Let’s compare ‘Apples to Apples’ with the West Mall Beer license

This morning on Belfrage’s show he was saying comparing the liquor license for Prairie Berry to the one for West Mall wasn’t the same. First off, it was a beer license, NOT liquor, so let’s get that straight, and secondly he is right one level. Prairie Berry is a bar/restaurant essentially (I do believe you can bring minors in the place since they serve food) while West Mall is a movie theater. But there are some similarities. Both, I would assume would ID anyone who was going to purchase alcohol, that’s the law. Also, since both allow minors into their establishments, than they would have to monitor them.

I agree with the council that it wasn’t a big deal to allow Prairie Berry a beer/wine license, that’s not the argument here. The big deal is NOT allowing one at the movie theater, and I would argue one of the most ignorant decisions this council has ever made as an entire voting body.

Why? Well lets start comparing ‘apples to apples’. Besides the fact that movie theaters throughout the country and world have allowed alcohol for decades, there is the other comparison. The Washington Pavilion, Orpheum Theatre and Events Center all allow alcohol in a ‘dark’ hall just like a theater. I would also note that it would be a lot harder for an usher to monitor someone underage drinking at an EC concert than it would be in a small movie theater. A simple solution would be to put a wristband on drinkers at the movie theatre that are reflective and serve the beer or wine ONLY in clear plastic cups. This would make it easier to identify drinkers from non drinkers in the theater.

It seems the city council has a double standard by allowing alcohol at city owned facilities that have minors present but NOT allowing a private business owner to do the same. I would encourage him to revisit the idea and remind them of this double standard.


#1 JKC on 07.03.18 at 4:27 pm

When I was a kid, like nine years old in fact, during the Summer of 1970, I and my friend use to carefully cross 41st Street (It had just lost its ditches and was a four laner now), then we would buy a pop at the Del Farm* grocery store (It’s Linda Lee’s Hallmark Shop now) in the Western Mall, then we would head to the liquor store in the Mall, which was next to the kids candy store (Hubbard’s Cupboard), because the liquor store had a bottle opener… 😉


#ThoseWereTheGoodOldDays…. (When Nixon was President…. 😉 )

*A sixteen once pop with deposit included was 16 cents back then, but if you lucked out having this one lady ring you up at DF, she would only charge you 14 cents, because she assumed it was a 12 ouncer….. 😉




#2 D@ily Spin on 07.04.18 at 10:11 am

It’s hard to watch a B movie without being drunk. How about ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ cult at West Mall. Then, forget the beer and legalize pot.

#3 JKC on 07.04.18 at 7:28 pm

That’s why Reagan failed as a “B” actor, because people weren’t allowed to drink or smoke, while watching his movies at a theater… (What?… Someone gave Reagan a “B,” too?)