Scorsese, Eastwood say U.S. movie theaters may not survive pandemic

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-winning directors James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese joined forces with movie theater owners on Wednesday to appeal for financial aid, saying they feared for the future of the industry .

In a letter to leaders of the US Senate and the House of Representatives, they said the coronavirus pandemic had dealt a devastating blow to cinemas and that without funds, “theaters may not survive the impact of the pandemic. “.

The letter was signed by more than 70 directors and producers, as well as the National Association of Theater Owners, the Directors Guild of America, and the Motion Picture Association.

The pandemic forced cinemas to close their doors in mid-March. Large chains such as AMC Entertainment AMC.N and Cine.L Regal Cinemas of Cineworld Plc have reopened, with reduced capacity, in many US cities, but not in the larger markets of Los Angeles and New York.

Efforts to bring Americans back to theaters have proven disappointing, and Hollywood studios have delayed the release of big movies like “Black Widow” and “Top Gun: Maverick” until 2021.

The letter says 69% of small and medium-sized film companies will be forced to declare bankruptcy or close permanently unless help is provided.

“Movie theaters are a vital industry that represents the best that American talent and creativity have to offer. But now we fear for their future, ”the letter said.

Other signatories to the letter included James Bond film producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins and action film director-producer Michael Bay.

They have called on Congress to redirect unspent funds from the coronavirus aid package passed earlier this year, or enact new proposals that would help cinemas weather the pandemic.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Leslie Adler

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-10-01 05:46:09.

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