Federal, local grants help small business movie theaters recover from pandemic | Berks Regional News

PHOENEXVILLE, Pa. | It’s not an academy award, but to these small, family-operated theaters, it’s an award they’ll cherish.

“Without it, my company, FOX theaters, would not have survived,” said Don Fox, CEO of FOX Theaters.

Local and federal officials announced Shuttered Venues Operators grants, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, to small local movie theaters hurt by the pandemic.

Democratic Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan helped Berks County-based FOX Theaters, and Phoenixville’s iconic Colonial Theater, obtain the grant money after they originally had trouble securing it.

“Places like the Colonial Theater and FOX Theaters in our community had genuinely, legitimately no choice but to shut down their operations for nearly a year,” commented Houlahan.

Fox extended a heartfelt thank you to Houlahan, who helped his company secure a $5.3 million grant, according to public federal data.

“The grant is based on 45% of 2019…

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