By Gus Saltonstall
The Metro Theater’s liquor license moved closer toward approval last week, when it received a Conditional Approval letter from the New York State Liquor Authority.
The theater, on West 100th Street and Broadway, is in the process of reopening as an “upscale Alamo Drafthouse dine-in movie theater,” which first applied for a two-year liquor license in September 2022. The application received a favorable recommendation from Community Board 7 at the time, but the State Liquor Authority’s approval process has dragged along in the months since.
On September 13, though, the theater’s application went from “Pending,” to “Conditional Letter of Approval Issued.” The status means Metro Theater’s liquor license will be approved as long as one or more of the conditions handed down by the State Liquor Authority over the next six months are satisfied. The state agency can rethink its approval if these conditions aren’t met within the time frame.
The change in liquor license status is a positive sign for the long-awaited reopening of the historic Upper West Side theater, which has been closed since 2005.
(Thanks to Matt L. for the tip!)
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Update: 9/14, 2 p.m.: The New York State Liquor Authority provided the West Side Rag with the conditional letter of approval it issued the Metro Theater. Among the conditions the theater must meet before it opens, include a business phone number, a lease amendment to add a commencement date, and interior photos showing the business ready to open and operate with a customer bar, theaters, a kitchen, mezzanine lounge, interior access to the second floor, and alcohol storage.