Wash. approves alcohol at theaters, markets

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a handful of Washington state measures making it easier for certain businesses to serve alcohol.

Two of the bills signed Tuesday create licenses that permit small theaters to sell wine and beer — or beer, wine and hard liquor — to patrons 21 and over. The theater bills are House Bill 1001 and Senate Bill 5607.

Staff at small theaters, such as the independent Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver, have said the change would bring a big boost to their business.

“There’s rarely a day that goes by that customers don’t ask for it,” theatre owner Dan Wyatt told The Columbian.

Another measure allows businesses that sell hard liquor to offer on-site samples of one-half ounce or less. The on-premise spirits sampling bill is Senate Bill 5396.

Also Tuesday, Inslee signed a bill allowing farmers markets to apply for an endorsement to allow sampling of wine, beer, or both. The farmers market sampling bill is Senate Bill 5674.

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