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Following Closure of Paramount Room, Rep. Horn to Host Save Our Stages Press Conference

“If Congress doesn’t act, the Paramount Room won’t be the only venue to close its doors for good”

Oklahoma City, September 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the news that Oklahoma City’s Paramount Room is closing, Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5) will be hosting a press conference on Thursday, September 10, at 12:00 PM CT at the Paramount Room, calling for passage of the RESTART Act and the Save Our Stages Act. Congresswoman Horn will be joined at the press conference by Paramount Room’s owners as well as business and community leaders, including owners from DCF Concerts, the Oklahoma Children's Theatre, Tower Theatre, Lyric Theatre, and Jones Assembly.

“I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of the Paramount Room. Local treasures like this bring us together, they attract talent to our state, they create jobs, and they act as community hubs. If Congress doesn’t act, the Paramount Room won’t be the only venue to close its doors for good. While many small businesses have re-opened at a reduced capacity, a partial reopening isn’t possible for performance venues and many other Oklahoma businesses. That’s why I’m fighting to pass the bipartisan RESTART Act, to save Oklahoma’s performance venues, restaurants, and businesses, and to help these local employers keep their lights on and their doors open. We need Congress to pass this critical legislation before it’s too late.”

The press conference will be held in front of the Paramount Room, at 701 W Sheridan Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

The RESTART Act would provide financial assistance, tax credits, and extended unemployment benefits for small independent performance venues and other small businesses facing long-term hardship due to COVID-19. Congresswoman Horn is also a cosponsor of the Save Our Stages Act, which would provide SBA grants for independent live music venue operators affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. These grants would provide six months of financial support to keep venues afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector for communities across America.

Congresswoman Horn has been an outspoken advocate for the RESTART Act and has worked hand-in-hand with local venues to deliver help during the pandemic.