New law allows Garland Theater to serve alcohol

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- The Garland Theater is preparing to serve alcohol during some movies. It is one of several new laws taking effect this week.

Customers at the theater said they can’t wait for that option.

"I think it's a great idea, I think it will make for a real nice movie experience,” Jon Bockstruck,
a theater customer, said.

State legislators wanted to give historic theaters a competitive edge by letting them sell alcohol. The owner of the Garland says business is currently doing alright, but now this will likely improve ticket sales. 
 
The owner of the Garland said they are putting a new kitchen in as well, so they can serve dinners. These changes come as the theater gets ready to add new seats and recently updated their equipment.

But before any of these changes can take place, the Garland has to make a minor control plan and get it approved by state leaders.
 
Garland employees will not serve beer and wine until after 5:00 p.m. Workers hope to start serving alcohol by September. 

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