Showroom Cinema with Andy Moore
Normally with this column every week we bring you news of the latest new film releases and upcoming special events at the Showroom Cinema.
It’s such a pleasure and a real privilege to get to share what we do at the Showroom with the Telegraph’s readers, to connect with the communities that make Sheffield so special, and to contribute to the conversation about the vibrant and diverse cultural life of this great city of ours.
Sadly though, this week we have some much sadder news to share instead of the normal update about the exciting things we’ve got planned over the coming weeks.
In the early hours of Wednesday 3rd July, vandals set fire to parasols on our brand-new terrace, completely destroying them and damaging the wooden tables and scorching the decking below.
It is of course deeply shocking and saddening for those of us who work at the Showroom to see this happen. But the Showroom is not only ours, it belongs to everyone in Sheffield - it is a unique asset for the city that deserves to be enjoyed by all.
It’s also so much more than a cinema - we are the custodians of a beautiful Sheffield landmark, and a distinctive piece of 1930s architecture.
We are also an educational charity, and as part of this work we show a huge range of culturally diverse films from around the world. We also offer accessible screenings for people from all walks of life.
All of this would not be possible without the money we generate through our commercial activity. It’s this work that’s absolutely crucial for supporting the work of the Charity, and it’s for this reason that over the last two years we have invested extensively in our bar area, both inside and out, to create a modern, welcoming space for everyone in Sheffield to use.
Our new terrace opened less than a month ago, and it was being enjoyed by all sorts of people from morning to night. We’ve been so proud looking along Paternoster Row to see the positive difference this addition has made to the street, which is why it’s so upsetting to see this senseless act of vandalism take that away.
We now need to raise £8000 to replace the parasols and restore the terrace to its very recent glory. If you’d like to help us reach this goal you can find out more by visiting https://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/support-us/