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County’s denial of theater’s liquor license could spark suit

April 7, 2019

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia government could face legal action after denying permission for a movie theater to sell beer and wine.

The Telegraph of Macon reports Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted 5-3 last week to deny the license to the AmStar 16 theater.

The theater can appeal for a hearing, leading to a report and a second county commission vote.

Mayor Robert Reichert has told commissioners previously that denying an alcohol license to a business meeting requirements invites a lawsuit.

Opponents noted people younger than 21 watch movies. Commissioner Mallory Jones says some moviegoers would become “loud and boisterous.”

But other commissioners noted alcohol is already sold at a local bowling alley and Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant.

A Southern Theatres representative says the company hasn’t had problems at 14 locations selling alcohol.

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Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com