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Curtain falls on plan for bar in theater

<p>Manager, Elvia Jimenez at the bar in the lobby of the AMC Lake in the Hills 12 Theater. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Manager, Elvia Jimenez at the bar in the lobby of the AMC Lake in the Hills 12 Theater. | Brian O'Mahoney/For Sun-Times Media

The Showplace Theater on Naperville’s southwest end won’t be the place to go for a couple of cocktails any time soon.

American Multi-Cinema Inc. has suspended its effort to secure a special class of license enabling the complex to serve beer, wine and cocktails at the Route 59 and 95th Street location, known as AMC Showplace Naperville 16. The service is now available at a half-dozen other AMC theaters in metropolitan Chicago.

City Manager Doug Krieger said AMC withdrew the request without a great deal of fanfare. “They were very polite and respectful about it, didn’t want to close the door,” Krieger said Monday afternoon.

The City Council was scheduled to rule on the request at its meeting Tuesday.

It remained unclear what led to AMC’s change of heart, although a survey that drew input from 721 nearby residents may have been a factor.

“At least the survey results indicated that two-thirds of the people would prefer that the license not be granted,” Krieger said.

The survey was undertaken by the South Homeowners of Wheatland.

Although staff inquiries found few problems related to the policy at the other area AMC sites that serve adult drinks, some Council members had voiced concern that enforcement of the legal drinking age could prove challenging in the darkened theaters.

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