MEDIA RELEASE: Keeping Cinema Doors Open in Canberra

The Liberal-National Government continues to support the recovery of the arts and entertainment sector in the ACT, with a total of $230,000 awarded to three cinemas under the first set of grants from the second round of the $20 million Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund.

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said a total of 125 independent cinemas across the country would receive a share $7.3 million from the latest round of SCREEN Fund grants to support their resurgence from COVID-19 disruption.

“Independent cinemas are a vital component of Australia’s economic, social and cultural wellbeing, which is why we continue to provide one-off business continuity grants to support the cinemas resurgence from prolonged closures and capacity restrictions,” Minister Fletcher said.

“The Liberal-National Government has committed $17.7 million to date from the SCREEN Fund to support 200 independent cinemas across the country to keep their doors open, continue offering employment opportunities, and carry on showcasing diverse stories to entertain their communities.”

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said the latest grants would allow independent cinema operators to keep providing a popular, low-cost and COVID-safe way for people to go out and enjoy a movie as part of their local community.

“Dendy Cinema Canberra, Limelight in Tuggeranong and Palac Electric have all been approved for grants to help keep their doors open and projctors rolling as part of the Liberal-National Government’s $20 million SCREEN Fund,” Senator Seselja said.

“This funding will enable them to recover from severe disruption that has largely impacted their revenue streams, and work towards restoring normal operations as COVID-19 restrictions ease.”

Administered by Screen Australia, the Government announced a second round of the SCREEN Fund in December 2021 to support independent cinema operators with grants of up to $85,000 if they have experienced significant declines in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCREEN Fund applications are open until 30 April 2022 or until total funds are committed. For more information and to check eligibility, visit:


The Hon. Paul Fletcher MP
Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts

Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja
Senator for the Australian Capital Territory