Oscar-winning film directors James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and Ang Lee joined forces with movie theater owners on Sept. 30 in an appeal for financial aid. According to Reuters, in a letter co-signed by over 70 directors and producers to the US Senate and House of Representatives, they said that the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the US film industry.
The letter said that 69 percent of small- and medium-sized movie theaters will be forced to file for bankruptcy or close permanently, and without funds, “Theaters may not survive the impact of the pandemic.” As many as 93 percent of theaters saw their revenues plummet 75 percent or more in the second quarter, compared with the same period of time last year, and about 100,000 people working in the film industry could lose their jobs.
Earlier last week, Cineworld Group, the second-largest movie theater chain in the US, announced plans to close its 536 Regal Cinemas in the US and 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse venues in the UK. The closures are likely to affect around 45,000 employees.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. devastate v. 重創 (zhong4 chuang4)
2. bankruptcy n. 破產 (po4 chan3)
3. permanently adv. 永久地 (yong2 jiu3 de5)
4. regal adj. 豪華的、帝王的 (hao2 hua2 de5, di4 wang2 de5)
5. closure n. 關閉 (guan1 bi4)
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