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Tinseltown Cinemark Will Soon Sell Alcohol

Beer with your popcorn at Chico's Tinseltown theater will soon be available if you're 21.

Posted: Sep 13, 2018 7:02 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2018 10:18 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Beer with your popcorn at Chico's Tinseltown theater will soon be available if you're 21.

The Tinseltown theater has big renovation plans coming within the next year.

The assistant manager said a possible cafe, maybe even a Starbucks, will be put in alongside their newly constructed bar.

"We're still playing it by ear," said Dean Evans, assistant manager of the theatre. 

Evans said there hasn't been much talk about a bar menu or what kind of alcohol will be served, but vendors will probably be reaching out soon to collaborate.

Tinseltown theater was told about this decision around summertime of last year, he said. 

"About a third of our concession stand will be remodeled and that's where the bar will be," Evans said. "It'll be between the game room and the concession stand." 

Evans said in regards to selling alcohol, employees who are 21 will go through training sessions on how to properly check I.D.'s and learn the logistics of selling alcohol to customers.

Many other Cinemark Theaters across the country have executed this decision as well.

"I mean it's already rolled out in a lot of other Cinemarks across the United States so its a success so we hope to have the same deal here," Evans said. 

Gary Clayton, a Chico resident, said there are pros and cons to Cinemark selling alcohol at this location.

"I guess pros are more economic than moral," Clayton said. "I mean people at home they watch movies and have a drink every once in a while so I think that could be something that could be capitalized in that term."

Although, Clayton also explained in his opinion some negative aspects of this new service.

"Some cons that come with it you know some people's behavior may not be able to handle the responsibility of alcohol in a public place like this," he said. 

Clayton explained how he likes to bring his children to the movies, and with this new service, he might be a little more hesitant in doing so.

"It's in the dark and so you can't really regulate if they're handing it off to someone else having children I do think about things like that," Clayton said.

Evans said the original plan to implement the bar was supposed to be done by the end of this year, but recently it's been pushed back to be completed by March of 2019.

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