The U.K. Film Council will share $940,000 (£475,000) among 56 indie theaters to allow them to spruce up their facilities.
The National Lottery coin will go toward the cost of refurbishment and the installation of projection equipment. Grants range from more than $1,000 to almost $70,000.
“Independent cinemas often represent the cultural core of local communities, and we hope these funds will make it possible for cinemagoers to enjoy film in a more comfortable environment,” said Pete Buckingham, the film council’s head of distribution and exhibition.
“In many cases these grants will improve access for audiences who are deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired, allowing them more opportunities to enjoy the exciting choice of film on offer,” Buckingham added.