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Forest Drive movie house awaiting decision on beer, wine license

Jesse Williams, 11, keeps himself entertained in line at Wynnsong Cinemas.
Jesse Williams, 11, keeps himself entertained in line at Wynnsong Cinemas.

The Carmike Wynnsong 10 Cinema along Forest Drive has applied for a state permit to sell beer and wine at its theater and all that stands between it and the beginning of sales is public outcry.

The movie theater applied for the permit on April 24, according to the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s Alcoholic Beverage Licensing division. Any public objections must be made to the department in writing by May 13.

Besides a completed application, the theater must pass a State Law Enforcement Division inspection, Revenue Department spokeswoman Bonnie Swingle said Tuesday. If no public protests are lodged and the theater meets other requirements, the permit would be granted.

“As an example, some people might protest because it’s too close to a school or too close to a church, or something like that,” Swingle said. Protests would force the application to an Administrative Law Court judge.

The Columbia Wynnsong is a limited partnership and part of the Carmike Cinemas national theater chain headquartered in Columbus, Ga. Carmike Cinemas declined a telephone interview request and did not respond to written questions about its plans to serve beer and wine at Wynnsong or at other theaters operated by the company.

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