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Weekly Now: The Fight to Save the Movie Theater

COVID-19 keeps claiming more and more professional victims

At a time when even a surefire blockbuster like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet can’t get people to go to the movies, the theater industry’s most prominent trade group is warning of some tough headwinds.

Last week, the National Association of Theatre Owners, along with the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Association, sent a letter to members of Congress requesting specific, targeted aid to protect movie theaters, which saw massive declines in revenue during the early months of the pandemic.

The letter—also signed by a number of high-profile directors, actors, and producers, including Clint Eastwood, Wes Anderson, Jordan Peele, Melissa McCarthy, and Martin Scorsese—noted the economic toll an extended downturn could take on movie theaters.

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