Cinema to double up with cash grant
A COMMUNITY-RUN cinema in the Amman Valley is set to attract wider audiences thanks to a £90,000 grant.
Brynaman Public Hall and Institute is to receive the cash to add another cinema screen.
The hall, which is run by eight members of staff and around 14 volunteers, is to get £91,072 from the Welsh Government's Community Facilities and Activities Programme.
The community hall secured a grant of £25,000 from sustainable hubs before Christmas and this will also help to fund the expansion.
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The hall's trustees are planning to create a second cinema in the lounge of the old hall, with the money paying for a digital projector, a new screen and equipment.
Work on renovating the room has already started with the help of the sustainable hubs funding.
Once the work is complete the cinema, which is open seven days a week, will have two screens for the community.
Brian Harries, chairman of the trustees, has been volunteering with the hall for 48 years.
He said getting the grants was wonderful news.
"It will make a huge difference to the hall," he said.
"It will give the cinema a lot more scope.
"We are very lucky to be having these grants."
Mr Harries said another screen will help the cinema to reach a wider audience and show a variety of films, as instead of showing just one film on the main screen, they will be able to have two different films showing at once.
"It gives us a lot of scope to cater to different audiences at the same time."
Mr Harries said unlike other cinemas in the area it has never closed since it was opened in 1926.
Glynog Davies, Quarter Bach county councillor, said he supports the cinema and is pleased it is receiving grant support.
"It is excellent news for the hall and it is great news for the village.
"People travel from surrounding villages and further afield to come to Brynaman cinema."
Mr Davies said the cinema would not survive were it not for the good work of the volunteers.
"The cinema does really well and I'm glad they have worked hard to get these grants," he added.