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Love of film shines through as community cinema receives BAFTA

A cinema that has shaped the love of the movies for local film goers for decades, was recently recognised by BAFTA for its role using the silver screen to bring communities together.Plaza Community Cinema in Waterloo recently won a BAFTA

Janet and Martin Fol, who operate the Plaza Community Cinema, collected the second ever For the Love of Film award for their work at the community owned venue – the award recognises those who go above and beyond for the love of cinema.

At a time when a family trip to the flicks is becoming increasingly expensive, the Plaza gives cinema goers the chance to see the latest blockbusters, classic films and special screenings in a way that’s kind on your pocket. Where else can an adult and child enjoy the latest big movie for under £9?

With the focus very much on community, the team at Plaza, many of whom are volunteers, offer special screenings for autism, dementia and disabled audiences.

The beloved local venue offers an excellent training resource young people age 13-19, with local schools and volunteer groups benefiting from a series of educational programmes.

Its grand opening halted by the outbreak of World War 2 in 1939, the Plaza was nearly lost to developers in the 1990s, it was rescued following a petition organised by the local community and is now a thriving must-do for local film lovers and visitors alike.

When you next visit the Plaza, you will be greeted by the warm, friendly staff, many of whom are volunteers, but you will also be walking into a living piece of local history recognised by BAFTA no less.

To check out latest screenings and prices, visit the Plaza website