18 Jul

Light House wins Community prize at WIRE Awards

LightHouseWireAwardsWolverhampton’s City Centre Cinema, Light House, has been named ‘Community Contributor of the Year’ at the Wolverhampton Independent Retail Excellence Awards, held on Tuesday 17th July.

Light House, based in the historic Chubb Buildings – a former Victorian lock factory –  since 1991, shows current film releases and streamed live theatre as well as providing a welcoming space for community events.
CEO Kelly Jeffs expressed her sincere thanks to the partners, advocates and users of Light House who played a major part in supporting the awards application and giving such strong testimonials.

The award comes at a very difficult time for the venue, which is a registered charity. Through growing local support and reaching new markets, the cinema has achieved a 12% increase in admissions over the past year. However, with the loss of public funding and cultural grants, this does not cover the full costs of the venue. “Now that the public funding has gone –  an income stream which since the start has helped our operating costs –  we have to rely more on donations as well as the increased ticket sales.” says Kelly.  “Sadly this still isn’t enough and until we can successfully source extra income through either business sponsorship or higher levels of active donations then reality will bite hard and Wolverhampton will be at risk of losing one of its most cherished and shining cultural assets”.

“Receiving this award will hopefully help raise the profile of Light House as a cinema and community asset and highlight the importance of its existence for Wolverhampton”.

ABOUT LIGHT HOUSE IN THE COMMUNITY
Some of the community activities which helped Light House scoop so many votes in this category include:
COMBATTING LONELINESS AND INCREASING COMMUNITY SPIRIT
With friendly staff, plus offers such as £4.50 midweek matinees, regular visits are achievable and welcoming for locals, many visiting on their own.
VARIED AND AFFORDABLE FILM PROGRAMME – From the new Mamma Mia and Mission Impossible films to children’s films, classic musical singalongs and documentaries, there are films for all tastes and ages.  A £4.50 film rate for under 25s, students and children make this an affordable destination in the city.
CITY VOICES – a popular monthly poetry event
VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME – Students to Pensioners passionate about film and the venue are regular helpers, with roles ranging from ushers to board members.
EVENT HOSTS – From political to corporate events, film festivals and charity galas to television broadcasts, Light House’s unique architecture and environment brings many events into the city.
LANGUAGE CAFES – Most evenings, language cafes are held free of charge in the venue’s Lock Works Café, where visitors can converse on any level in a range of languages from Italian to Japanese and meet other people. There is even a Queen’s English Café to help those with English as a second language develop new phrases.
SINGING FOR LUNG HEALTH – A weekly course for people to improve their health and lung function through group singing.
BRAIN TUMOUR SUPPORT – A monthly support group who meet for friendship, help and cake.
MUSIC: From free open mic nights to interactive DJ nights, the venue has a vibrant music scene which is steadily growing to showcase local performers and encourage people to use the city centre at night.
LOCAL EXHIBITIONS: The art gallery has hosted hundreds of exhibitions, focussing on local artists and photographers. It is also a platform for local designers to sell gifts and crafts.
THINEMA: Light House specialises in streamed live theatre, making the West End, RSC, Ballet and Opera affordable and accessible, in a unique theatre style setting.
FILM AND TV QUIZ. This has run for over a decade, lead by Kimberly Forlini-Softley. She says of Light House:
“Light House has never been just a place to go in Wolverhampton. In many ways it IS Wolverhampton, reflecting in its varied offer and programme of activities the full breadth of the cultural offer in our City.  Light House has always provided us with a venue to share our interests, quiz and, most importantly, have fun together. We would be lost without Light House. Light House isn’t just a destination, it truly encapsulates the ethos of the city and is a beacon of light for like-minded folks in the region.”

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