A local movie theater may soon be able to serve alcohol. A new Carmike Cinemas theater is opening in Opelika next week and a beer and wine license proposal is on the table.
The resolution would give the theater a beer and wine license and has been proposed to the Opelika City Council, but it’s raised some concern in the community.
“Movie theaters are one of the few places left that the family can go have a traditional without the involvement of additional substances like alcohol,” said Michael Grayson.
The resolution does carry some strict conditions -- no alcohol can be brought from the outside, employees will scan ID’s to prevent counterfeits and customers can only buy one drink at a time. Even with these conditions, some still have concerns.
“I think the biggest problem is going to be controlling it, like once you get in there because it's dark and people can pass it here and there,” said Robert Ellis.
But some, especially the college students interviewed down the street at an Auburn theater, are looking forward to it.
“It seemed like it was always a cool place to go to,” said Kyle Chyke, who has been to a movie theater with alcohol. “It was always a little more fun."
The Opelika City Council will discuss the proposal next week at a work session. Since it is a work session, there will not be a vote – it will just be an opportunity to discuss the resolution. The meeting is open to the public and is at 5:00 p.m. central in the council chambers.
About 400 movie theaters nationwide have some sort of beer and wine license. The new Carmike theater in Opelika opens on May 1st.