By CHRISTIAN MONTERROSA | Reporter
After delays in construction, and a small wave of community opposition, the Bay Theatre by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas has the finish line in sight with an expected opening of early November, according to a spokesperson for the theater.
When a group of Palisadian residents who live close to the project filed protest letters to the Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control, the theater’s liquor license was delayed, pending an agreement between parties or a judicial hearing.
Since then, Cinépolis has been granted an interim retail permit that will allow them to serve alcohol while the dispute is resolved. The temporary permit, granted on Oct. 18, will be valid for four months, unless they are given their permanent status beforehand.
“The theater is anticipated to open in early November,” said a spokesperson for Cinépolis, directly negating rumors of an October opening. An exact date is expected to be announced before the end of the month.
The interim type-47 license will allow Bay Theatre to serve “beer, wine and distilled spirits for consumption on the licensed premises” as well as “ the sale of beer and wine for consumption off the licensed premises.” Additionally, the location must remain a “bona fide eating place” to keep the license active.
While moviegoers wait, they can watch the final touches being placed on the theater with a Sumo Dog in hand—a new hot dog cart now open across from the theater. The cart serves Asian-inspired hot dogs for just under $10, and is a part of the larger Santa Monica location that opened in early September.
Sumo Dog, which officially opened its cart on Saturday, Oct. 6, was created by chef/founder Jeffrey Lunak, formerly of “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto’s team.
The Palisades Village menu features the Sumo Dog, The Palisades Dog, Banh Mi and a Build Your Own Dog option.