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

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Movie theaters can apply for a license to sell booze as well as wine and beer to customers, according to the $237 billion state budget deal crafted by Gov. Kathy Hochul and the legislature.
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.
For years, legislators had resisted calls to sell alcohol in theaters but they’ve grown more receptive as the landscape changed for the film industry due to the emergence of streaming options.
The COVID-19 pandemic made matters worse after theaters already struggled to fill seats in the age of high-definition televisions at home.

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