Alcohol may soon be allowed in more New Jersey theaters after a bill permitting the sale cleared the Assembly 73-0-0.
Nonprofit organizations that regularly host theatrical or musical productions could apply for a license permitting them to sell alcohol during shows in 50-plus seat theaters, if the bill is signed into law.
Assembly Bill 1478 is sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, D-33rd District. Alcohol would only be permitted if admission was charged and if the venue was primarily used for said performances, per the bill. The bill would revise existing state law by decreasing the seating requirement for these licenses. Currently, only theaters that seat 1,000 or more are allowed to apply for this type of liquor license.
“Permitting smaller entertainment venues to serve alcohol during productions would help them compete with larger theaters. Increased attendance at these performances would also likely improve patronage at nearby businesses,” said Chaparro in a statement. “This legislation is a great way to promote the arts throughout the state and support the nonprofit organizations that bring these concerts, musicals and plays to the people of New Jersey.”
The bill now goes to the Senate for further consideration.