Its official, yesterday we received word that the Liquor Control Board approved a new permanent rule allowing minors in Restaurants with Cinemas.
Last fall the liquor board informed us that we were out of compliance with the law because we allowed minors into a theater with a beer/wine license. We had been operating this way since we opened in 2005 but the law had changed in 2010. Faced with either giving up families or giving up our beer license we instead worked to get the law changed to something more reasonable. Thanks to the efforts of Carl Marquardt of the Mayor’s office and Council member Richard Conlin we were able to petition the Liquor Control Board for a rule change. We were able to show the Liquor Board that drinks in a Dinner-Theater can be safely managed for families. The Liquor Board then crafted a new rule (attached) and adopted it yesterday.
The new rule takes effect August 25th and the bonus part is that will be allowed to expand into serving cocktails sometime in September.
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Congrats! Glad the hard work paid off. I’ll be sure to come and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Great news! Congrats!
Obviously, I am thrilled that this worked out for Central Cinema. But I continue to be irked by the WSLCB and their paternalistic, moralistic stranglehold on entertainment in this state. Our tax dollars should be used for much better purposes.
Just the sentence “We were able to show the Liquor Board that drinks in a Dinner-Theater can be safely managed for families” makes he want to scream. My family does not need to have the proximity of alcohol managed, and neither does any other family I know.
That being said, you have to take your victories as they come.
I think it’s great for the whole family to be able to go out and enjoy a dinner theater together, but I hope the little kids and babies stay home. I don’t have kids, so going to a movie and listening to kids chattering or having them kick my seat or constantly getting up and down, completely ruins going out to a movie. If it’s a KIDS movie, that’s one thing, but the number of young children in adult oriented movies is growing and it makes going out to a movie a whole lot less fun for everyone else.
While I agree with you that some parents are not using great discretion in this area, the situation at Central Cinema is not really related, as the rules were not going to allow children into the theater to see any movies.