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New Yorkers might soon be boozing at major movie chains

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Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo

With any luck for thirsty movie-goers, Nitehawk Cinema soon won't be the only theater in the city pouring beer, wine and cocktails. Thanks to the same lawyer who broke through liquor-licensing logistics for the Williamsburg theater, two more cinemas now have booze licenses on the horizon.

Back in 2011, Nitehawk became the first theater in the city to receive a liquor license after lawyer David Pfeffer won over state legislature, deeming theaters as restaurants and breaking out of a decades-old New York State moratorium barring movie houses from serving booze. But drinks-slinging requires both a substantial food menu and official tables at cinema seats. While the more modestly sized Nitehawk is able to serve full dinner options to cafe-style tables between chairs, the two large-scale theater chains Pfeffer is working with now—which are yet to be named and own a dozen locations each—are hoping that snackable dishes like mac and cheese and fold-out table trays similar to those on airplanes and trains will meet the standard.

And let's not forget about the long-awaited Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, the tippling Texan theater slated to open with a 900-seat complex called City Point in downtown Brooklyn. We'll all be getting drunk and stuffing our faces with massive amounts of popcorn in no time.

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