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Factsheet for measure ES-2020-27/1348 – measures in Spain

Support to movie theaters

Ayuda a las salas de cine

Country Spain , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 03 July 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Carlos Molina (UAB)
Measure added 29 October 2020 (updated 05 November 2020)

Background information

The Council of Ministers has authorised the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) to call for direct grant aid for film exhibition rooms destined to expenses incurred in 2020, derived from the COVID-19 crisis. These aids are part of the aid package approved by Royal Decree on May 5, to support the cultural sector to face the situation derived from COVID-19 and which represents a budget investment of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of €76.4 million.

Content of measure

The amount of aid to movie theaters amounts to €13,252,000 and will be charged to the budget of the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts, a body dependent on the Ministry of Culture and Sports. Specific aid to movie theaters is aimed at defraying the costs associated with the preventive health measures adopted in the face of COVID-19 and those that serve to promote the visibility of the reopening of cinemas in 2020, from the date on which the state of alarm was imposed:

Incidental expenses generated as a result of the sanitary measures adopted. Expenses for campaigns aimed at reopening and returning the public to cinemas. Expenditure on actions that allow increasing the programming of school campaigns. Advertising space for promotion and previews of Spanish cinema in theaters, as well as institutional campaigns.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement reported.

Views and reactions

No views reported.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 05 May 2020: Royal Decree Law 17/2020 on support measures for the cultural sector to cope with the economic and social impact of COVID-2019 (


Eurofound (2020), Support to movie theaters, measure ES-2020-27/1348 (measures in Spain), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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