Regal theaters will limit customers to three drinks each

Moviegoers at four Portland-area Regal Cinemas — two in Tigard — will now be able to have a beer or wine with their films.

On Monday, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued liquor licenses to the Bridgeport Plaza 18, Tigard 11 Cinemas, Pioneer Place Stadium 8 and the Lloyd Center 10 Cinemas. All are part of the Regal Cinemas group in Knoxville, Tenn.

All of the theaters will abide by a 17-point alcohol control plan written by John A. Curry, Regal Cinemas senior vice president of food services. The plan limits theater customers older than 21 to three drinks — 16-ounce beers and 8-ounce glasses of wine in clear plastic cups — one at a time. Customers must get wristbands to buy alcohol. The wristband, which will be color-coded and rotated daily, will have two crown emblems on it, which will be marked off with each alcohol purchase.

Cinema staff will monitor individual theaters every 45 minutes to avoid alcohol-related problems.

Christie Scott, OLCC public affairs specialist, said no public comments were received during the theater license application process.

The Regal Cinemas theaters join a list of more than a dozen Portland-area movie houses that serve alcohol, including about a half-dozen owned by craft brewing pioneers Mike and Brian McMenamin.

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