Theatre in cash appeal

SUDBURY’S Quay Theatre is looking for thousands of pounds to help fund a make or break project.

The theatre in Quay Lane is attempting to launch an arts cinema at the venue and has been in discussions with Curzon cinemas in London to try to bring the latest films to its audiences.

In order to do this, the theatre, which has been hit by a string of cuts and is now run mainly by volunteers, would need to hire equipment to play digital films.

The arrangement, which would also include Curzon providing new art-house films to the theatre, would cost around £6,000 to set up over a year – prompting the theatre to appeal for sponsors to help out with the costs.

Nicky Murphy, a co-ordinator at the Quay, said: “We are looking for lovers of cinema who may see this as an advertising opportunity to back the project.

“We are in a tricky situation where we feel there is a demand for an arts cinema but, with very little funds available, we aren’t able to commit to the up-front cost.

“This project could be the start of a successful venture or it could break us.”

The theatre, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, has already set up a cinema club screening well-known films.

It is hoped that if backing is secured for this latest venture, more people will visit the theatre on a regular basis.