It’s no secret that COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in theaters (as well as nearly every other business) over the past few months, and the Directors Guild of America, the National Association of Theater Owners, the Motion Picture Association, along with a large group of filmmakers including James Cameron, Christopher Nolan, Patty Jenkins, Clint Eastwood, Zack Snyder and many more, wrote a letter to Congress begging them to come to the aid of cinemas that might do not survive the pandemic.
The letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, urges Congress to ” redirecting unallocated funds from the CARES Act towards proposals that help businesses that have suffered the biggest drops in revenue due to the pandemic.“According to the letter,”The pandemic has dealt a devastating financial blow to cinemas. 93% of film companies recorded more than 75% losses in the second quarter of 2020. If the status quo persists, 69% of small and medium-sized film companies will be forced to declare bankruptcy or close permanently, and 66% of jobs theater will be lost. Our country cannot afford to lose the social, economic and cultural value that theaters provide.“Although some theaters across the United States have reopened, they are now being forced to consider leaving, as box office receipts have fallen by at least 70% from the previous year. Besides the cultural impact, the letter also focuses on the large number of people employed by the theater industry.
« In the absence of a solution adapted to their situation, theaters risk not surviving the impact of the pandemic,Said the letter. Assuming theaters are able to survive, things might be a little different in the future, as audiences have grown accustomed to on-demand movies from the comfort of their own homes. While not always perfect, the theatrical experience East something to cherish and hope he survives. You can read the full letter, along with a list of everyone who signed it, below.
Dear Chef McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Chef Schumer and Chef McCarthy:
Thank you for your leadership at this difficult time for our country. As you contemplate future COVID-19 relief legislation, we ask that you prioritize helping industries hardest hit, like our country’s beloved cinemas.
No doubt you are hearing from many, many companies that need help. Movie theaters are in dire straits and we urge you to redirect unallocated funds from the CARES Act to proposals that help businesses that have suffered the biggest revenue drops due to the pandemic, or to adopt new proposals. such as the RESTART law (S. 3814 / HR 7481). Without a solution adapted to their situation, theaters risk not surviving the impact of the pandemic.
The pandemic has dealt a devastating financial blow to cinemas. 93% of film companies recorded more than 75% losses in the second quarter of 2020. If the status quo persists, 69% of small and medium-sized film companies will be forced to declare bankruptcy or close permanently, and 66% of jobs theater will be lost. Our country cannot afford to lose the social, economic and cultural value that theaters provide.
The cinematic experience is at the heart of American life. 268 million people in North America went to the movies last year to laugh, cry, dream and be moved together. Theaters are great unifiers where our country’s most talented storytellers present their cinematic achievements. All aspiring filmmakers, actors and producers dream of bringing their art to the big screen, an irreplaceable experience that represents the pinnacle of filmmaking.
In addition to their critical cultural impact, theaters are multipliers of economic strength. In addition to the 150,000 employees working in theaters nationwide, the industry supports millions of jobs in film production and distribution, and countless more in the surrounding restaurants and retailers who depend on theaters for traffic. pedestrian. Cinemas are also leaders in the employment of under-represented groups, including people with disabilities, the elderly and new entrants. Movie theaters are a vital industry that represents the best that American talent and creativity has to offer. But now we fear for their future.
Theaters need specific assistance adapted to their situation. We invite you to meet on a
bipartisan solution that provides this relief, by reallocating unspent funds from the CARES Act to programs designed for industries like cinemas, or by passing new proposals like the RESTART Act. These solutions would respond to Congress’ intent to help severely affected sectors of the economy and ensure that our resources are focused on the industries that need them most.
Please stand up for the beloved and essential cinemas of our country by adding
upcoming COVID-19 legislation. Thank you for your leadership and for considering this request.
John Fithian President and CEO, NATO
Russ Hollander, National Executive Director, DGA
Charles Rivkin, President and CEO, MPA
Thomas Schlamme, President, DGA
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