Sunday 27th December
Update: 27th December 2020
As we come to the end of 2020 that for us and so many has been an exceedingly difficult year, we have spent the last few days deciding how we are going to operate in 2021.
On Boxing Day Somerset was placed in to Tier 3, meaning cinemas are required to close again. This is now the third time in 9 months that has seen us close our doors.
With no end date for when we will go back in to Tier 2 and the uncertainty of possible more lockdowns or tier changes, we have made the extremely difficult decision to remain closed until further notice.
This decision has not been made lightly and we want to express how difficult closing and reopening has been on the business, us as a family and our staff. Each time we open and close it requires weeks of work in preparation, dealing with programming, stock challenges and the emotional strain on all of us.
During the months we have managed to open during 2020 we have seen a 72% drop of admissions from 2019. As well as a reduction of more than 120 movies not being played, some due to being push back by distributors or moved on to streaming platforms.
As you may know we have been awarded £78,000 as one of 200 independent cinemas as part of the Culture Recovery Fund, this money has and will go towards, as it is paid over a period of time, to paying debt that has accumulated over these last 9 months and help us through the upcoming expenses we will have even while being closed.
We are also grateful to everyone who has donated to our Save Your Cinema campaign which has raised over £8,000 and is also being used to secure the future of the cinema. This is still an ongoing campaign and if you would like more information please visit our website wellsfilmcentre.co.uk
We understand this decision may come as a surprise to many of our customers, but we must look at the long-term situation and the decisions we have made at this time we feel are the right ones to secure the long-term future of a cinema in Wells.
We will of course keep this under regular review, and we hope it will not be long before we can advertise a final reopening date.
For now, we wish you all a better new year and stay safe.
In the name of Arnold Schwarzenegge – We will be back.
Thank you again for all your support over 2020.
With thanks and well wishes - Sally, Libby, Becky, Derek, June, all the Cooper family and all at Wells Film Centre.