Don’t let the curtain fall on Torrington cinema

The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington is seeking to raise money for a new digital projector.

The Plough Arts Centre in Torrington is seeking to raise money for a new digital projector. - Credit: Archant

Plough Arts Centre launches fund raising appeal for new film projector.

The Plough Arts Centre has urged local audiences to stand up and support its bid to raise money for

The Plough Arts Centre has urged local audiences to stand up and support its bid to raise money for a new digital projector and keep film screenings at the venue. - Credit: Archant

THE cinema screen in Torrington is about to go dark unless an ambitious £100,000 fund raising campaign can prove successful.

The Plough Arts Centre needs to raise the money to replace its ancient 35mm celluloid projector with modern digital technology. Without this, the charity has warned it will be the end of film screenings at the venue when the 1950s equipment is powered down for good this autumn.

The Plough’s cinema programme has always provided an eclectic mix of films, with art house and foreign language productions sitting alongside commercial blockbusters.

The charity says this income is vital and has helped it to thrive for the past 38 years, often with very little public funding.


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Plough Chairman, John Eeles said the appeal simply had to succeed if The Plough was to continue screening films.

“Without the income from films the delicate finances of The Plough will be seriously challenged,” said Mr Eeles.

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“We are confident the people of North Devon will come to our aid.”

Recently enlisted Plough patron and celebrity impressionist Alistair McGowan has also thrown his support behind the appeal: “I so enjoyed my recent two night run at The Plough that I was delighted to be asked to become a patron of the charity,” he said.

“Arts centres are the beating heart of culture in our communities. I urge all local people to support the campaign.”

Plough supporters, staff and customers have already raised more than £10,000, with Devon Waste Management offering to match all donations up to £30,000.

To make a donation, contact director Richard Wolfenden-Brown on 01805 622552, email richard@theploughartscentre.org.uk or write to The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore St, Great Torrington EX38 8HQ. Alternatively visit www.theploughartscentre.org.uk or text PLOW13 and the donation amount to 70070.

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