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Beer And Wine To Be Sold At Cabot Movie Theater; People Share Their Thoughts

The Alcohol Beverage Control Board Approved The Permit

CABOT, Ark.-People in Cabot can now have some beer or with their popcorn and M&M's at the Silver Screen Theater.

On Wednesday, the Alcohol Beverage Control board approved their permit.

Some people like the thought of going to the movies and enjoying a glass of wine or cold beer. But others said a movie theater is not the place to serve and drink alcohol.

"I drink beer, but I don't come to the movies to drink beer. I come to the movies to watch a movie, so it really doesn't matter to me," Brian Bowman said.

Some people like it.

"Well it's just nice and relaxing to come in and watch a good movie and have a glass of wine," Carol said.

Others don't like it.

"I don't want to be sitting in a show that I'm trying to enjoy with someone that is being a little obnoxious,"Marsha Roe said.

In July, the theater applied for a permit and it was denied by the ABC Director based on public opposition.

The theater appealed the decision and a hearing took place on Wednesday. The board heard from both sides and voted to approve the permit.

"I take my grandkids here and I don't want alcohol served here I think the Cabot city council missed this one," Dough Hatcher said.

Dough Hatcher lives in Lonoke County and has already started a petition to get the issue on the ballot.

"I want the people to vote on this issue," Hatcher said.

With or without a vote, people will continue to debate whether this is an idea that will help the city.

"We just want to make Cabot the same kind of an environment where people will come from outside and spend some time and their money here in Cabot," John Spillane said.

"I don't think bringing more alcohol to the City of Cabot is commerce," Hatcher said.

Hatcher said when he gets the signatures he needs, the referendum will go to the city clerk.

The Lonoke Court will decide on a special election.

The ABC board said once they pick up their permit they can start selling.

The owner released a statement on the permit,

I appreciate Alcohol Beverage Control for approving the permit for the Cabot 8 VIP Cinema.Many of the customers at my Cabot location have asked for years that I provide adult beverages there, like I do at the Riverdale 10 VIP Cinema in Little Rock, and the Hot Springs 8 VIP Cinema in Hot Springs.I am very happy to be able to provide this service and amenity to the loyal Cabot customers, as they have requested.

Thank you

Matt Smith
Theater Group Inc.


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