The Theatre Royal's cinema operations have been given a boost thanks to a federal government grant program.
The Castlemaine venue received at a $35,000 grant as part of the $20 million Supporting Cinemas' Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods Fund.
It aims to help independent cinemas recover following coronavirus pandemic-related disruptions that saw significant declines in revenue.
Minister for Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said independent cinemas we a key part of Australian communities.
"Independent cinemas are so important to the social and cultural health of our communities in Australia, which is why we acted quickly to introduce our $20 million SCREEN Fund," he said.
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the grants would support the recovery of independent cinemas.
"This funding will enable our independent cinemas to keep operating during a period of severe disruption, which is so important to the fabric of our community," she said.
The Theatre Royal is Australia's longest continuously-running theatre in mainland Australia.
Owners Felicity Cripps and Tim Heath have previously said they have seen great support from the Castlemaine community.
The theatre's has been able to operate as a takeaway food venue during lockdowns while Ms Cripps and Mr Heath recently launched an online streaming service for Theatre Royal members that includes a collection of 100 films.
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