Michelle Millhollon / The New Orleans Advocate
Ice-cold beer and buttery popcorn? They're already on the menu at AMC theaters in Harvey, Metairie, Harahan, Houma and Hammond, as well as Celebrity Theatres in Broussard.
Senate Bill 654 would allow other commercial film theaters across the state to stock alcoholic beverages. The bill squeaked out of the Louisiana House with exactly the number of votes it needed. Now it's before Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is under pressure to veto it.
On the governor's desk are letters from legislators and a vocal church congregation. They all ask Jindal to stop the bill from becoming state law.
'Other legislators argued that alcohol in movie theatres is a growing trend, and ... passing this bill was supporting business growth opportunities. However I believe allowing alcohol permits within movie theatres disregards family values and encourages underage drinking and driving in lieu of financial gain,' state Rep. Valarie Hodges wrote Jindal earlier this month. Hodges, R-Denham Springs, urged the governor to use his veto power.
State Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, raised a different issue in his letter to the governor.
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