Rates bill threatens pop up cinema

Unknown-1Portobello pop up Cinema is under threat of closure having been presented with a unprecedented rates bill of £26,000. Run as a not for profit enterprise by volunteers this huge bill will close the cinema and Aclam village. Project director Tim Burke said ‘It’s desperately sad that our temporary art projects might now be rated. I cannot name a Pop Up that generates such an income as to pay £25,000 in rates. We pay no rent and last year we supported the much loved Portobello Film Festival, the Kurdish Film Festival and gave the cinema to any number of Independent film festivals and community screenings. This situation has not changed yet but everyone is working hard and remains hopeful’. Note: this story is taken from the pop-up cinema’s website. portobellopopup

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  • Tim , commercial rates are one of thoses tax’s that doesn’t, loose votes, everybody wants the government to pay, but none of us wants the check.

    Join the gang, register as a charity (L Ron Hubard, was right)

    Ben Andersen

    Ps good luck, you are doing a great job.

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