Save Saffron Screen
Since 2005, Saffron Screen cinema has held special significance at the heart of our community, providing a gathering place that offers the magic of storytelling on the silver screen.
The impact of COVID-19 however, has severely affected the whole cinema industry, and we – like many cinemas – are still feeling the effects of prolonged closures and the rise of subscription platforms. Attendance at cinemas across the UK is down by up to 34% vs pre COVID numbers which has resulted in many closures, most notably and recently, our local Empire Cinema in Bishop Stortford.
Did you know that it costs us around £800 to put on every film, regardless of how many tickets we sell? And for every ticket we do sell, up to 65% of the price goes straight to the film distributors? With reduced cinema attendances, the financial strain around these numbers has become overwhelming.
The closure of Saffron Screen would leave a void in our cultural landscape, depriving both young and old of the joy, inspiration, and shared experiences that cinema has provided for generations. We are doing our utmost to avoid closure at all costs.
In order to prevent this irreplaceable loss, we are kindly requesting your assistance in the form of a donation to help us navigate this challenging period. A donation of any amount will directly contribute to the survival of our cherished cinema. It will enable us to cover operational costs, support staff members who have tirelessly served our community, and ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the magic of cinema in a safe and welcoming environment.
By acting now to raise £50,000 in the next twelve months, the cinema will remain open, and we will have the time to lay strong foundations into 2024 and beyond.
Ways you can help Saffron Screen to survive:
1. Support our fundraising campaign by donating here
2. Pledge to go to the cinema five times this year
3. Join our membership scheme and become a Friend of Saffron Screen.
You can find out more and sign up here: www.saffronscreen.com/join-support/membership/
Tax effective giving
Did you know that if you are a higher-rate taxpayer, with Gift Aid, a gift worth £100 could cost you as little as £55? Claiming tax relief increases the power of your donation and reduces the cost to you.
We understand the financial challenges faced by many today, but any contribution, no matter the size, will make a significant difference. Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to discuss alternative ways of support such as sponsorship or partnerships.
We have thought long and hard before asking for your help. We have a plan to stay open but need your help to put it into practice. So if you can support us, please do. We need you.
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected]
On behalf of the entire community, we express our deepest gratitude for your consideration and potential support. Together, we can safeguard the future of Saffron Screen and continue to inspire, entertain, and unite our community through the magic of cinema.
Thank you for your time, generosity, and commitment to the arts.
Chair, Saffron Screen