Monday, Jan 23, 2017 

Women's News

She Did it Her Way

Lea set precedents BC with the Rio Theatre

Corrine Lea/Submitted photos/Wiki


The interior of the Rio Theatre (2011). Wikipedia photo.


oday is the fourth anniversary of the day that Corinne Lea, owner of Vancouver's Rio Theatre, received a Governor General's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her hard-fought battle in 2012 to change BC's liquor laws. By coincidence, today is also the day that more LCLB changes come into affect as the province modernizes BC's liquor laws.


This amendment in particular will benefit theatres, allowing venues like The Rio to now serve alcohol at all-ages live events: Theatres to permit customers to consume liquor purchased on-site in both the lobby and licensed seating areas when minors are present, similar to arenas and stadiums.

One of the protests organized to support Lea's repeated requests to amend the province's liquor laws.

The Rio Theatre is a multi-media venue, so that means it still has existing restrictions limiting alcohol service to adults only during film screenings and live broadcasts, but this is a welcome change for live events. This change will help promoters to book more live shows, without all ages restrictions, plus it will give youth more options to enjoy live entertainment.

What a perfect way to mark the anniversary, when the initial fight was won! Corinne Lea and The Rio Theatre are pleased to see the LCLB making an effort to modernize our current liquor laws and remove existing red tape.

"Thanks to all the community support, not only did The Rio Theatre, one of the last indie theatres left in Vancouver survive, but other theatres and arts and culture venues and events also benefited," said Lea,

We hope the LCLB continues to adjust any laws that are too restrictive for BC arts and culture businesses and events to thrive.

MLA Jenny Kwan (seond left) and Corrine Lea (second right) receiving the Jubilee Award.

About Corrine Lea
She was awarded the Governor General's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her very public battle with the LCLB from January to April 2012, resulting in a province wide change to the BC liquor law that had prevented movie theatres from having a liquor license, and in The Rio's case, banned movies at their venue, after it received a liquor license.


Read more about her fight here.





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