Bristol’s Cube Microplex is a dream turned into reality. For nearly 15 years its all-volunteer staff have helped establish it as a progressive arts cinema and music venue with an international reputation. In 1998 we were given a 15 year lease that is now coming to an end. Our plan is to buy the building and become masters of our own destiny. After lengthy negotiations with our landlord, a price of £185,000 has been agreed. We have until Dec 31st 2013 to raise the full amount.
WHY WE WANT TO BUY IT
The Cube has always been proudly independent of external funding, relying instead on income from the bar and the door. Paying rent to a private landlord was always a fly in the ointment. With ownership, the sum of the hard work carried out by volunteers will be directly invested in the building, equipment, programming, creative projects and education for our staff. It will enrich the experience of everyone who passes through the doors.
We have plans for better access for those with restricted mobility, a larger bar/lounge area, improved toilets, restored cinema seats and residency space for visiting artists. Walls need breaking down, ceilings raising – out of the bunker into the light.
HOW WE’RE GOING TO DO IT
We have established a separate organisation, Microplex Holdings Ltd, a non-profit Industrial and Provident Society and Community Land Trust (CLT) whose charter is to secure and maintain the freehold of the Cube Cinema as a community arts space in perpetuity.
Because the Cube is run by the public we are turning to the public to help realise the dream, both for our volunteers, users, cultural partners and the whole of Bristol. This will be a huge amount of graft but the Cube’s history is strewn with challenges and it relishes this one.
To DONATE NOW visit http://cubecinema.com/freehold/donate
If you have more QUESTIONS about the Cube Freehold buying project go to FAQ.
For more on WHY go to WHY BUY THE BUILDING?
To GET INVOLVED contact [email protected].