Gov. Tony Evers today announced more than $14 million in grants were awarded to movie theaters, summer camps, and minor league sports teams throughout the state. Today’s grant awards are a part of the governor’s more than $140 million investment to support the recovery of Wisconsin’s tourism and entertainment industries from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. …. The Movie Theater Assistance Grant Program is a more than $10 million program that provides approximately $15,000 per screen to 49 theater companies. This is the second pandemic relief program to assist the movie theater industry in Wisconsin, bringing the total investment in Wisconsin’s movie theaters to $20 million.Movie theaters throughout the state were closed for much of 2020, and even after vaccinations and mask policies have been put in place in 2021, many have yet to watch films in any place other than homes. You take a look at national box office figures for movies (courtesy of the Box Office Mojo website) and you can see that despite good growth since all ages were able to be vaccinated in May 2021, we are still well below the ticket revenues that existed before the pandemic.
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Evers sends stimulus aid to Wisconsin movie theatres, and the cinemas need the help
As 2021 closes up, it’s worth noting that Wisconsin still has plenty of COVID relief funds left to be used, and that there is still COVID-related economic damage in some sectors. That was borne out with Governor Evers’ announcement of a new round of aid in an industry that is still well below their pre-COVID levels of business.
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