In case you haven’t heard, the good news we’ve been waiting for has arrived. We’re very excited that Governor Cuomo has finally released a set of restrictions for cinemas to re-open in NY State. We are reviewing them and developing plans to meet or exceed the protocols for safe movie-going.
We will definitely NOT be opening the cinema on October 23rd. Installation of new, mandatory HVAC filtration systems is dependent on available supply, which is currently under very high demand. For us in Tompkins County, there’s also the concern that several adjacent counties are on the cinema “no-fly” list because of a positivity rate at or above 2% on a 14-day rolling average. We will continue to monitor these data very closely to ensure that we limit any risk to our safe bubble here in Ithaca.
More details will be coming soon, as we assess the supply chain for proper safety equipment and provide ample time to train our staff on new safety protocols We hope to be back open in early December!
In the meantime, we need your help to ensure that movie theaters around the country receive support in the next round of Federal COVID relief. The movie theater operators of America are desperate for help from Congress. Without such help, 70% of the theaters in the country could file for bankruptcy or close permanently by the end of the year. More than 70,000 jobs could be lost permanently.
Senators Schumer, Cardin and Shaheen have included relief for movie theaters as part of the Save Our Stages initiative, and SOS is now included in their COVID relief bill. We seek a bipartisan solution for pandemic relief now that would include these provisions to preserve moviegoing in America.
Please TAKE ACTION today by contacting your reps in Congress and asking that they support the Save Our Stages Act as part of the continuing Federal response to the pandemic. An expanded SOS Act will provides grant to performance venues, live theater, and movie theaters, calculated at up to 45% of gross 2019 revenues or $12 million per company, whichever is less. Also allows a supplemental grant for businesses that have lost over 80% in revenue. Movie theaters and live venues are among the hardest-hit industries that will be the slowest to recover from the pandemic, and SOS is the only proposal that offers the right amount of FLEXIBLE funding that will be the bridge that keeps the theaters from going dark forever. Across the country this legislation would save over 3,500 theaters.