Performing arts and liquor do mix in Oliver.
On Monday, Town council reviewed an intention for a new liquor primary licence that the Oliver Community Theatre Society is seeking approval for from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.
The licence is for Frank Venables Theatre on Gala Street.
The society says the application will eliminate the cost and inconvenience of having to obtain individual special event permits for every performance.
The society indicates the serving of alcohol will be dependent on the event.
As per usual, council resolved to opt out of the liquor branch’s review by making no comment. If it chose to comment, public consultation would be required.
Contract planner Chris Garrish said the school board has consented to the liquor licence intention.
Garrish pointed out that no building modifications are being proposed under the application.
Mayor Ron Hovanes said the easiest solution for council is to not comment on the society’s intent. “We’re basically telling the branch that we don’t have a concern.”
Councillor Dave Mattes said the society has proven itself as a “model citizen” since there has never been a problem with Frank Venables Theatre serving alcohol in the past while hosting performances.