Hey Sioux Falls City Council, it’s 2018 NOT 1957

Maybe they should hire Barney to guard the theater to stop those sneaky teens?

In one of the weirdest Beer and Wine license denials I have ever seen, the council just voted 8-0 to deny West Mall 7 alcohol licenses.

Theaters all over the country and world allow drinking in theaters. The Events Center, Orpheum, Pavilion, Canaries Stadium, etc., allow drinking.

Ironically there was ZERO discussion on whether to give a healthcare organization a liquor license.

They were worried about older patrons buying younger patrons drinks. Newflash! This happens all over the city at different events, not that I approve of it, I’m just stating a fact, it happens already. Secondly, as a teenager who drank, I can honestly tell you if teenagers are going to drink, they are not going to do it in a crowded theater unless they brought their own. They just are not that stupid.

With the recent kerfuffle about the noise ordinance downtown, I sometimes wonder why our city council can be so square sometimes. They could care less if millions of pounds of grain almost knocked over our viaduct but are concerned little Johnny might get his first sip of Bud Light at a movie. The Shame!

There are bigger fish to fry. They should have passed this 8-0 without discussion and got with the 21st century.


#1 The D@ily Spin on 04.03.18 at 9:09 pm

I agree with the council vote. Beer at West Mall is a desperate attempt at saving this dying venue. When alcohol becomes this easy, there will be minors abuse. These days movies are streamed. If you want your teen to have alcohol, do it at home. West Mall theater should die and become a dry storage warehouse like the rest of the Western Mall.

#2 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.03.18 at 9:14 pm

It definitely is the 21st Century, isn’t it? Sanford Health wants a liquor license or two, or is that “twofers?”. Downtown development is some how judged by how many new micro brew pubs open. The answer to increased tax revenues is to increase the booze tax. Alcohol helps to cause our jails to fill, while we make it easier to purchase your favorite local micro brew at your local liquor store…..

So, maybe the theater and alcohol are the perfect blend or place to answer all of this, but not as a consumption rather as a lesson of our times, which should have already been learned…..:


#3 Theodore on 04.03.18 at 11:26 pm

Very disappointed in this vote by our City Council. Very backward thinking.

#4 LJL on 04.04.18 at 12:34 pm

Come on out with your kids and get blitzed at a ball game. But you cant watch a movie and get your buzz on.