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The show must go on: cash support for local cinemas

The show will go on in two independent cinemas of the region after they received Covid grants from Canberra.

United Cinemas in Narellan and Lilac City Cinema in Goulburn will share $145,000 from the federal government’s Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund. 

Show time: Angus Taylor with part owner of Lilac City Cinema in Goulburn, Andrew Moore.

United Cinemas will receive an $85,000 grant, while Lilac City’s boost is a $60,000 grant.

The SCREEN Fund has a total of $20 million in funding to support the recovery of local cinemas from significant declines in revenue due to restrictions imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Both cinemas are in the electorate of Hume and federal member Angus Taylor welcomed the support for the two local businesses.

“This funding will enable them to keep operating during a period of severe disruption, which is so important to the fabric of our community,” he said.

Administered by Screen Australia, the fund assists independent cinema operators who have experienced significant declines in revenue due to the pandemic, with one-off business continuity grants of up to $85,000.

In recognition of the economic, social and national importance of the cultural and creative sector, the Morrison Government is investing over $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22. 

SCREEN Fund applications are open until December 24 or until total funds are committed.

For more information on the SCREEN Fund, visit

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