Cinema’s future in the frame at public meeting

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PLANS to save Portsmouth’s only independent cinema will be thrashed out at a public meeting on Monday night.

Members of the public are being urged to come along to St Jude’s Church, Southsea, at 7pm to discuss the way forward for No.6 Cinema, which was the only place to see rare movies and world cinema in the city.

Businesses who wish to support No.6 through sponsorship are also being urged to attend.

It comes after the volunteer-run cinema, which is based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, was forced to shut its doors last week after struggling to break even.

The volunteers behind No.6 have been given until June 2 this year to work out a new business plan for its owners Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust.

It is hoped the cinema will then be reopened in September.

No.6 had a cult following with film-goers in the city but did not make enough money to cover its costs, which has forced a rethink about how it can trade successfully in future.

Cinema manager Siri Finess said: ‘We have many different ideas which we want to share with people and we want to hear from people on what they think we can do differently.’