Keeping the projectors rolling: $8.7 million for independent cinemas

158 independent cinemas across Australia will share in more than $8.7 million to keep their doors open, under the first batch of the Morrison Government’s $20 million Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the fund supports the viability and recovery of independent cinema businesses as the vaccine rollout progresses and Australia moves towards higher audience capacities.

“Independent cinemas are so important to the social and cultural health of our communities in Australia, which is why we acted quickly to introduce our $20 million SCREEN Fund,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Through this fund we are already enabling 158 cinemas to keep operating and to provide a popular, low-cost and COVID-safe way for people to go out and enjoy a movie as part of a community - particularly in regional areas.”

Administered by Screen Australia, the fund helps independent cinema operators with one-off business continuity grants of up to $85,000 if they have experienced significant declines in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said he looks forward to continuing to support the recovery of independent cinema businesses during what remains an incredibly challenging time for many.

“Following the announcement of the $20 million SCREEN Fund by the Morrison Government in March, Screen Australia quickly prioritised administering these much-needed funds directly to independent cinemas around the country,” Mr Mason said.

“We are pleased that in the three months since we opened applications in April, more than $8.7 million has already been allocated and distributed to cinemas, assisting partners in the sector who were incredibly hard hit by the pandemic.”

In recognition of the economic, social and national importance of the cultural and creative sector, the Morrison Government is investing over $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.

SCREEN Fund applications are open until 24 December 2021 or until total funds are committed. Further batches of grants will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, visit: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/funding-and-support/covid-19-support/screen-fund

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The list of approved SCREEN Fund grants to date:

