City council gives Cineplex green light to serve alcohol at St. John's theatre

Cineplex Entertainment got the go-ahead Monday night to serve beer and wine at its Scotiabank Theatre at the Avalon Mall in St. John's.

St. John's city council voted 9-2 in favour of letting Cineplex apply a liquor licence from the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, with the catch that the theatre can only sell beer and wine, no spirits. Coun. Wally Collins and Deputy Mayor Sheilagh O'Leary voted against the motion.

Cineplex applied for a discretionary-use designation in St. John's, which would permit the business to operate as a lounge in the current theatre space. The company has 165 locations across Canada, 88 of which are licensed to serve alcohol.

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At least two letters from people against the idea were sent to the City of St. John's and attached to Monday's agenda for consideration by council. The vote had already been deferred by council once before. 

The vote follows Mount Pearl approving Cineplex's plan to apply for a recreational facility liquor licence in November for its Mount Pearl Square location on Topsail Road. 

Both licence applications from Cineplex will still have to go through the NLC's review process before any drinks are served.

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