congress passes rescue funding for small and mid-sized cinemas
Many movie theaters will receive funding through new legislation passed by Congress — but there’s still more to do to help local theaters.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put movie theaters across the country at risk of going dark for good. From small independent screens to nationwide exhibitors, our local theaters employ over 153,000 people and have formed a cornerstone of the American experience for generations.
On December 21, 2020, Congress passed legislation including $15 billion in grants for small and mid-sized movie theater companies. While this lifeline will help many theaters bridge the crisis, we still need assistance for companies left out of this program so that we can preserve our local theaters and the jobs they provide.
Moviegoers came together to send over 365,000 letters to all 535 Senators and Members of Congress urging them to pass legislation to #SaveYourCinema and preserve thousands of jobs in theaters across the US. Thank you for helping keep the lights on in many theaters struggling to survive the financial impact of the pandemic.
The National Association of Theatre Owners represents over 35,000 movie screens in all 50 states. The moviegoing experience is at the heart of everything we do as we work with lawmakers and film distributors to protect, innovate, and improve the movie theater experience for audiences everywhere.