Assembly Democrats not supportive of alcohol in movie theaters – Albany Times Union (blog)

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told reporters on Monday that the Democratic Majority Conference is not supportive of legislation to allow regular movie theaters to sell alcohol to patrons of age.

“We want people to be able to take their children to a movie theater and not have to worry about the sobriety of the people sitting next to them in the movie theater,” he said before afternoon session.

Asked if support still doesn’t exist with the introduction of an amended version of the bill that would require municipalities other than New York City to offer a statement in support of theaters obtaining a license to sell booze, Heastie said, “Should I just repeat my answer?”

Under state law, movie houses that have a licensed restaurant and seats at tables are authorized to sell alcohol. But patrons at the average theater cannot purchase an adult beverage. 

The legislation would bar sales to G and PG film ticket holders.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo supported alcohol in movie theaters in his executive budget proposal, but it ultimately fell off the table. 

Supporters of the bill have pointed to potential economic benefits, particularly for small theaters.

“We remain cautiously optimistic that New York will join the 37 states that already allow alcoholic beverages in movie theaters,” said Joe Masher, president of the National Association of Theater Owners of New York State and chief operating officer of Bow Tie Cinemas. “The fact of the matter is although we allow it either via a restaurant or tavern license, the current arrangement doesn’t support small, historic theaters nor local, craft beverage producers that make their home in every corner of the Empire State. We hope the Legislature will join Governor Cuomo and support this bill.”

Some additional context from the TU’s April report on booze in theaters:

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