Written by Mark Hicken Mark Hicken
Category: Latest News Latest News
Published: 17 February 2012 17 February 2012

Here is the exact text of the changes to the BC Liquor Control & Licensing Regulation which affect liquor sales in theatres and the showing of movies:

... section 8 of the Liquor Control and Licensing Regulation, B.C. Reg. 244/2002, is amended 

(a) by repealing subsection (2) (b) and substituting the following:

(b) subjection to subsection (2.1), a theatre as defined in the Motion Picture Act, and

(b) by adding the following subsections:

(2.1) A licensee may show films, subject to the Motion Picture Act, or broadcasts in an establishment that is a live event theatre if the film or broadcast is not shown during the hours of liquor service of the establishment.

(5) In this section, "live event theatre" means a theatre in which the events are primarily presented by individuals who are physically present at the event, and include an individual performer or presenter, a band or orchestra, a theatre, comedy or variety show company or a dance troupe.

A few notes on the effects of these amendments:

More analysis and commentary is in this updated article.