Sandwich City Hall 050622.jpg photo by Mark Harrington.

Beer, wine, and mixed drinks may refresh moviegoers at the local movie theater in Sandwich.

Chris Johnson, the owner of the theater on Route 34, said the canned drinks would not be served at a bar.  

But Sandwich Mayor Todd Latham was first to comment about the proposal.

Alderperson Karsta Erickson inquired about how the theater would stop those 21 years and above from passing a drink to an underage person in a darkened environment. This is Johnson’s reply.

Options discussed by the council were to limit it to the last movie showing, conducting one movie for over age 21, and a designated seating area. 

Alderman Fred Kreinbrink had this question.

Johnson blamed the COVID pandemic and now after two years, the industry is fighting for customers. This is the second attempt in recent years by the movie theater for permission to sell alcohol. 

The city of Sandwich may create a new liquor license for the theater.  In a vote to move the proposal to the agenda, the council voted five to one, with Cara Killey disagreeing. 

Another topic centered on allowing businesses to offer free alcohol samples for promotional reasons after a citizen complaint. Three unnamed downtown non-liquor businesses were cited as providing the event, which is not written in the city ordinances. One consideration was for the city to regulate the activity. No action was taken. 

Finally, three community solar developers are looking at property in Sandwich at Center Street east of Gletty that is city property, and two private properties: Center Street west of Gletty and near the corner of Pratt and Somonauk roads. 

Mayor Latham says he will ask the companies for a best and final proposal, each using the same criteria for equal comparison. 

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