With the movie theater industry taking a massive hit as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, many theater owners have sought to convince NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow theaters to reopen. The Global Cinema Corporation, which is a global organization consisting of major theater owners, sent a letter to Governor Cuomo had this to say:
“We recognize your commitment to ensuring that the citizens of New York remain safe and protected from COVID-19. With certain zip codes in New York seeing spikes of the virus, we are, of course, not suggesting that you open the entire state at once. We are, however, requesting that you adopt a plan similar to that in California, where Governor Newsom has allowed openings on a county-by-county basis according to virus data.
The state of New York is an important market for the exhibition industry, not only in the United States but also around the world,” the letter continued. “With New York’s theaters shuttered for nearly seven months and no indication of when they will be allowed to reopen, the studios that supply new movies have been reluctant to release their latest films to the point where almost no new major films will be released globally until 2021 and beyond. Without new movies to play in our cinemas, many members of the global exhibition community will be forced to close their doors again. Many of these companies will not survive.”
According to Cuomo’s senior advisor Richard Azzopardi, in an October 5th statement:
“We’re moving heaven and Earth trying to stop a second wave and people need to acknowledge that we’re still in a pandemic and start to act like it,” Azzopardi said. “We understand some people are unhappy, but you know what? Better unhappy than sick or worse.”
This statement was contrary to Cuomo’s original plan to reopen thaters back in August.
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