Fundraising effort to rescue the Roxy cinema

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 February 2016

Volunteers at the Roxy, who are raising £5k to replace the sound system.

Volunteers at the Roxy, who are raising £5k to replace the sound system.

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Volunteers who help to run one of the smallest cinemas in the country are fundraising to replace its out-of-date equipment.

The Roxy's bar area.The Roxy's bar area.

The 32-seat Roxy Cinema has been based in Axbridge High Street for the past nine years.

It is run as a non-profit community cinema, giving non-members the chance to watch a film for as little as £3.50.

It also hosts a comedy night and is used as a theatre and for talks and training.

The Roxy volunteers are fundraising for the cinema after the sound and projection equipment broke down.

Its team is working with the Community Council for Somerset (CCS), which supports community projects, to raise £5,000 through a crowd-funding campaign. The money will help to complete an outside project, as well as going towards replacing or repairing old fixtures and furnishings.

The outdoor project means the cinema already has a new outdoor canopy space, where visitors can enjoy meals cooked by the volunteers.

If the fundraisers collect more money, then the cinema could also screen some National Theatre ballet and opera shows.

People who donate money will also receive rewards in exchange, including membership to the Roxy, the chance to have their name on a seat, or a stay in the country house which is attached to the cinema.

Volunteers at the Roxy are raising £5k to replace the sound system.Volunteers at the Roxy are raising £5k to replace the sound system.

Owner Juliet Maclay said: “We want to remain at the heart of our community for many years to come and with the support of CCS and the public I hope we will achieve our goal.”

To donate, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/rescue-the-roxy-cinema

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