Kenyatta amendment would help small movie theaters boost business

HARRISBURG, Sept. 25 – State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., announced today that the House voted unanimously to add language from his H.B. 1576 into H.B. 1589, which was introduced by state Rep. Steve Samuelson. 

Kenyatta’s bill would allow theaters that primarily screen independent films, classic films, and second-run films to get a performing arts facility liquor license if they have between 100 and 350 seats. 

“Small businesses across the state help spur economic development in their communities, so it’s important for us to encourage them through inclusive bills that promote job growth, Kenyatta said. “I am glad that my legislation has the chance to level the playing field for small business owners in Philadelphia and beyond.” 

Samuelson’s bill would allow performing arts facilities to serve alcohol prior to 1 p.m. on Sundays. Under his legislation, businesses could move operating hours to as early as 10 a.m. 

“Under the current structure, 95 active and pending licensees could be affected by this change,” Kenyatta said. “My hope is to extend those benefits to even more Pennsylvania businessowners.” 

House Bill 1589 continues to advance in the PA House of Representatives.