After many years of fighting and trying, it finally happened. New York State liquor The Authority announced Thursday that beer, cider and wine can now be served in movie theaters across the state. Some lawmakers have long believed that the sale of alcohol could help boost business and theater attendance. With COVID-19 continuing to put a huge cramp on the industry, leading many to air new releases that are simultaneously being made available at home, this could save a lot of theaters.
A number of theaters across the country have already done so, including theaters in New York that offered table service. Other theaters were licensed to serve alcohol only if the customer drank it at a lobby cafe, or if the venue doubled as a functioning restaurant (places like Alamo Drafthouse). Now you can actually buy booze at a concession stand with your popcorn and then bring it to the theater. It could change a lot of things. The changes take effect immediately, although it may take some time for theaters to get their licenses.
This again applies to beer, cider and wine. Cinemas will still not be allowed to sell alcohol or mixed drinks. It remains prohibited, according to Gothamist.
While some movies like Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Coming Home have recently flourished, other more adult-oriented movies haven’t fared so well at the gate.
In other news, A new brewery has opened a bar in the Hudson Valley. It has been a long journey for the three owners of this uniquely named operation. Location, finances, and even a pandemic were factors they had to deal with along the way. However, their path now takes them to Orange County where a new bar has opened to the public. Read here.
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