As part of the US bailout, Central Coast entertainment venues received a total of $ 27.3 million as part of closed-site operator grants passed by Congress in December.
Among these venues are the Fremont Theater Entertainment Group, the Central Coast Performing Arts Center Commission and Central Coast Cinemas, the company that runs Park Cinemas in Paso Robles. KSBY’s Neil Hebert spoke to John Roush, the president of the company, about what the $ 1.01 million has done to help them stay afloat.
âBasically he paid all the bills that we racked up until April of this year,â said John Roush, president of Park Cinemas. âIt’s a huge amount of money, and here we go. It’s already been spent, just to pay the landlord’s rent, property taxes, and any past bills we have acquired. Even though we were closed it still cost us money to run.
Roush says if it weren’t for the COVID relief money, many businesses, including movie theaters, would be struggling to get back on their feet.
âA lot of them would probably be bankrupt if they weren’t. Hopefully this will save all the venues so that we can bring the movies, entertainment, concerts back to the audience, âRoush said. âGoing to the movies is like an event for people. Children love to go to the movies; get yourself some fresh popcorn, a drink and some candy and watch it with their friends.
A total of 41 different sites received relief funds on the central coast as part of the grants to closed site operators. In the United States, more than $ 16 billion has been donated to entertainment venues.