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New Bill Would Create Beer, Wine, and Spirits License for Movie Theaters

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Movie theaters in the state could start offering alcohol to their customers.

The state Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would create a beer, wine, and spirits license for movie theaters. The bill requires theaters interested in serving alcohol to submit a plan to the state Liquor Control Board to help guarantee no minors will have access to alcohol.

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.

Bill sponsor Nick Harper says he hopes the bill would encourage people to spend money at movie theaters after being hit hard by the recession. Attendance has declined by 15 percent over the past decade.