Coronavirus/COVID-19

As the industry navigates its way through the next few months of uncertainly, it is important to share as much information as possible. Collectively, the industry is already pulling together to provide support and to help businesses to plan for a future post-COVID-19.

This page hosts information from the various industry bodies around various financial – information covers the UK, EU and the US- support and technical guidance for cinema operators.

The ECA is committed to supporting members, where we can, on any issues. Please do contact us if you have any questions, concerns or even good news! If you have any information, that would be helpful for members, please contact us and we will happily add the details here.

Like us all, we look forward to the day that cinemas will open their doors and embrace what will certainly be a boom period for cinemas around the world.  

To stay up to date on event cinema releases, please keep an eye on our schedule.

UK information provided by the UK Cinema Association

The UK Government and governments in the devolved nations have put in place a number of measures to support the cinema sector during the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

The picture remains a developing one, so UK Cinema Association members are encouraged to check their website regularly for updates.

Visit the page for more information on:

Business rates

Support grants

Coronavirus Job retention scheme

Coronavirus Business interruption loan

VAT

Sick Pay

Commercial landlords

EU update provided by UNIC

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, covering 38 countries in Europe and neighbouring regions.

For more information on support for cinemas by territory please email UNIC or your National Trade body. More information on who to contact, can be found here

Regular updates from the Commission Press Briefing can also be found on the UNIC website.

The European Creative Business Network has launched a survey about the impact of COVID-19 on Cultural and Creative Industries – this has been shared by the European Commission. Feel free to fill it in (it’s short!) and share it.

At the Parliament, please note MEP Christian Ehler (DE, EPP) has been coordinating closely with MEP Sabine Verheyen (DE, EPP) on how to support the cultural and creative industries and has suggested a study on the impact of COVID-19 on the CCIs be launched. UNIC are waiting to hear more details and we hope these MEPs will also raise the issue during the Parliament plenary scheduled for Thursday. 

For more information on UNIC and on EU activity please click here

US update provided by NATO

A bipartisan agreement has been reached in the Senate to provide relief to movie theatres, their employees and so many other public-facing industries that have had to close their doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With this agreement, movie theatres can look forward with confidence to re-opening and once again serving their communities when this crisis has passed.

While some details remain to be worked out, the broad provisions of the agreement help movie theatres and their workers in so many ways.A $454 billion loan guarantee fund provides access to capital allowing movie theatres and other businesses to pay their fixed costs while they are unable to generate revenue through normal operations.

Expanded SBA programs that will allow small businesses – the vast majority of theatre companies – to do the same, with several categories of expenses eligible for loan forgiveness.

Provisions allowing deferral of payroll taxes, expanded opportunity for loss carrybacks for businesses, and technical corrections regarding qualified improvement property.

Employee retention tax credit for businesses that keep people on the payroll despite closures or that see large sales losses.

Up to four months of direct aid to workers through extended and expanded unemployment insurance, including increases in the weekly dollar amount and eligibility for part-time employees.

Advanced tax deductions to workers payable now.

With this aid, movie theatres can get through this crisis confident in being able to re-open, knowing their vital, trained workforce is able to weather this pandemic and have jobs waiting for them when it is safe to reopen.

For more information on Coronavirus resources for US exhibitors, please click here

Technology recommendation for cinemas

As cinemas have been forced to shutdown across Europe and globally, exhibitors must continue to maintain their digital equipment in order to have them ready for reopening. Huge thanks to all partners for contributing to this guidance for cinemas.

Cinema Technology Community

Cinema Technology Community CIC (CTC), is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that aims to advance the use of technology to enhance all aspects of the movie-going experience.

CTC members represent all facets of the film industry: from film distributors to cinema exhibitors, integrators, manufacturers, journalists and thought leaders.

Membership to the CTC is FREE during COVID-19. More info here.

UNIC Technology Group

UNIC have posted a list of the various recommendations published by manufacturers and other industry stakeholders, the list includes, Gofilex, Cinionic, NEC, Christie, CinemaNext and others.

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