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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Ordinance allows movie theaters to sell alcohol

Interested in having an alcoholic beverage while you’re at a movie theater in Minot? You could soon get your chance.

An ordinance passed by the Minot City Council on first reading will allow movie theaters in Minot the opportunity to provide on-sale liquor, beer, and wine sales to its customers. The ordinance change was requested by AMC Classic Theaters at Dakota Square. Oak Park Theater also meets the requirements and would be eligible to apply for a permit.

Under the ordinance, a movie theater is defined as an establishment whose business building contains square footage of at least 7,500 square feet and fixed seating capacity of at least 150 where motion pictures are screened regularly. The ordinance would allow the sale of liquor, beer, and wine on the premises.

There are restrictions on the movie theater license, including:

  • A movie theater licensee may not sell alcoholic beverages more than 90 minutes prior to a scheduled movie screening
  • A movie theater licensee shall operate a restaurant on the licensed premises and shall have, on an annual basis, gross sales of food that are at least equal to gross sales of alcoholic beverages which are consumed on the licensed premises
  • A movie theater may shall not serve or deliver more than one alcoholic beverage to a customer at one time
  • The purchase of a movie theater admission ticket is required for the purchase of an alcoholic beverage

The annual fee for the theater license is $3,125. The ordinance must be passed on second reading.

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