Catalyst has announced it will donate £5,000 to Acton Arts Project to set up a cinema within the old library on Action High Street.

The pop-up cinema will house a single screen, showing films four days a week and have bar/café for independent traders.

The group has now met its pledge target and raised more than £60,000 to get the project off the ground. 

The cinema will be opened at the old Acton library and offer opportunities for volunteering, training and employment.

The project also hopes to see an increase in footfall on the high street and a boost for local businesses, with night-time screenings revising the evening economy.

A pop-up will also allow the team to begin fundraising to restore the exterior of the grade II listed building and attract funding to find a permanent home for a two-screen cinema.

Sahil Khan, Director of Community Investment at Catalyst said: “We’re delighted to be able to contribute to this project and I can’t wait to visit and watch a film, popcorn in hand!

“Acton is in Catalyst’s home borough and we have many customers who live there that I’m sure will be queuing up for tickets. Our regeneration of the Friary Park estate will also see more people move into the town who I know will appreciate a local, independently run cinema on their doorstep. Acton already has a lot to offer and this will really add to the local arts and culture scene.

“Our communities work is all about supporting local people and community led projects making the most of local assets and talent, and making this donation really fits with us delivering on our social purpose.”

Maire Lowe Chair of Acton Arts, said: “Acton Arts is delighted that Catalyst Housing has generously pledged £5000 to our crowdfunding campaign which will bring a pop up cinema and cafe bar to Acton High Street in the near future.

“We look forward to talking to residents about film and what they would like to see in the new cinema. Please sign up to hear about discounts and special offers on our website.”

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