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WA Senate passes bill for alcohol service in movie theaters

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Washington state lawmakers are proposing movie theaters be allowed to serve alcohol.

Senate Bill 5607 cleared the Senate floor 36-13 Tuesday. If passed into law, it would create a beer, wine and spirits license for movie theaters in Washington.

The bill requires theaters interested in serving alcoholic beverages to submit a plan to the Liquor Control Board that would guarantee no minors have access to the drinks.

Bill sponsor Sen. Nick Harper, D-Everett, said the goal is to not only encourage spending at Washington movie theaters, but also to support the state's microbreweries, wineries and craft distilleries.

An amendment to the bill requires that a theater wishing to acquire a license have no more than 120 seats per screen, provide tabletop accommodations and meet the same food preparation requirements as restaurant licensees.

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