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Local movie theaters benefit big from state funding

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(WQOW) - Governor Tony Evers unveiled awards from a grant program designed to keep theaters in the state open and local theaters are benefitting big.

"Tourism is really important and obviously part of that tourism is the entertainment industry. So we need to continue to invest in them during this pandemic to make sure that they're around for the duration" said Governor Evers during a stop Tuesday in Antigo to announce the grants.

Theaters across the Chippewa Valley are getting a piece of Evers' $14-million plan to revitalize tourism in the state.

As a part of the Movie Theater Assistance Grant the Micon Cinema Theaters in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls were awarded a total of $255,000.

The theater in Stanley was awarded $15,000.

AMC Theaters, which has a location in Eau Claire and several other Wisconsin cities, was awarded just over $1-million.

Cinema Entertainment Corporation, with theaters in Menomonie, Rice Lake and Hudson, received $390.000.

Movie theaters are not the only ones benefitting from this grant program, Evers also announced funding to help youth summer camps and minor league sports in the state.

For a link to the full list of grant recipients, click here.

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