Dresden – The Free State of Saxony is co-financing the federal cinema program for the future in 2021 and 2022. According to a cabinet decision on Tuesday, a total of half a million euros are available to support investments. This should enable movie theaters outside of metropolitan areas in particular to better demonstrate their strengths in the face of growing competition from streaming services and media platforms.
“The cinema is a cultural and social place that brings people from all sections of the population together and thus makes a contribution to social dialogue beyond the big cities,” said Media Minister Oliver Schenk.
Conversion and equipment measures are funded in order to reduce the risk of corona infection, to renew the technology and to make movie theaters more environmentally friendly. According to the information provided, applications can be submitted to the Sächsische Aufbaubank.
The future cinema program was launched in 2020, and 25 million euros are available nationwide for 2021. It is aimed at operators of cinemas in smaller communities with up to 50,000 inhabitants. Even houses in larger cities with a special commitment to cinema culture can submit applications. The prerequisite is that the respective federal states also inject money into the cinemas with their own funding programs.