Boost for culture across Ilkley as major funding announced for local cinema


The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced the latest round of Culture Recovery funding, which will benefit The Ilkley Cinema.

The cinema has been awarded almost £150,000 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which will help the cinema recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Culture Recovery Fund was established to help cultural organisations and heritage sites weather the pandemic, at a time when they were forced to close their doors to visitors and audiences. The scheme has supported over 200 independent cinemas across England, providing critical financial support when they needed it most.

Cinemas play an important social role in their local communities, bringing people together and providing them with a focal point and space where they can enjoy culture and engage with others.

The latest financial announcements bring the total awarded to Ilkley Cinema to £393,296, broken down as follows:


Health & Safety Award (December 2020) £2,015 Business Sustainability Award (December 2020) £202,406 Culture Recovery Fund Round 2 (April 2021) £40,298 Culture Recovery Fund Round 3 (November 2021) £148,477


There is also a further £27,000 grant for Ilkley Literature Festival Ltd as part of funds allocated by Arts Council England.

Robbie Moore, MP for Ilkley said “The past eighteen months have had a devastating impact on our cultural and heritage organisations, so this additional funding boost of almost £150,000 for the Ilkley Cinema will make a huge difference.

This additional funding will help make sure we build back better from the pandemic, and ensure our key cultural organisations are protected long into the future.”