NATO, Directors Guild Beg Congress for Bailout of Cinemas: ‘Theaters May Not Survive’

A letter co-signed by MPA and 70 filmmakers warns that two-thirds of theaters may file bankruptcy if aid is not provided

The National Association of Theater Owners has sent a letter to Congress urgently seeking federal financial aid for movie theaters, which have struggled since reopening in the last few months, often at limited capacity, and face widespread bankruptcy.

The letter, sent to House and Senate leaders in both parties, was co-signed by the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, and more than 70 directors, producers and writers. Among the filmmakers signing the letter were Judd Apatow, Sofia Coppola, Michael Bay, Seth Rogen, Patty Jenkins, and Greta Gerwig.

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Jeremy Fuster

Jeremy Fuster

Box Office Reporter • jeremy.fuster@thewrap.com