Rezoning issue leads to talk of alcohol sales at movies

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - If a Baton Rouge theatre has its way, movie-goers will be able to buy alcohol at theaters. The Baton Rouge Metro Council is scheduled to start discussions on the issue Wednesday, which is actually part of a rezoning request.

The talk around the area is this rezoning issue could allow alcohol sales in movie theaters. However, Councilman John Delgado said it is currently a discussion strictly about changing the zoning status from restaurant to bar of Bar Louie at the Mall of Louisiana.

A change in the zoning status of the business would no longer require it to sell food. Delgado said the possibility of the change is causing some concern for surrounding businesses.

Delgado said some discussions have come up in the Metro Council to change the city's ordinances to allow movies theaters to sell beer and wine. It is something not uncommon in other cities in Louisiana and across the country. He also said he supports the idea of selling alcohol in movie theaters.

According to Delgado, the sale of alcohol at theaters would make a trip to the movies just like going to a restaurant, where vendors who are of age would still only sell to customers who are of age.

However, some people around Baton Rouge just don't think it is a good idea.

Delgado added the ordinance change would also put movie theaters on the same level as area stage theatres that sell alcohol.

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