A popular town cinema has been awarded a huge amount of money in a cash boost.

The Roxy Cinema, Ulverston has been awarded £46,459 funding from the Culture Recovery Fund.

Hundreds of arts, heritage and cultural organisations across England received a share of £107 million from the additional £300m announced by the chancellor at March’s budget for the Culture Recovery Fund.

The Culture Recovery Fund has already got £1.2 billion out the door to about 5,000 organisations and sites across the country and this latest round of funding is giving a lifeline to regional theatres, local museums, independent cinemas and many more throughout the winter.

Welcoming the awarding of the grant, Barrow MP Simon Fell said: “I’m delighted that The Roxy has been awarded a further £46,459 through the Cultural Recovery Fund.

“It is such a special cinema, showing modern and classic films in a wonderful setting.”

“This funding will help keep cinema alive in Ulverston.”

Funding is keeping projectors rolling in local cinemas this winter with 62 cinemas awarded more than £6m administered by the British Film Institute (BFI)

Ben Roberts, chief executive of BFI said: “Traditionally, this time of year brings a wealth of culture to the big screen for people up and down the country as local cinemas offer seasonal classics, and new British films and blockbusters.

“The Culture Recovery Fund has been vital to the survival and recovery of independent cinemas, enabling them to contribute to their high streets and communities, and crucially be there to welcome back their audiences.

The Roxy Cinema was one of 200 independent cinemas to receive a similar grant last year during the Covid-19 pandemic as they were being supported last Christmas with £16m in grants from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: “Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.

“Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”