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New film equipment brings cinema back into the limelight
30 August 2013

An independent cinema in Reading, Berkshire, is set to benefit from a £49,000 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK. The grant includes a contribution of £5,000 from The Earley Charity through its local arts, culture and heritage programme.


The Digital Projection Equipment project at Reading Film Theatre (RFT), which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Cultural Facilities theme, will replace the outdated 35mm celluloid film projector with a digital projector, enhancing the cinema experience for viewers. 


 RFT is an independent cinema, bringing a wide variety of foreign language, independent and art-house films to a local audience in Reading and the surrounding area.  RFT, whose Patron is Sir Kenneth Branagh, has been in existence for over 40 years and is based within the Whiteknights campus of the University of Reading.  In addition to showing films, RFT offers film events to encourage discussion about film, taking the form of pre-film talks hosted by lecturers with relevant expertise.


Sir Kenneth Branagh, Reading Film Theatre President, said:

“I am delighted that the Reading Film Theatre has been awarded a grant from Biffa Award, which will enable them to purchase the digital projection equipment they urgently need, enabling them to screen a wide variety of independent cinema which is vital to the cultural life of the town.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:

“The installation of a state of the art digital projector at Reading Film Theatre will be of great benefit to this important cultural facility, and we’re pleased to support it.”