Gov. Evers awards Wisconsin movie theaters $10 million in coronavirus grants

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MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers announced $10 million has been awarded to 54 movie theater operators throughout the state as part of the COVID-19 Movie Theater Grant Program.

A news release said the program provides funds to help movie theaters affected by the pandemic.

“Wisconsin businesses across industries and communities have felt the strains of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and movie theaters have been particularly hard as they also battle stalled movie production,” Evers said in a statement. “Movie theaters are often a corner stone of our main street businesses, and I am glad we were able to get these funds out the door to help them keep theirs open.”

The Wisconsin Department of Administration administered the funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The program gives recipients average awards of $14,600 per eligible movie theater screen. Funds can be used to provide safeguards against COVID-19 and help with other facility improvements during the pandemic.

“Movie theaters employ thousands of individuals throughout the state,” said DOA Secretary Joel Brennan. “We hope this funding will provide some relief to these institutions in communities large and small so that they can continue to provide Wisconsinites with employment and family memories in the years to come.”

For a full list of grant recipients, click here.