How you can help The Magic Lantern

One of the oldest cinemas in Europe is crowdfunding an essential piece of equipment.

Over 20,000 people a year enjoy the Magic Lantern Cinema located in Tywyn on the west coast of Wales. Surrounded by sea and mountains, the wonderful 125 year old ‘Assembly Rooms’ has been showing films since 1901, making it one of the oldest cinemas in Europe.

The Magic Lantern combines the charm and traditions of cinemas of old with state-of-the-art technology, and this beloved venue is known for its fantastic variety of films, from the latest blockbusters to less well known but fabulous independent and art house films from all over the world.

Sadly, the cinema is facing  a huge problem. The annual service of their projector has revealed that an essential part, the optical block, will only last for six months before the colours on screen start deteriorating to an extent that will make films unwatchable. The cost of replacing this part is £18,000.

The Magic Lantern prides itself on showing a range of diverse films. Over the last 9 years, 100% of its yearly profits have been reinvested into the cinema in a continuing effort to improve the venue and its programme.

The Lantern isn’t just a cinema, it is an important part of the community. In addition to films, live music, theatre and special events, they also play host to various community events. A Welsh Language learners group meets monthly, as does the Tywyn Well Being group at their regular Relaxed Screenings. They have hosted Charity coffee mornings, provided meeting points for local organisations like Greener Tywyn, the Town Council and CPR Training Sessions, hosted charity fundraisers and provide a venue for birthday parties and weddings.

The Magic Lantern must raise this money as quickly as possible to ensure they can fix the projector in the next few months and continue to show films, as they have been doing for the last 118 years. All donations will be used purely to fix the projector and the owners, staff and everyone who loves The Lantern will be so grateful for any contributions, small or large.

You can donate here.