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Moed effort to help non-profit theaters in Indianapolis heads to governor’s desk

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INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation co-sponsored by Representative Justin Moed (D-Indianapolis) that will provide financial relief to non-profit theaters in the downtown Indianapolis area is headed to Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk to be signed into law.

Senate Bill 179 creates a discounted permit fee to serve alcoholic beverages at non-profit venues with a minimum of 200 permanent seats. Among those intended to be helped by the provision are the Hilbert Circle Theatre, the Madame Walker Theatre Center, and the Phoenix Theatre, all located in the 97th House District that Moed represents.

Under Senate Bill 179, non-profit venues will no longer be required to acquire what can often be a costly restaurant license in order to sell alcohol. Instead, the venues will be able to get a license to sell only beer or only wine for $500, beer and wine for $750, and beer, wine, and liquor for $1,000.

“This bill will provide some financial relief to these important and historic theaters in our community,” Moed said. “They provide a valuable service promoting art and culture for residents in Indianapolis, and I believe we should find ways to support their continued success.”

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