Push continues to allow alcohol in movie theaters

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Theater owners in New York State are making a final push to allow people to buy alcohol at the movies.

The New York chapter of the National Association of Theatre Owners joined beer producers, elected officials, and business groups Monday to lobby state lawmakers.

Governor Andrew Cuomo touted the bill, but didn’t include it in the budget that was approved this spring.

Theater owners say a liquor license at the movies will boost business and create jobs.

“I think they’re just looking for the same rights and privileges that other entertainment businesses have such as concerts and sporting events,” Nine Pin sales manager Joshua Whelan said.

Under the bill, customers would be limited to one drink at a time, and staff would have to go through special training.

The bill is being discussed in committees in both the senate and assembly, and both have yet to come to the floor for a vote.

The legislative session ends June 21.

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