Baton Rouge movie theater wants to start serving alcohol

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POSTED: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 8:24pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 8:30pm

One local movie theater wants to be able to offer beer as an option to its adult patrons, but the final say lies in the hands of the Metro Council. It's a re-zoning issue for the council, but something else entirely for locals who are split on whether it's a good idea.

AMC here at the Mall of Louisiana wants to do what thousands of other theaters across the country already do which is serve alcohol. The Metro Council's will have the final say. So, we wanted to know what you thought of the idea. Is it a good one or not?

Preston Rivers is a dad. When he takes his daughter to the movie, he said he does not want her exposed to people who may have had one too many.

"I don't think so. It's unnecessary really because once you probably get drunk. I think it will be bad for business," Rivers said. "For it being the family experience yes, but if you take your kids to the movies, it should be for them."

The AMC theater near the Mall of Louisiana wants to serve alcohol, but that decision is not in it's hands. The Metro Council will vote Wednesday to see whether they will accept or decline AMC's request for rezoning. People like Rivers said, it could make for a dangerous combination.

"Well, there's going to be a whole lot of drinking and driving, a whole lot of accidents, especially if you are taking your kids to the movies, you wouldn't want them to be involved in a situation like that," Rivers said. "So, I don't think it's wise."

However, not everyone sees it that way.

"I'm pretty sure a lot of parents might not like that, but at the same time, I don't know how it would be fair to people who want to go and have a drink or so while they're watching a movie," Hunter Hamilton said.

Hamilton thinks this could be just what the theater needs to make more money.

"I think they will definitely profit off of that because I mean you go to the movie theater and you pay about $10 for popcorn and a large drink. So, you know, most stadiums you pay about $5 to $10 on an alcoholic beverage. So, they'd definitely profit off of that.There definitely have to be regulations," Hamilton said. "I mean, like I said there will be a lot of underaged kids that go to the movie theaters. I really just depends. They'll have to be really strict at checking IDs."

The council will make a decision Wednesday.

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