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City Council hears testimony on theatre liquor license

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Posted By:  Jenn Hatcher

On March 3rd, the Lincoln city council will vote whether or not to grant the Grand Cinema, in downtown Lincoln, a liquor license.

First, the Internal Liquor Committee will look further into the idea, at their February 24th meeting.

The Lincoln city council held a public hearing Monday on whether to allow alcohol to be sold in the movie theatre. 

Some are against the idea, saying they want to keep a theater as family friendly as possible, "Movies are one of the drug frees places we can say are open to kids, what do you say to them now, if you approve an ordinance like this," says Kim Boesch, Human Services Administrator for Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Marcus Theater representatives were present and say they understand the big responsibility that comes with serving alcohol. 

"They can't guarantee that an adults not going to break the law, nor can any liquor license holder, guarantee that, explains Tim O'Neill.  "But you can be very confident that they're going to do everything and probably more than most liquor license holders in the state of Nebraska to insure that nothing happens to peoples kids, that'd be the worst thing to have happen."

Under current city law, it is illegal for children under the age of 16 to be in an establishment where alcohol is served after 9 p.m. unless the minors are accompanied by an adult.  Marcus Theaters is willing to work with the city council on a resolution regarding this policy.


The city council also looked at a project that would beautify the entrance to the city of Lincoln.

Those in favor of this work say the roads leaving the airport, are an eyesore.

They're looking at adding greenery and markers up and down west Adams and Cornhusker highway.

This project is comparable to what Omaha has done on the road between Eppely Airfield and their downtown.

"When you see the location as it is and compare to what it could or will be, you see the difference where the market might be encouraged to act, where we know now, it is not acting," explains, Dave Landis, with Urban Development.

The updates would not raise taxes.

Some money would come from private donations.

Cornhusker Bank has already pledged $50,000.

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