Help CADS to relaunch The Abbeydale Picturehouse
CADS are raising funds for works needed get a full premises license for The Abbeydale Picture House, a Grade II listed cinema building in Sheffield. The license will let them host events in the building every day meaning they can pursue their goals of turning the building into a nationally recognised venue for the arts and eventually undertake a full restoration of the building. Sounds like a good idea to us!
The team at CADS has been managing the building for 2 years, but up until now have only been able to host licensed events using Temporary Entertainment Notices; temporary 1-day licenses of which we are limited to 15 per year per address. Because of this, they've been severely limited in developing the events programme, as well as being restricted in how much revenue they can generate through bar sales.
They've already applied to Sheffield City Council for the premises license which will let them properly reopen the building. But before the license can be granted, the building needs to be brought up to modern safety standards. Features needed include a new fire alarm, improved fire escapes and disabled access, a new CCTV system, improved electrics, and some smaller safety works around the building such as new handrails on the stairs.
They think the expenditure for Stage 1 of the plan will be between £75k and £150k, with a significant chunk of this tied up in the hard-to-predict cost of rebuilding a rear access ramp. For the works on this stage they've already raised over £40k in grant funding, but as they continue to apply for funding opportunities, it’s also time for them to turn to us, the community, and ask for your help.
If you'd like to support the campaign you can give to their crowdfunder here