Legislators say ‘yes’ to beer and a movie

Interested in beer and a movie? A Senate committee backed the idea Tuesday despite some concerns about families encountering drunks at the local theater.

State Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, sponsored Senate Bill 654 to clarify what movie theaters can sell at the concession stand. Five theaters in Louisiana already sell alcohol. Their permits predate the current alcohol and tobacco commissioner, Troy Hebert, who wanted clarification in state law on the issue.

The bill follows a national trend toward theaters diversifying their concessions.

“You take your family out to the movies … someone can drink too much and act like a nut with your family there,” said state Sen. Greg Tarver, D-Shreveport.

Tarver tried to kill the bill, but the Senate Committee on Judiciary B overruled him. The bill now moves to the Senate floor.

Under SB654, theaters would have to segregate their alcohol counters. In other words, moviegoers couldn’t buy popcorn and beer at the same counter.

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