Cinema

State

Total allocated

Dendy Cinema Canberra

ACT

$85,000.00

PALACE ELECTRIC

ACT

$60,000.00

Limelight Cinemas Tuggeranong

ACT

$85,000.00

Avoca Beach Theatre

NSW

$35,000.00

CHAUVEL CINEMAS

NSW

$35,000.00

Dendy Cinema Newtown

NSW

$85,000.00

Dumaresq Street Cinema Campbelltown

NSW

$60,000.00

Fay's Twin Cinema

NSW

$60,000.00

Great Lakes Cinema 3 Tuncurry NSW

NSW

$60,000.00

Lilac City Cinema Goulburn

NSW

$60,000.00

Majestic Cinemas - Inverell

NSW

$35,000.00

Majestic Cinemas Nambucca Heads

NSW

$35,000.00

Majestic Cinemas - Port Macquarie

NSW

$60,000.00

Majestic Cinemas - Sawtell

NSW

$35,000.00

Majestic Cinemas - Singleton

NSW

$35,000.00

PALACE CENTRAL

NSW

$85,000.00

PALACE CINEMAS BYRON BAY

NSW

$60,000.00

PALACE CINEMAS NORTON ST

NSW

$85,000.00

PALACE VERONA

NSW

$60,000.00

Plaza Theatre Laurieton

NSW

$35,000.00

United Cinemas Avalon

NSW

$35,000.00

United Cinemas Collaroy

NSW

$35,000.00

United Cinemas The Edge Katoomba

NSW

$60,000.00

United Cinemas Warriewood

NSW

$85,000.00

United Cinemas Narellan

NSW

$85,000.00

Ballina Fair Cinemas

NSW

$60,000.00

Arcadia Twin Cinemas Ulladulla

NSW

$35,000.00

Broken Hill Cinema - Silver City Cinema

NSW

$35,000.00

Empire Cinema Bowral

NSW

$60,000.00

Glenbrook Cinema Glenbrook

NSW

$35,000.00

Roseville Cinemas

NSW

$60,000.00

Griffith City Cinemas

NSW

$60,000.00

Metro 5 Cinemas Bathurst

NSW

$60,000.00

Metro Cinemas Lake Haven

NSW

$60,000.00

Muswellbrook Cinema

NSW

$35,000.00

Nelson Bay Cinema

NSW

$60,000.00

Perry Street Cinemas

NSW

$35,000.00

SARATON THEATRE - 99 PRINCE ST

NSW

$35,000.00

Huskisson Pictures

NSW

$35,000.00

Inlet Cinema

NSW

$35,000.00

Jindabyne Cinema

NSW

$35,000.00

Lake Cinema Boolaroo

NSW

$35,000.00

Richmond Regent

NSW

$35,000.00

Ritz Cinema, Randwick

NSW

$85,000.00

Scottys Cinemas Raymond Terrace

NSW

$60,000.00

Southern Cross Cinema Young

NSW

$35,000.00

Sunset Cinema North Sydney

NSW

$35,000.00

Sunset Cinema Wollongong

NSW

$35,000.00

Majestic Cinemas - Kempsey

NSW

$35,000.00

Forum 6 Cinemas Wagga Wagga

NSW

$85,000.00

Forum Cinema 6 Tamworth

NSW

$60,000.00

Golden Age Cinema & Bar Surry Hills

NSW

$35,000.00

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace

NSW

$85,000.00

Heddon Greta Drive-in

NSW

$35,000.00

Odeon Cinema 5 Orange

NSW

$60,000.00

Alice Springs Cinema

NT

$60,000.00

Bribie Cinema

QLD

$35,000.00

@ Cinemas - Maryborough

QLD

$35,000.00

Cineplex Nerang

QLD

$60,000.00

Cineplex Redbank

QLD

$85,000.00

Dendy Cinema Coorparoo

QLD

$85,000.00

Dendy Cinema Portside

QLD

$35,000.00

Emerald Cinema Complex

QLD

$35,000.00

Majestic Cinemas - Nambour

QLD

$35,000.00

PALACE CINEMAS BARRACKS

QLD

$60,000.00

PALACE CINEMAS JAMES ST

QLD

$60,000.00

United Cinemas Indooroopilly El Dorado

QLD

$60,000.00

BIGSCREEN CINEMAS CALOUNDRA

QLD

$60,000.00

Cinema Mount Isa

QLD

$35,000.00

Elizabeth Picture Theatre Brisbane

QLD

$60,000.00

GLADSTONE CINEMAS

QLD

$60,000.00

Gympie Sovereign Cinema

QLD

$35,000.00

Cineplex Hawthorne 4

QLD

$60,000.00

MAJESTIC THEATRE MALANDA

QLD

$35,000.00

New Farm Cinemas Brisbane

QLD

$60,000.00

Regal Twin Graceville

QLD

$35,000.00

BIGSCREEN Cinemas Hervey Bay

QLD

$60,000.00

Cinplex Balmoral

QLD

$60,000.00

Cineplex Southbank5 - 167 Grey Street Southbank

QLD

