Harper Theater begins selling alcohol

Taps at the Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., signal new alcohol service at the movie theater. -Spencer Bibbs

Taps at the Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., signal new alcohol service at the movie theater.

-Spencer Bibbs

 

By JESSICA KIM COHEN
Herald Intern

Harper Theater, 5238 S. Harper Ave., began selling alcohol two weeks ago, after receiving their liquor license.

The theater has been working to obtain a liquor license since it opened a year and a half ago. Now equipped with beer on tap, vodka, whiskey and wine, Harper Theater advertises a full bar, comprising half of their menu.

The New 400, a theater Tony Fox, owner of Harper Theater, owns in Rogers Park, already sells liquor.

Harper Theater’s General Manager Bella Tronou said the process was lengthened by the theater’s location, next door to the United Church of Hyde Park, 1448 E. 53rd St.

“It was harder for us, because we’re near a church,” Tronou said. “They wrote us a letter to help us get approved, so they were pretty helpful.”

Tronou believes there is a market for alcohol, given the various ages that the theater serves. She estimates liquor sales will account for 30 percent of the theater’s revenue.

“Everyone comes in here. We’re by the University [of Chicago], so everyone,” Tronou said. “And it will depend on the movie, because different movies attract different attentions.”

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