On Tuesday morning Rob Younger, who owns Parkway Cinema on Eldon Street, was left devastated to discover his front window was completely smashed and left on the street.
The cinema boss, who recently reopened the venue with new social distancing regulations in place, had no choice but to repair the damage caused despite being strapped for cash.
Rob told the Chronicle: “This is the last thing we need in all honesty. We’re just getting back on our feet and this will put us back.
“There’s been no sign of a break-in, it looks as though someone’s just kicked the window and then walked off.
“It just shows a lack of care and consideration for others. I’ll have to repair the damage myself which is the last thing we need.”
The cinema has been left struggling to recover after it was forced to close at the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
“We’ve been struggling since the lockdown and are trying to save every penny. It’s a tough time for the industry which needs support more than ever.
“Setbacks like this will cause even further problems and add unnecessary costs that could be detrimental.
“My faith was restored after one of our customer contacted me on Facebook offering the pay for the damage.
“I can’t thank those who have supported us enough. We do it all for the community and as an independent cinema, all support is appreciated.”
Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, has backed the independent cinema and believes more support should be offered to the sector in wake of the lockdown.
“I am appalled by the senseless vandalism that has been committed at the Parkway Cinema.
“I would urge anyone with any information relating to this incident to get in touch with South Yorkshire Police.
“The Parkway is a wonderful independent cinema right at the heart of our town centre but, like so many local businesses, has struggled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I have raised the issue of support for independent cinemas in Parliament and will continue to push for additional support for the sector.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.