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Public hearing for movie theater liquor license

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By: Channel 8 Newsroom
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A public hearing is scheduled before the City Council where the Grand Theater, in downtown Lincoln will ask for a Class I liquor license.

Patrons are one step closer to sipping a beer while enjoying a movie.

Last Monday, the Internal Liquor Committee reviewed the application

They discussed two things, allowing the permit and changing an old ordinance that doesn't allow children, under 16, in businesses, serving alcohol, after 9p.m.

"I think it was very productive," says Tim O'Neill, who's the attorney for Marcus Theaters. 

Currently, nine of Marcus theaters 45 businesses, across the country, serve alcohol to movie goers.

"This is really unique thing, where it's a completely different sort of thing where liquor's being served in the community," Councilman Carl Eskridge, told us earlier this month.

This topic brought to light the 1949 ordinance stating a business can not allow anyone younger than 16–years–of age in an establishment, serving alcohol, after 9p.m.

This law is not being enforced in some places including, the new arena, bowling alleys and grocery stores with special licenses for their wine tastings.

"I think this is an issue that needs to be addressed by everyone, I think we're going to get through it," says O'Neill.

The liquor committee is looking at options connected to this ordinance:

-Repeal it

-Push the time back so minors could stay after 9p.m.

-Carve out exceptions

-Require a special permit.

O'Neill says, "I don't think anybody's picking on Marcus, it's just kind of coming up at this light so I think it will get resolved and I think it will work out."

Marcus's liquor license application will be on the March 3rd City Council agenda.

No word yet on when they may look at changes to the 16 and under alcohol ordinance.

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