Building Blocks – A year on from our fundraiser
We started 2020 building towards the future of Abbeygate Cinema, little did we know the global curveball that was about to come our way. Now, just over a year on from our Building Blocks Fundraiser, and with the end of the pandemic on the horizon, we take stock of the work that will continue to benefit our community of cinema lovers.
The purpose of Building Blocks was to aid the expansion into the neighbouring bingo hall, making use of previously empty space. The first phase of the expansion proposal was to create a new foyer to link the then-current Abbeygate Cinema with the old bingo hall. The second phase would take on the impressive task of building Abbeygate’s biggest screen in the old bingo hall.
In January last year, we were given the support of Lionsgate to host a preview screening of The Personal History of David Copperfield with all proceeds going towards the second phase of our Building Block expansion. But this event was more than that, it was a celebration of the completion of the new foyer and a chance for our loyal audience to see this space and mingle with the Abbeygate team. The uptake was incredible and, alongside previous donations, helped complete the expansion we set out to make.
Abbeygate’s Premier Screen opened to the public for the first time in July last year. Since then, despite the restrictions we’ve faced, it has been the place to see our biggest streamed events and some lovingly selected cinema classics.
We look forward to reopening and sharing these fabulous spaces with you again.