The Rio Theatre is no longer allowed to show movies ending 74 years of tradition due to an outdated law, story here. This is what we can do to help.
Help Independent Theatres survive by showing your support to change the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Act that prevents single screen movie theatres from selling alcohol.The regulation banning liquor at movie theatres dates back to prohibition, which lasted in B.C. from 1917 to 1921, when the public voted to repeal it. It’s time to change this law that is over 90 years old! Liquor laws need to reflect our modern multimedia society. Policies that hurt our economy and limit arts and cultural events must be removed.You can drink alcohol with minors present at sporting arenas, restaurants, recreation centres and bowling alleys, but right now in BC, Cultural Venues with a liquor license are not allowed to screen movies and Movies Theatres are not allowed to apply for a Liquor License. This law is threatening the livelihood of our Independent Single Screen Theatres and it must be changed before more theatres close their doors.Movie theatres all over the world including the USA and across Canada are allowed to have alcohol service at film screenings, it’s time for the BC Government to take action!
I support changes to be made to the BC Liquor Control and Licensing Act that prevent Single Screen Movie Theatres from obtaining a liquor license as well as regulations that prevent licensed cultural venues from selling alcohol during film screenings whose primary audience are adults of legal drinking age.