$85,000.00

Cineplex Victoria Point 8 - 27 Bunker Road

QLD

$85,000.00

Blue Room Cinebar, Milton

QLD

$60,000.00

Kingaroy Satellite Cinema

QLD

$35,000.00

Limelight Ipswich

QLD

$85,000.00

The Babinda Munro Theatre. 97-99 Munro St

QLD

$35,000.00

Red Hill Cinemas Brisbane

QLD

$35,000.00

Statewide Cinema

SA

$35,000.00

Cinema Augusta

SA

$35,000.00

Lincoln Cinema - Port Lincoln

SA

$35,000.00

Odeon Star Cinema Semaphore

SA

$35,000.00

Palace Nova Eastend

SA

$85,000.00

Palace Nova Prospect

SA

$85,000.00

Cameo Cinema - Murray Bridge

SA

$35,000.00

Capri Theatre

SA

$35,000.00

Wallis Mt Barker, Mt Barker

SA

$60,000.00

Gawler Village Twin Cinema 11 Murray Street

SA

$35,000.00

Wallis Mitcham Cinema, Mitcham

SA

$85,000.00

Wallis Noarlunga Cinema, Noarlunga

SA

$60,000.00

Wallis Piccadilly Cinema, North Adelaide

SA

$35,000.00

SOUTH COAST CINEMA ROBE

SA

$35,000.00

Metro Cinemas Burnie

TAS

$60,000.00

Star Theatre, Launceston

TAS

$35,000.00

Cinema Nova Carlton

VIC

$85,000.00

Dromana 3 Drive-In Dromana

VIC

$35,000.00

Mansfield Armchair Cinema

VIC

$35,000.00

PALACE CINEMAS BRIGHTON BAY

VIC

$60,000.00

Showbiz Cinemas Ballarat

VIC

$60,000.00

Showbiz Cinemas Portland

VIC

$35,000.00

Showbiz Cinemas Swan Hill

VIC

$35,000.00

Sun Cinema Bairnsdale

VIC

$60,000.00

THE ASTOR THEATRE

VIC

$60,000.00

United Cinemas Craigieburn

VIC

$85,000.00

KINO CINEMAS

VIC

$85,000.00

PALACE CINEMA COMO

VIC

$85,000.00

PALACE CINEMAS BALWYN

VIC

$85,000.00

PALACE CINEMAS DENDY BRIGHTON

VIC

$60,000.00

PALACE WESTGARTH

VIC

$85,000.00

Classic Cinemas Elsternwick

VIC

$85,000.00

Colac Cinemas

VIC

$35,000.00

Lakes Squash and Movie Theatre

VIC

$35,000.00

MARYBOROUGH PARAMOUNT THEATRE

VIC

$35,000.00

Stadium 4 Cinema Leongatha

VIC

$60,000.00

Sun Theatre Yarraville

VIC

$85,000.00

Thornbury Picture House

VIC

$35,000.00

Echuca Paramount

VIC

$60,000.00

Regent Cinemas Ballarat

VIC

$85,000.00

Star Cinema, Peg Leg Road

VIC

$35,000.00

Waverley Cinema Pinewood

VIC

$60,000.00

Cameo Cinemas, Belgrave

VIC

$60,000.00

Wallis Deakin Cinema, Mildura

VIC

$60,000.00

Wangaratta Cinema Centre - Wangaratta

VIC

$60,000.00

Rex Theatre - Charlton

VIC

$35,000.00

Sun Cinema Bright

VIC

$35,000.00

Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn

VIC

$60,000.00

Bendigo Cinemas, 105 Queen street

VIC

$85,000.00

Croydon Cinemas

VIC

$60,000.00

Lunar Drive-in Dandenong

VIC

$85,000.00

THE ASTOR CINEMA ARARAT

VIC

$35,000.00

THE CENTRE CINEMA HORSHAM

VIC

$35,000.00

The Pivotonian Cinema, Geelong

VIC

$35,000.00

Ace Midland

WA

$85,000.00

Ace Rockingham

WA

$85,000.00

GRAND CINEMAS ARMADALE WA

WA

$60,000.00

GRAND CINEMAS BUNBURY WA

WA

$85,000.00

GRAND CINEMAS CURRAMBINE WA

WA

$85,000.00

GRAND CINEMAS CYGNET WA

WA

$35,000.00

GRAND CINEMAS JOONDALUP WA

WA

$60,000.00

GRAND CINEMAS WARWICK WA

WA

$85,000.00

Luna Cinemas Leederville

WA

$85,000.00

Luna Palace Cinemas

WA

$60,000.00

PALACE CINEMAS RAINE SQUARE

WA

$85,000.00

Windsor Cinema - Nedlands WA

WA

$60,000.00

United Cinemas Rockingham

WA

$60,000.00

Orana Cinemas Albany

WA

$60,000.00

Orana Cinemas Busselton

WA

$60,000.00

Orana Cinemas Geraldton

WA

$60,000.00

Orana Cinemas Kalgoorlie

WA

$60,000.00

Rottnest Island Movies

WA

$35,000.00

Sun Pictures Broome

WA

$35,000.00