Movie theater’s liquor license denied due to prosecutor’s objection; Malco set to appeal

The denial from ABC is customary when a sheriff, police chief, or prosecutor officially object to the board.

Movie theater’s liquor license denied due to prosecutor’s objection; Malco set to appeal

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Malco's plan to serve alcohol at their Parker Road location has been denied by the Alcohol and Beverage Control Board.

The ABC denied the request after 2nd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington sent a letter objecting to the request.

The ABC told Region 8 News that they, "received 19 letters from citizens with concerns regarding the permit along with a document listing 60 signatures from citizens in opposition. The Arkansas Family Coalition provided a letter of opposition while a local church did the same," according to Scott Hardin ABC Spokesperson.

Hardin said Malco has already appealed the decision, and that hearing should be held either in December or at January's meeting.

The denial from ABC is customary when a sheriff, police chief, or prosecutor officially object to the board.

A Poplar Bluff woman, who visits Jonesboro often calls the decision silly and that the prosecutor should give the alcohol license a try.

“If you run into the same thing when they (minors) go to a restaurant, you can still have minors being in the presence of alcohol.; same thing at a gas station or grocery store," says Angela Daggett.

“I say give a shot, you never know. It can be lucrative for them, it could bring in more money than you expect. Until something happens then you can say, "Hey, that didn’t work.”

Ellington sent the following letter to the ABC board in objection to Malco’s request.

Dear Director Chandler:
Scott Ellington 2nd Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney

In September, Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin provided the passing vote to approve the liquor license to the ABC board. The Mayor rarely votes, but it required 7 votes from the council to pass, but only 6 out of 11 members voted for the permit.

Almost 20 days after that controversial vote, the Malco applied for the license with the ABC board.

The Malco Hollywood Theatre may also run into the same problems with their new theatre in Greensboro Village, which has also been advertised to serve alcohol. No requests have been filed on its behalf since the building remains under construction.

Region 8 News has reached out to representatives with Malco and will provide their response as soon as it’s available.

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