The Washington Liquor Control Board visited Central Cinema earlier this week amid protest from citizens and Seattle city leadership over rules that could jeopardize the family-friendly business model at the neighborhood cinema (a CDNews sponsor). The problem is not gone completely yet, but the visit revealed that the cinema has been following rules that are no longer in place, prompting a few immediate changes:
More on the visit and the new rules changes, from Central Cinema:
We just had a positive meeting with the Brass of the Liquor Board. The directors of the various departments at the Liquor Board were in Seattle for meetings and they wanted a tour of the Cinema so they could see first hand how we operate. Generally they liked what they saw and it was a good thing to show them that are not a bad influence on children. It was interesting to find out that we have been following some rules that are no longer in effect. I had the Director of Enforcement tell me that the type of chairs and tables for dining areas was no longer and issue for them and that our folding arm/tables in the back are fine. The main issue for them is that people are actually eating in a dining area. This is a positive development as we will be able to open the upper level to all ages. It is a bit of a moot point as the upper level is being converted into booth seating over the next two weeks. We talked about what the next steps in the rule changing process are and we should be getting an official response to our petition soon. There is still a few months of governmental process to go until things are smoothed out but the prospects are looking better with each step.