The Arlington Theaters hope to open with a new format. They will serve food and alcohol. Arlington Heights will welcome the revenue and merchant neighbors will be pleased with the additional walk-in traffic.
The company expects to reduce theater seating to accommodate patron space for tables and servers. The revenue from food and alcohol will more than make up for the lower number of ticket fees.
The clientele for such a theater will be very different from what we see in theaters without food and alcohol. If we go to a theater to enjoy a show or play in peace and quiet we do not to to a place where food and alcohol is served.
The serving of food and drink, the food odors, consumption of food and the conversations will all disturb other patrons.
My experiences in other parts of the country where food and drinks were served (with or without alcohol) in a theater during a show were disturbing.
If you think cellphone users in theaters are disturbing wait until you experience those with food and alcohol.
Think about it.
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