December 6, 2013 in Features

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Garland plan to serve beer and wine met with mixed response
 
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Garland theater employee Crystal Bertholic carries menus in Bon Bon at the Garland Theater in the Garland District in Spokane.
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The Garland Theater, which was recently listed on the state register of historic buildings, is getting a big makeover with new seats, a new menu, and beer and wine available to carry to your seat. We asked readers for their thoughts about the changes. Here’s a sampling of their responses (from Facebook):

Marsha Randall

Why do movie theaters need alcohol to be served? Not right in my book.

Elaina Reich

I agree! There is no reason for people to be drunk and be rude during movies.

Kyle Lane

I can’t say I’ve never drank and gone to a movie but I also have respect for people and keep quiet during the movie, but I can already see this going badly. Hopefully they limit it somehow.

Shandell Vansant

I think it’s a great idea. If they serve beer or wine and you’re there for an hour and a half movie, it’s not like people will be getting drunk! Lighten up! It’s nice to relax and have a glass of wine or beer and watch a movie, it doesn’t mean “getting drunk.”

Anthony Kasper

It’s a great idea!! Bon Bon is right there. People get drinks all the time before, during and after the movies. I believe it will be a great success and for those who don’t believe in this idea, there are plenty of other theaters. God bless America, for the freedom of choice!

James Smith

I don’t like the idea. I take my friend’s kids there for a movie about twice a month but would rather not have them surrounded by a bunch of people drinking.

Char Dauterman

Love the idea. Other cities have done it. It’s time for Spokane to catch up.

Martha Heidenreich

After enjoying Cinetopia in Vancouver, WA, I’m glad we’ll have a place like this in Spokane.

Katherine Fritchie (owner of the Garland)

What I see when I read through all these comments is a great group of people who genuinely love a historic, locally owned theater! Me too! To address your concerns, none of us wants to see a movie with loud people in general whether they’ve been drinking or not. We want to enjoy our experience. We are taking all of that into consideration and have experienced staff who know when to NOT serve beer or wine to a guest. This is not a new concept. It has been around for decades. Children are exposed to alcohol in a variety of places from sporting events to Chuck E. Cheese’s. We love and respect our children, which is why we will not be serving alcohol during matinee show times. If you are concerned come and check it out before you make judgments. I think you’ll like what you see!

Maureen Patrick

The Magic Lantern served drinks at their old location. Will it be a 21 and over movie house now? Anything to keep it alive gets my vote.

Vicki Christenson

Great idea!

Lynn Walters

Want to sit next to someone crunching on nachos?


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