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Converted in 1921 the Rivoli Cinema is one of the oldest in the UK. It faces the bulldozers by the spring next year. With your help we reopen it as a cinema.
Bruce Webb
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Small Business
Isle of Wight
United Kingdom
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My name is Bruce Webb. I'm a film and TV producer and director and I also am the founder and director of the Isle of Wight Film Festival which is now in its 8th year.

I feel very passionately about saving this cinema and giving it back to the next generation.

For many years I have looked at the Rivoli Cinema in Sandown and fallen in love with its bold art deco design. Always wondering what it looks like inside and wishing I could buy it and re open it. The cinema came up for sale last year and I finally got to see inside and I was gobsmacked. It was like finding a rare old classic car in a barn. The projection room, the bar, the raked flooring for 500 seats, the screen frame and the fire exits were all intact. 

What Tony the owner had done is moth ball the architecture since the 1980's, architecture which in itself had been kept the same from the early 60's when the hall was turned from a cinema into a bingo hall.

It has come on the market and is earmarked for redevelopment. I have however made an offer and it has been accepted. They have given me to the end of January 2014 to raise the funds and I desperately need your help as I don’t have enough money to save it.

I want to reopen the cinema showing the latest movies at the weekends and holidays, and art house cinema during the week. We will also show live events such as theatre and sports events.

With your help you can save the Rivoli Cinema from impending demolition - local Councillors have demanded the lifting of a conservation order on the building and there are plans going in at the end of January to have the cinema demolished and flats built in its place.

I believe the building is more than fit for purpose - the roof is in good shape and the building has not been over developed inside, so its perfect for a re launch .

What We Need & What You Get

I am selling everything I can to buy this building but there is a large shortfall and I need your help with the commercial mortgage and installing the cinema equipment.

We have lots of volunteers helping but hard cash is needed - but not much. The money raised will firstly go into saving the building from demolition. Then the remaining money with go towards buying new seats, fitting out the foyer and bar, putting in digital projection for 1st run movies and decorating and fitting out the auditorium back to its art deco resplendence.

If you buy a seat for £200 you get 20 tickets to the cinema redeemable over 5 years (providing you book the ticket) You also get your name on a plaque on the seat which remains for as long as the seat remains in the cinema.

For every £15 you donate we will give you 2 tickets you can redeem at the cinema for the next 5 years as long as you book the screening you want (in case the film sells out)

For £500 you will get a lifetime member ship and a 15% discount on all tickets.

For every £900 you can have the cinema for free with your choice of film for a whole evening on the day or/and evening of your choice.

We will also be rolling out sponsorship packages too.

If we don't reach our target of £250,000 we will look at the feasibility of what funds we do raise being put towards the cinema opening as a small 2nd run and art house cinema with no bar and reduced seating. Should we only raise a very small amount of money and the cinema cannot be saved we will return your money minus the fees associated with crowd funding.

The Impact

You have a chance to make a difference to the world by supporting this project. The Isle of Wight Film Festival programmes Human Rights and Environmental films and this cinema will be its base. Our ethos has always been showing films with a heart and there is little or no choice for the population of the Isle of Wight and millions of visitors to see much more than Hollywood films.

The Rivoli will show those Hollywood films as we need them to keep the coffers full but we will use them to subsidise showing art house films, and films which kids and adults alike would not find easily accessible.

Aside from making it possible to show films such as these you will also be saving a beautiful old building and giving the town and Island a well needed cultural boost  and help the regeneration of Sandown.

I can hear you asking – will you pull this off ? Well I am very passionate about this project and that is worth a lot. I have made feature films on my own and sold them around the world. I started up the Isle of Wight Film Festival, I teach film making and I have a huge network of people in movies…so Im used to managing bigger projects like this and have a 20 year knowledge of the film business.

But I need your help, no matter how small.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are sitting there and you have got this far you are probably interested in helping but may not have any spare cash to help. Well don’t worry – you can help without cash. You can tell people about the campaign. On facebook, on twitter, down the pub or in the supermarket – you can make a huge difference

And…if you are a whizz kid on a computer you can use Indiegogo share tools!

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raised by 172 people in 2 months
3% funded
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£250,000 GBP goal
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This campaign ended on December 12, 2013
Select a Perk
  • £5GBP
    1x Child Ticket

    This perk gets you one child ticket to any screening which children can go to. The age limit is 14 years old (14-17 years olds get student discounts)

    0 out of 500 claimed
  • £7GBP
    1x Adult ticket

    Your ticket will allow you into any screening of your choice (providing you book).

    5 out of 500 claimed
  • £15GBP
    2 x Free tickets and pop corn

    Your fifteen pounds will go towards the projection gear and give you two free ticket to any screening of your choice.

    70 out of 2000 claimed
  • £50GBP
    10 free tickets and popcorn

    Give 50 towards the Rivoli and we will hand you 10 free cinema tickets redeemable at any time within 5 years and sweet or salty popcorn to go with each ticket.

    27 out of 300 claimed
  • £200GBP
    Buy a cinema seat

    Your £200 will go towards a cinema seat. This will mean the seat has a plaque on it with your name and if we replace the seat you can keep it. It gives you 20 free tickets and pop corn to any screenings of your choice.

    16 out of 150 claimed
  • £500GBP
    15% discount for life

    Donate £500 and we will give you a seat for 50 free tickets and lifetime member ship worth 15% on food and drinks.

    1 out of 50 claimed
  • £900GBP
    The Cinema for yourself

    Pledge £900 and you can have the cinema for yourself and your friends for a day. We will also offer 15% discount on all food and drink that day.

    0 out of 15 claimed
  • £1,000GBP
    Free entry for 3 years

    Pledge £1000 and you can come and go as you please with free tickets to any screenings for 3 years.

    0 out of 20 claimed
  • £4,500GBP
    Big screen sponsor for 5 years

    Pledge £4500 and you can have a video up to 90 secs on the big screen for up to 5 years.

    0 out of 10 claimed
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