Local movie theaters get state grants to help stay in business

Local movie theaters which have been shuttered for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic get some relief in the form of grants from the state.

Classic Cinemas in Beloit CEO Chris Johnson says his theater was awarded $146,198.

Johnson says the grant will allow his theater to reopen in the spring when he expects new movies will begin to come out again.

Movies 16 in Janesville received a similar grant for $233,918.

In total the state awarded $10 million in CARES Act funds to more than 50 movie theaters around Wisconsin.