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Rio Theatre owner wins liquor licence fight 0

JOSEPH SAPIENZA, 24 HOURS
Corinne Lea of the Rio Theatre on East Broadway now has a liquor licence for the movie house, allowing her to serve alcohol with celluloid. (FILE PHOTO)

Corinne Lea of the Rio Theatre on East Broadway now has a liquor licence for the movie house, allowing her to serve alcohol with celluloid. (FILE PHOTO)

Live music, comedies, films and televised sporting events are on the agenda for the Rio Theatre after it was finally granted a liquor licence this week.

Owner/operator Corinne Lea was "absolutely thrilled" to discover an application to change the licence had been approved by the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.

The timing couldn't have been better, as she had booked the "ultimate beer double bill movie" Thursday night with the hoser classic Strange Brew and legendary hockey movie Slap Shot.

"It's an outdated law," she said. "We've been able to drink at live sporting events, so it just makes sense that we can do it at the movies. Our B.C. liquor laws have been modernized and that, I think, makes everybody feel good."

She added the "multimedia venue" is planning to show Euro 2012 soccer matches next month.


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