Kean Bill to Allow Alcohol Sales in Small Theaters Advances
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean’s legislation to support the arts by permitting small theaters to sell alcohol has advanced in the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
“Small, local theaters give back to our towns and cities in immeasurable ways, boosting both social and cultural capital, and enriching our community’s character,” said Kean (R-21). “Allowing community theaters the opportunity to serve alcohol will bolster attendance and improve the economic viability of the arts throughout the Garden State. What better way to enhance the night-out experience than by sipping a cold drink while watching a new show?”
Kean’s bipartisan legislation, S-1648, would permit non-profit theaters with 50 seats or more to apply for liquor licenses.
Currently, only non-profit theaters with more than 1,000 seats are eligible to apply for a liquor license.
Kean, a longtime supporter of the arts, is a member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He has been named a Distinguished Arts Advocate by ArtPride NJ.
“Supporting the arts, particularly small non-profits, will strengthen every aspect of New Jersey’s vibrant arts community,” added Kean. “This legislation will help venues serve patrons a memorable ‘night at the theater’ experience that will help the arts and the local economy flourish.”