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The British Asian actor, Himesh Patel, best known as Tamwar Massod on Eastenders is playing the lead in a new big-budget film Yesterday by Danny Boyle, out this Summer.  Born in Cambridgeshire, Himesh heard about the campaign to Save Ely Cinema through his local connections and is keen to lend his support.

Himesh Patel

‘I’ve visited Ely several times and know what an asset the independent cinema is for the City. I’m really pleased to be supporting the Save Ely Cinema campaign and I hope Babylon Arts is able to raise the money it needs to keep it going’  Watch the clip of Himesh talking about the campaign here

The initial target was to raise £3000 by 1st June to cover the annual warranty and maintenance costs of the cinema kit. Caroline Cawley from Babylon ARTS who manage the cinema said ‘We’ve been overwhelmed by people’s support and have smashed our first target. We now need to continue our appeal to raise the remaining £7000 to meet our over-all target of £17,000. We’d like to say a big thank you to all our original pledgers and ask everyone to continue to coming to see more films, more often at our riverside cinema to ensure its long term survival.’

You can find out more about the campaign or donate online at or at the cinema, The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely

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