NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Matthew Viragh always loved going to movie theaters that served food and alcoholic drinks in other states.
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“I noticed that there wasn’t anything like that here. I wondered why, did a little digging, and found the law,” he told WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman.
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A law had been around since prohibition in New York that allowed theaters to serve alcohol, but not movie theaters.
“It was an old law,” he told Silverman. So Viragh called a lawyer friend of his who knew a lobbyist.
“I think it was the right time in a lot of respects, economically,” Viragh said.
The Legislature must have also thought a change would be good for businesses, because last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation repealing the law.
“It’s a response, I think, to how easy it is that consumers access movies now, movie theaters need to do something different,” Viragh said.
“I’m really just happy as a fan of the movie going experience, that we’re actually going to be able to enjoy an adult beverage and great food,” he added.
Now you can order alcohol at Viragh’s Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg and perhaps soon at your local theater.
The Nitehawk is at 136 Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn. CLICK HERE for more information.
By the way, it was already legal to serve alcohol in movie theaters in both New Jersey and Connecticut.
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