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Movie Theater Owners Call for Immediate Access to Funds for Shuttered Venues

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Rebecca Rubin Film and Media ReporterIn December, the Small Business Administration set up a $16.1 billion fund to provide eligible movie theaters, live venue operators and performing arts organizations with grants that could help save their businesses.Yet almost six months later, many independently owned companies haven’t gotten proper funds.

The delay, trade organizations that back these businesses argue, puts small companies at the risk of permanent closure.On Thursday, the National Association of Theatre Owners, the lobbying group that represents film exhibitors, has joined a chorus of trade organizations — including the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, the League of Historic American Theatres, the National Independent.

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