On September 1, 2020, the Lincoln began shining red with other venues across North America to raise awareness that time is running out and the Cinema and Live Events Industry is on Red Alert for its very survival, and create congressional pressure to act now. If you're downtown tonight please take a picture and share with the hashtags #saveourstages and #RedAlertRESTART.
Congress will continue negotiating a COVID relief bill next week and in order to SAVE OUR CINEMAS and SAVE LIVE MUSIC we are calling for the inclusion of the RESTART and Save Our Stages acts in the final package.
Your elected officials in Washington are working on the next stimulus package. Now is the time for us to collectively raise our concerns about the future of historic theatres and the arts in general. If your favorite Historic Theatre is a film house, the RESTART ACT, introduced with bipartisan support from Senators Michael Bennet and Todd Young, will help our favorite movie theatres, but it also has provisions to help all small businesses by making some much needed fixes to the PPP program. You can find more information on this bill here.
If passed, the RESTART Act could provide much needed financial support for your favorite independent cinema (historic or otherwise) that is currently dark or partially dark due to COVID-19. The Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation believes the passage of this bill could help ALL our theatres during these unprecedented times and we encourage you to Take Action Now!
Currently there is another bill you can ask your elected officials to support that could provide much needed funds for our venues and performing artists. It is called the Save Our Stages Act or SOS Act. You can find more information on this bill here.
If passed, the SOS Act could provide much needed financial support for historic theatres that are currently dark due to COVID-19 and the performers that use those stages. The Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation believes the passage of this bill could significantly help our theatres and artists during these unprecedented times and we encourage you to Take Action Now!
Once you click on the above links they will automatically load up an email for you to send your elected officials. The process is quick and simple and that email (which you can edit) will remind your elected officials that the arts are a significant economic generator in communities large and small across America. According to the Americans for the Arts Economic Impact Calculator, the sum of the Lincoln's and our audience's expenditures generated $1,762,800 to our local economy last year and 58.5 FTE jobs.
Performing Arts Venues and Cinemas were some of the first businesses to close and will most likely be among the last to reopen.
Let your family and friends know that we need them to participate as well. The letter is written so that anyone can use the link. When it's time for all of us to come back together, historic theatres must be able to open our doors again. Take Action Now and ask your family and friends to do the same. Fill out our simple form and we will automatically connect you to your elected officials.
Act now. Historic Theatres cannot become history,
Roger Gietzen, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org