Booze at the Movies? Not for Me!

My good friend Roland Lazenby just posted on Facebook about three drunk women, availing themselves of the new wine/beer service at the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke this past weekend, and it wasn’t pretty.

Apparently the women arrived tipsy and supplemented it with the Grandin’s new policy of serving booze, which I heartily disagree with. I’m already on the verge of giving up movies at the theater because they are so damn expensive and all too often I run into people who don’t respect the rest of us: talking, surfing the web on their cells, getting up and down constantly. The booze puts me over the top on the Grandin (for now anyway).

I was on the board of directors that brought the Grandin back from the dead early this century and have enjoyed movies there for decades, but movie-going–especially when I have great alternatives at home–is becoming more and more difficult to justify.

And, frankly, I’m not in the mood to make every entertainment option we have dependent on how much beer or wine is available. Roland’s string included a comment from newspaper reporter Tonia Moxley who noted that the Kroger in Blacksburg now has a bar.

We are becoming a craft beer-centered community where dang near everything revolves around how much beer we can drink. I’m a recovering alcoholic, so I can’t drink any, but there’s more to it than that. I hate that we are creating yet another generation dependent upon an altered mental state before it can have a good time.



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