La Crosse, Eau Claire movie theaters receive pandemic relief

WAUTOMA (WKBT) — Movie theaters in La Crosse and Eau Claire are among those that received pandemic relief grants, Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday.

Marcus Cinemas of Wisconsin received $4.125 million, the Rivoli Theatre in La Crosse received $45,000 and the Eau Claire Theatre Group received $135,000.

Evers announced Tuesday $14 million in grants to movie theaters, summer camps and minor league sports teams throughout the state as part of his administration’s investment to support the recovery of Wisconsin’s tourism and entertainment industries.

“From Wautoma to Spooner, summer camps, movie theaters, and minor league sports teams are important parts of our communities and our state’s economy,” Evers said. “Unfortunately, like many businesses in our tourism industry, these folks have been hit particularly hard by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This investment will continue to help fuel our state’s recovery and ensure a strong rebound for our local communities.”

Evers also announced grants for minor league sports, including the Eau Claire Express and La Crosse Loggers, which received $83,795 and $200,000 respectively. The Gateway Area Council of and Chippewa Valley Councils of the Boy Scouts of America received a $50,000 grant each.

The Movie Theater Assistance Grant Program provided roughly $15,000 per screen to 49 theater companies. The program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration and funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act to offset the financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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