“OC Teen Leads Crusade to Ban Drinking at Cinema” From Aliso Viejo, CA.

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on January 18, 2015 at 7:16 am


A teenager is leading a crusade to prevent alcohol from being served at an Orange County cinema.

Warren Davis of Aliso Viejo has started a petition with his friends, and they have already obtained 786 signatures in their bid to stop drink being served at the Edwards Theater in their hometown.

The 16-year-old said he would not be comfortable attending the venue if the company’s drive to obtain a drinking license is successful.

“I felt that I wasn’t going to be comfortable in a dark theater with a man drinking alcohol next to me, Davis said, "So I decided to inform my friends about it and they felt the same way.”

Read the entire article online at nbclosangeles.com

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Comments (13)

Trolleyguy on January 18, 2015 at 9:13 am

I admire his determination. It’s bad enough dealing with unruly patrons with their smart phones without adding alcohol to the mix.

KennyCagle on January 20, 2015 at 1:03 pm

From what I’ve seen, most cinemas that sell alcohol in certain auditoriums are “21 and up” so he wouldn’t be subjected to being “in a dark theatre with a man drinking alcohol next to him.” I wonder if he would be OK with a woman sitting next to him drinking?

Mikeoaklandpark on January 23, 2015 at 8:23 am

He has an excellent point. The theaters here in Asheville NC don’t have any restrictions on what theaters beer and wine are taken into.

MPol on January 23, 2015 at 8:44 am

The various movie theatres here in the Boston, MA area now serve beer and wine (but no hard liquor, i. e. whiskey, to my knowledge.), and so far, there’s been no disastrous results. They do have a policy, however, of not allowing people to bring alcoholic beverages outside the theatre, or they will be subject to arrest and permanent banning from the movie theatre(s).

YauponSurfer on February 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

spilled beer stinks.

MPol on March 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

It’s true that spilled beer does stink, but maybe movie theatres who do serve alcoholic beverages should also implement a mandatory “clean up after oneself” policy for patrons who do spill their beer or whatever.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm

They’ll undoubtedly overcharge for the drinks, but if having a drink keeps teenagers from sitting next to me in a theater it might be worth it.

MPol on March 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

One way for theatre proprietor(s) to prevent teenagers from drinking in movie theatres is to implement an extremely strict “We do not serve alcoholic drinks to minors (i. e. people under 21 years of age) policy and get tough on adults in the audience who do share/serve drinks to minors.

JohnTate90210 on March 13, 2015 at 12:22 pm

People are already too rude in theaters. The constant glare of smart phones makes me wonder why some are even there since they spend move time looking at their little screen than the big one. Then there’s the talking and seat kicking. Constant coming and going for this and that. Adding alcohol isn’t going to improve things. Heck, just look how obnoxious drunks become at concerts!

MPol on July 21, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Maybe more movie theatre staff people should follow the example of Alamo Draft House and kick chronic troublemakers out of their theatres, with no refund. Alamo Draft House, imho, has the right idea!

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