCREEN Fund applications are open until April 30 or until total funds are committed.

For more information and to check eligibility, visit:

Maisy Rae