BC’s Archaic Liquor Laws Claim Another Casualty

Last modified on July 23rd, 2013

I was reading about the Rio Theatre and their liquor license issues over at http://www.miss604.com. To summarize, the Rio theatre applied, and was granted, a liquor license for their movie theatre. Their intention was to have limited showings of movies where alcohol could be served to adults. The BC Liquor Control Board has now placed a restriction on the license which essentially means they can’t use it to that effect anymore (not without cancelling regular movie screenings).

Many people know that I spent eight months of this last year traveling around the world. Without a doubt, BC (and Canada in general, if you exclude Quebec) has some of the most archaic and ridiculous liquor laws in the entire world. Here are a just a few examples from my travels of just how backwards we are in many regards:

  • Movie theatres in Austin, Texas (and I imagine other parts of the US) can serve beer to patrons
  • In Thailand you can walk into a 7-11, buy a beer, and have the cashier open it for you (assuming you are just walking and not driving)
  • Movie theatres in New Zealand also have beer available to people watching movies. They’ll even bring it to you in the theatre after you order it
  • You can buy liquor from normal convenience stores in Argentina, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States, and Uruguay. I suspect in many other countries too, but I haven’t been to them yet. In addition the beer you buy is drastically cheaper than you’d pay in Canada, thanks to the heavy taxes we are charged.

I fully support the Rio theatre’s efforts to obtain a liquor license valid for shows. Given that a typical movie is two hours long and most people I’ve seen at movies drinking beer only have one, it doesn’t really seem like a huge issue to me.

If you think so too, make sure you head on over to the Rio’s Facebook page and lend some support.

One response to “BC’s Archaic Liquor Laws Claim Another Casualty”

  1. TV Spoilers says:

    I think this is good and bad. It adds extra revenue for the theater surely, and provides more luxury to the place its great. However, the vast majority of teens that go to a movie is what draws a tad bit of red flags.

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