Friday, 4th December 2020
A Crowdfunding page has been set up for donations as part of a national initiative launched by Theatres Trust to prevent the permanent closure of hundreds of UK theatres.
The Colne town centre theatre is part of this scheme and is looking for donations to enable Pendle Leisure Trust – which runs the venue - to bring the rescheduled spring season to local audiences.
Pendle Leisure Trust’s Chief Executive, Alison Goode, said: “The Muni Theatre is part of Pendle's cultural heritage and we want to make sure it remains a prominent and important part of the borough for years to come.
“All donations will be used to ensure this much-needed and loved venue can survive the pandemic and continue to provide year-round entertainment for the people of Pendle and beyond.”
The Save Our Theatres campaign was set up when theatres saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they closed in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A spokesperson said: “We still don’t know when they will be able to reopen fully and this ongoing uncertainty puts theatres in a perilous situation. The Government’s bailout is spread across all cultural organisations and certainly won’t be enough to save all of the UK’s theatres.
“Every day theatres are facing the tough decision to make staff redundant and to close their doors until next year. And there is a real risk that those closures could be permanent.
“Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing theatres. Please help us to make sure our theatres survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.”