SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Packing into a theater to see the latest big screen flick is a teenage rite of passage. Plenty of popcorn and soda is at the service counter but there's also something strictly for adults: alcohol. For some, though, the combination of liquor and kids in such a close proximity is too much.
"We think it just sends the wrong message," said Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Darrell Moore.
Moore, along with other concerned citizens, gathered signatures and submitted a petition to the City of Springfield to put a measure on the ballot to stop alcohol from being sold inside family-oriented theaters. Moore believes, when the movie starts and the lights dim, it's too easy for alcohol to end up in the hands of minors.
"Movie theaters right now can't even control cell phone use or the yakking and, yet, they're telling us that in a darkened theater they can control alcohol being passed to minors. That's ridiculous," said Moore.
Wehrenberg Theater management disagrees. In an interview in 2009 with KY3 News, they said employees keep a watchful eye on what's going on when the theater darkens.