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Kalamazoo Commissioners put alcohol license for Alamo Drafthouse on a fast track

This is a rendering of the new theater provided by the Texas based chain.
This is a rendering of the new theater provided by the Texas based chain.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners have endorsed giving a liquor license to the new Alamo Drafthouse Theatre complex, but it stirred up a little controversy.

The proposal came to the City Commission after lawyers for the project said they needed it in a hurry as they pursue financing and other permits. It was added to the agenda as new business, and Vice Mayor Hannah McKinney was disappointed the public had no idea it was coming ahead of time. But the rest of the commission had no such qualms.

The Alamo Drafthouse group plans to sell drinks and meals along with movie tickets at a revamped Rave theatre complex. They plan to spend over half a million remodeling the place and employ 140 people.

The city can only indicate they don't object to the alcohol license.  Final approval comes from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.