Penrith Cinema Fighting for Survival

12th October, 2020


With the increasing threat of a COVID-19 second wave and new and ever changing restrictions, many businesses are wondering how they will survive the pandemic. One in particular is the Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema of Penrith who are calling to the people of Eden to support them during this tough time.

The 110 year old cinema has faced closure before, notably back in 2011 when they were given notice to quit the premises due to the landlord’s intention of converting the building to a pub.  The Alhambra called to the local community for help and the people of Eden certainly delivered!  There was an overwhelming campaign which included a protest march with over 100 protesters taking to the streets of Penrith.  As we all know the campaign was a huge success!

This time protests are not necessary!  Using the cinema, buying vouchers for future use and purchasing goods could keep our much loved cinema going for many more years.  Here is what’s on offer:

-  Alhambra Art Prints available in A4 (£5), A3 (£7). These are to celebrate 110 years of the Alhambra.

- Private Bookings of the screens (£100), in which customers can hire the space and watch a film of their choice.

- Home Cinema packages for those that can't attend. £12 each (2x Joe & Seph's popcorn, 1x Large Chocolate Bag, 2x Small Sweets/Choc, 2x Bottles all in cinema popcorn tub). Alcohol versions are available for £16.

- Showing Classic Films, (Currently slated, awaiting confirmed dates: HOCUS POCUS, ROCKY HORROR, JAWS, THE ADDAMS FAMILY plus more).

- Alongside the Classic screenings, they will still screen as many new titles as possible, notably in October, THE SECRET GARDEN, SAINT MAUD, MAX WINSLOW & THE HOUSE OF SECRETS.

The Chamber of Trade is here to help support local businesses and will do what we can to raise awareness of local issues. Please do get in touch if you need help during these difficult times.

Photo Credit The Westmorland Gazette

Campaigners in 2011 (Photo Credit: Westmorland Gazette)
Campaigners in 2011 (Photo Credit: Westmorland Gazette)