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Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below. Login|Signup San Anselmo wary of tipsy moviegoers – Marinscope Community Newspapers : News 63° Clear HomeOur Papers Community LinksLocal NewsPolice LogOpinion Sports Lifestyles & EntertainmentRestaurant GuideObituaries HomeCovering Fairfax, San Anselmo, Ross & KentfieldNews San Anselmo wary of tipsy moviegoers Council opposes Fairfax theatre’s plan to serve liquor at movies Story Comments Print Create a hardcopy of this page Font Size: Default font size Larger font size COURTESY PHOTO San Anselmo wary of tipsy moviegoers Controversy brewing: People are feuding over liquor being served in theater. Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 12:30 pm | Updated: 12:31 pm, Wed Jul 1, 2015. By Chris Rooney Marinscope contributor | 0 comments The idea of serving liquor at Fairfax Theatre 6 has opponents, the most recent being the town of San Anselmo — or at least the majority of its town council. After a 3-2 vote, the San Anselmo Town Council moved forward with an official protest to the Alcoholic Beverage Control bureau regarding the theater owner’s desire to sell beer and wine. There were immediate accusations of meddling. Fairfax Mayor Barbara Coler dispatched a letter to San Anselmo Mayor John Wright even before the issue came before the council. “I understand that the San Anselmo Town Council has an item on your agenda re: the Fairfax Theatre’s ABC license request,” wrote Coler. “I have significant concerns that SA would potentially interfere with a business that is not within your Town limits. As sister agencies, I would expect that each Town should consider issues rightly within our respective jurisdictions, rather than encroaching on an adjacent Town’s decisionmaking [sic].” Coler also noted that underage drinking is a concern and applauded San Anselmo’s efforts to thwart it. She added that the Fairfax officials opted to take no action when the theater’s plans were discussed during a 90-minute June 17 meeting. Wright was one of two who dissented, the other being Ford Greene. “My position was that San Anselmo should mind its own business and that not to do so constituted officious intermeddling,” Greene wrote in an email to the Ross Valley Reporter. Before voting, the San Anselmo Town Council sought out information from Todd Cusimano, chief of the Central Marin Police Authority. “Some members of the San Anselmo Town Council became concerned about the potential of the Fairfax Theater selling alcohol, as they have a large number of residents — both adults and youth — who attend the theater,” Cusimano said. “The Town Council asked Central Marin Police Authority to provide a list of discussion points regarding potential issues with the sale of alcohol within a movie theater.” “We provided the following information to the council: The Fairfax 6 Cinema shows many movies that are attractive to children, minors and adults under 21 years old. The theater is frequented by unsupervised youth from the Town of San Anselmo. Dim theater lighting, poor visibility, and crowdedness make alcohol monitoring ineffective. It also allows patrons to share alcohol with youth. One possibility to address this is to segregate movies so that some movies are only for patrons who are 21 or older. There is an over concentration of alcohol licenses in the immediate area, with approximately 33 licenses already distributed to the small downtown area (encompassing less than one square mile). The majority of the crimes that occur in this area are related to alcohol thefts and narcotic activities. San Anselmo borders this area. The Fairfax and San Anselmo communities have recognized underage drinking to be a serious issue and have formed the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative. Many sectors of both communities form this collaborative and are working to reduce the significant problem of underage drinking and to change social norms. I am proud that the Central Marin Police Authority represents one of these sectors.” Cusimano said the ABC would now review the objection — and others — and determine any possible next steps. “Additionally, the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative is perfectly situated to work with the owner of the Fairfax 6 Cinema to find a successful solution for both the theater and the community,” he said. It has been reported that the theater owner wants the liquor license to boost his business and has plans to improve seating and food selection. Contact Chris Rooney at scope@marinscope.com. 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