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Bill to allow alcohol sales in old Idaho theaters signed

UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

Downtown Sandpoint features lots of little shops and great restaurants - as well as the Panida Theater which features different kinds of performances, and movies, all year round. (Pia Hallenberg)
Downtown Sandpoint features lots of little shops and great restaurants - as well as the Panida Theater which features different kinds of performances, and movies, all year round. (Pia Hallenberg)
Associated Press

BOISE – Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little. Among others, the Panida Theater in Sandpoint will now be able to serve beer and wine during movie showings without obtaining a special license.

Little last week signed the legislation that applies to theaters built before 1950 with historical designations. Besides providing entertainment, the theaters also hold such things as weddings and community events.

Bill supporters say it will help historic theaters remain financially viable with beer and wine sales.

The legislation passed the House in February on a 60-7 vote, and the Senate earlier this month 25-10.

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