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The Hollywood Reporter, 7/2/10
Brazil president wants to save old movie theaters
By Agustin Mango Agustin Mango – Thu Jul 1, 11:58 pm ET
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Hollywood Reporter) – Brazil’s president is trying to keep movies, not preachers, in the country’s classic movie temples.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has called for incentives that would keep theaters open rather than being sold to evangelist churches, the most common buyers of such venues.
When not demolished, these stylish theaters have been saved from becoming parking lots thanks to their size: Some seat more than a thousand, about the number of people attending evangelist churches every weekend. Evangelist organizations like the Iglesia del Reino de Dios have been the most common buyers of these venues.
The , Close to You program plans to use public funds to finance the construction of 600 theaters throughout the country, including the setting up of moviehouses in the 89 districts that have a population of fewer than 100,000 — and no cinemas.