An Important Appeal from The Regent Theatre

The Regent Theatre, via AE member and theater owner Leland Stein, needs your help. The coronavirus crisis has affected everybody’s bottom line, but arts organizations have been especially hard hit. Arlington Entrepreneurs hopes you’ll take a moment to read Leland’s appeal and pitch in to help. Eventually, this crisis will be over. We want to make sure our Town still has the small businesses it had before this all started. Let’s do our part to keep all our businesses healthy and going strong.

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Dear Friends,
Do you love Janis Joplin? Lizzo? Nirvana? Chance the Rapper? Lady Gaga?
The independent venues that helped launch these superstars need your help. Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know you support your mom and pop venues who need financial support from the federal government.
It will only take 60 seconds to make your voice heard.
We Need Your Help To Save The Regent Theatre
Thank you for your ongoing support of The Regent. Together with you we have played a role in bringing Arlington and neighboring communities to life and furthering the careers of countless artists. For nearly 20 years, we have booked an incredible variety of performances, films, and community events because of our independence. Now independent venues like ours are at risk, and we need you to tell our Senators and Representatives how important The Regent is to you and your community.
When this crisis began, independent music venues were the first to close, and we will be the last to open. While completely shuttered we have little revenue, most of our employees and artists are without jobs, and normal bills keep coming, regardless.
We have joined the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), a group of close to 1,500 independent music venues and promoters in all 50 states, to collectively urge Congress to help protect our industry by providing the financial support that is necessary for us to survive the shutdown and reopen once again.
Please join us and support our cause by calling and writing our Senators and Representatives today. It’s fast and easy:
Yell it, scream it, clap your hands, and pound your feet like you’re calling the band back for an encore! Please help us ensure we survive by using your voice now (and tell a friend or 100 friends!). #SaveOurStages
And… stay tuned for our next newsletter with some important and exciting announcements regarding new fundraising initiatives, virtual film screening events, and much more…
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Take Care and Stay Safe.
We hope to see you soon!
Leland Stein & All of Us at

Support Local Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Help keep our business infrastructure running, so shops and restaurants will be here once the pandemic fades and people can get out and about again. The Town of Arlington is doing what it can to keep our local economy healthy and has come up with a fun way to keep in touch with town businesses and patronize them at the same time. Pick up a gift card or get a meal to go, then enter the name of the business you just patronized on Arlington Shop Local’s Small Business Bingo cards. Here’s the deal:

“The Town of Arlington is partnering with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce to encourage support for local businesses, while adhering to local safety advisories and protocols, during the coronavirus pandemic.

HOW IT WORKS: Each bingo card contains 24 local businesses and restaurants in Arlington that are offering take-out, food delivery, gift cards, or online shopping. Cross off a box each time you place an order. If a business closes temporarily while you are playing, it becomes a free space. One winner per board will be chosen to win a $100 Shop Arlington First gift certificate from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. To be eligible to win, submit your completed bingo card with proof of each purchase by May 31st to the Arlington Chamber of Commerce at with the word “BINGO” in the subject line. Winners must purchase an item from at least one business in each column, (B,I,N,G, and O) to win.

“We hope that people will have fun with this and be motivated to support Arlington businesses.  Now, more than ever, shopping local is essential to the survival of our ‘main street’ businesses,” said Beth Locke, Executive Director of the Arlington Chamber.

Ali Carter, Economic Development Coordinator for the Town, collaborated with her colleague Kelly Lynema, Senior Planner in the Department of Planning and Community Development, to design the cards and cultivate the list of participating businesses. “Create a competition with your neighbors, friends and family. The more who play, the stronger our local business community will remain,” says Carter.

Download a Bingo card to start playing!