NY movie theaters could sell hard liquor in new state budget deal — but there’s a catch

Vaughn Golden and Carl Campanile

Originally published in New York Post on .

Movie theaters can apply for a license to sell liquor, including wine and beer to their customers, under the $237 billion state budget deal crafted by Gov. Kathy Hochul and the legislature.

But lawmakers don’t want filmgoers to get blotto on cocktails while watching “Ghostbusters” so customers will be limited to buying one drink per transaction.

“I’m proud that my legislation to allow movie theaters to apply for on-premise licenses for alcoholic beverages made it into the final budget,” said state Sen. Jessica Scarcella-Spanton (D-Staten Island).

“Movie theaters, like many small businesses, suffered greatly over the last few years. This is a step forward in helping them find new avenues for revenue and will be great for patrons who are looking for a fun night out.”

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