AceShowbiz - George and Amal Clooney have helped save their struggling local theatre after the venue was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The "Gravity" star and his barrister wife donated towards The Mill at Sonning Theatre, which is located close by their lavish mansion in Berkshire, England, after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the venue to close.
"The Mill at Sonning is to re-open its theatre on 30 October and announces all its in-house theatre productions for 2021," reads a statement on The Mill's Facebook page.
"The auditorium is to be named in honour of legendary playwright Ray Cooney for his incredible support for the venue during lockdown," it adds. "After nine months in lockdown, The Mill at Sonning, the UK's only dinner theatre, is to re-open its theatre on 30 October with a winter season of comedy, magic, cabarets and plays."
Officials, including Artistic Director Sally Hughes, go on to thank "fundraising and donations from Mill Angel supporters and Hollywood star George Clooney and his wife Amal, who are near neighbours and regular attenders (and) have been a lifeline to ensure the venue's survival."
The Mill will reopen with a reduced capacity of 70 customers for dinner and show, due to the U.K.'s social distancing regulations. The winter 2020 programme features an array of comedy and magic shows, along with cabarets and plays.
Meanwhile, in the United States, Hollywood movie moguls like Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, Jon Chu, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Michael Bay, and Patty Jenkins recently signed an open letter pleading with the congress to help bail out cinemas hit by the crisis.