Plaza Cinema receives royal stamp of approval

    Author Zoe Aresti

Plaza Community Cinema in Liverpool’s Waterloo has been honoured with a royal stamp of approval after being given an award by the Queen.

An Art Deco building and modern cinema showing the latest films for a fraction of standard prices, the site is run by the local community and received the Queen’s Award Voluntary Services prize for the continued dedication of its 75 volunteers.

“I was informed in April that we had been successful in being awarded the Queens Award Voluntary Services, the equivalent of an MBE,” says Manager, Martin Fol (below).



“We submitted our application in September 2015 and were interviewed at the Plaza by representatives of the Lord Lieutenants office who sent their report to the Cabinet Office.”

Fol was joined by the cinema’s Chair of Trustees and Volunteer, Jan Dunn (above), for the Queen’s Garden Party on Tuesday 24 May and, according to the manager of the venue, it was something never to forget.

Plaza is a community-run cinema which has been in business for almost 20 years. The award was introduced in 2002 on the Queen’s Golden Jubilee: “We had a once in a lifetime amazing day.”

He concluded: “I also attended the Patrons Lunch on Sunday 12 June which was a day to remember.”

To read more about the day, visit Liverpool Echo.