ST. PAUL, Minn. – Over $1 million in COVID relief grants are going to southeastern Minnesota movie theaters and event centers.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced $8.4 million in Movie Theater Relief Grants and $6.4 million in Convention Center Relief Grants to 73 theater owners and 15 convention centers. In southeastern Minnesota, that includes:
CineMagic 7 Theatres in Austin - $80,000
CMX Chateau 14 in Rochester - $150,000
Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse in Rochester - $15,000
Hollywood 12 Theatres in Rochester - $130,000
Jem Movie Theater in Harmony - $15,000
Mall Cinema 7 in Albert Lea - $80,000
Mayo Civic Center in Rochester - $500,000
Rochester Galaxy 14 + IMAX in Rochester - $150,000
Experience Rochester, which helps manage the Mayo Civic Center with the City of Rochester, provided the following statement to KIMT.
“We sincerely appreciate the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s efforts to spark economic relief across the state. As an industry, meetings, conventions and the hospitality industry have unquestionably experienced an unprecedented year of losses. This grant will help us offset certain, qualifying expenses to best position the Mayo Civic Center to better serve the community’s economic recovery. At this time, plans related to specific expenses are being developed. We’ll be working in conjunction with City of Rochester officials on identifying how to best use the grant funding.”
“Convention centers and movie theatres are an important part of our economy that has been severely impacted by COVID-19,” says DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “The state and our team at DEED have worked hard to award these grants quickly to help these venues weather the pandemic and bounce back during Minnesota’s economic recovery.”
For a complete list of grants, click here.