State senator proposes movie theater tax

posted by Michael Zoldessy on May 19, 2009 at 9:45 am

Another great sign for the health of the film exhibition industry!

A bill introduced by Republican Jeff Piccola would take away a sales tax exemption that prevents movie theaters from having to pay tax on the movies they rent to show to the public.

How much you wanna bet this guy had a bad theater experience lately and he’s taking it out on the owners with this.

The full story is available at WGAL.

Comments (7)

KenLayton
KenLayton on May 19, 2009 at 11:16 am

It won’t hurt the big chains since they’ll just jack up prices even higher than ever.
What it will do is hurt the little independent theaters and force them out of business.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 19, 2009 at 9:23 pm

One of these jerks props up every now and then. I wonder why Republicans always always attack the media and Hollywood when things aren’t going their way. Maybe he should tax guns and AM radio broadcasters first.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on May 19, 2009 at 9:40 pm

This guy could use a little history lesson. In bad times, people traditionally flock to the movies to take their minds off their troubles and escape for an hour or two. Why would he want to burden the theater owners and the patrons with this frivilous tax?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on May 20, 2009 at 12:13 am

Most states have an admission tax. Very few do not.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 20, 2009 at 11:16 am

Most states tax ticket sales. This is a tax on the rent paid to film distributors by exhibitors.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on May 20, 2009 at 8:58 pm

None of the big theatre chains (AMC, Regal, Cinemark), as well as National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) likes the ideal of having the film rentals taxed, and are going to fight to stop it.

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