Let me tell you, there’s nothing better than catching a flick on a Saturday night and kicking back with a nice cold one… in the privacy of your own home, of course. To be honest I generally don’t drink cold ones at all, but I can certainly understand how people would enjoy such a thing. After all, certain movies can only truly be appreciated while under the influence of alcohol. But is there really a place for alcoholic beverages at a public movie theatre?
It was announced this week that two Cineplex Odeon theatres in Toronto are going to start selling booze to customers and also allow them to bring it into their screenings. This was made possible because of a new law that was passed on October 23rd making it legal to drink in a theatre in Canada. If the venture is successful, we can only assume that other theatres will follow suit. Now I know there are already a few specialty theatres out there that allow this kind thing (ie. the Alamo Drafthouse), but usually these theatres have some sort of age restriction as well. Certainly there are plenty of people who would drink responsibly in this situation, and according to the law, I think there must also be a separate seating area for the people who want to drink. That said, it is a little weird to think that you could go see Bolt with your kids and have some guy downing a couple beers on the other side of the theatre. Do we really want our movie theatres to become like sports arenas? Would you like to have the option of drinking alcohol while watching a movie? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.