South Beach Movie Theaters Can Now Legally Sell Booze

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In a world where booze is legal at the movies, one theater could change audiences' film-watching experience forever.

That's right, film buffs. Soon, South Beach moviegoers might not need a flask to get drunk at the theater. Miami Beach commissioners approved a measure Wednesday to allow some movie theaters to sell alcohol.

The measure applies to theaters with at least 300 permanent seats and measuring at least 15,000 square feet, such as Regal South Beach Stadium 18 on the corner of Lincoln and Alton roads.

Booze-shilling theaters must also be located in a designated "commercial high-intensity district." Theaters must also establish protocol for keeping minors away from drinkers, including separate areas where the alcohol is served.

It's unclear if any Miami Beach theaters other than Regal meet the standards of the ordinance. The Miami Beach Cinematheque, the Beach's independent cinema, could stand to benefit but might not qualify because of its size.

Regal Cinemas has not yet made a statement about what the new ordinance means for its South Beach location. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But it's probably only a matter of time before the Lincoln Road theater joins the ranks of CineBistro and CocoWalk's Paragon Grove as "brew-and-view" theaters in Miami. Which is a good thing if you've been meaning to retire that flask, a bad thing if you hate rowdy people in movie theaters, and not really much of a thing at all if you can't afford movie snacks to begin with. When a plain old Diet Coke costs $7, just imagine what they'll charge to put a little rum in it.

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Regal South Beach Stadium 18

1120 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL

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28 comments
JoJo Sunshine
JoJo Sunshine

amen!! Mama would have loved this! Lindy Miller Ben Miller Jay Thomas Jessica Johnson

Eddy Earthtone Blak
Eddy Earthtone Blak

"....... you can go into a movie theater in Holland and get a glass of beer, and I'm not talking about no little paper cup I'm talking about a GLASS IF BEER." - Vincent Vega

Teresa Neira
Teresa Neira

Debbie & Erick Remember going there plastered to watch movies? Good times

Brian Rojas
Brian Rojas

I was there last week craving a beer. Great news.

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Awesome. Doobies are next. Then maybe I'll be allowed to smoke a good old Marlboro too.

Alexander Peet
Alexander Peet

Hasn't Paragon in Coconut Grove been doing that since it opened?

DrumRollPlease
DrumRollPlease

Commercial high-intensity district is a block away from a residential neighborhood.  Nice try city, you are exposed as a bunch of idiots once again. 

Melanie Riley
Melanie Riley

Alex Congrains yay! New spot to watch movies lol

Ismael Antonio Sanabria
Ismael Antonio Sanabria

Nothing new. The AMC in downtown Disney has liquor. Ahhhhh drinking jack watching x men. Lmfaooooo

Philip Slama
Philip Slama

Bro we got these up in Tallahassee already. Had a bar in the theatre for about three months now!

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