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Westwood Council Supports Alcohol Sales at iPic Theater

The new six-screen movie theater is expected to open in 2013.

Westwood Neighborhood Council members on Wednesday voted to support iPic Theaters' request for a conditional use permit to allow the sale of a full line of alcoholic beverages at the swanky theater.

"This is the kind of business we want in Westwood," board member Connie Boukidis said.

The theater will require that servers who take drink orders are the same servers who bring drinks back to guests. No switching of servers will be allowed, which aims to deter underage drinking.

iPic representatives pointed out some of the 426-seat theater's highlights at the meeting Wednesday, including plush seating, "ninja-like" service, an on-site, 5,000-square foot restaurant and other amenities.

The theater's full-service Italian restaurant called Tanzy will be led by chef Andre Lane. Guests can also purchase cured meats, breads and mozzarellas at Parma Bar. The theater will also have "liquid nitrogen mixology" and craft cocktails by Adam Seger, an award-winning mixologist and sommelier.

The new six-screen iPic theater will replace the Avco Center movie theater, which closed in December. iPic Theaters, based in Florida, announced a signed lease on Avco Center in July and is expected to open the Westwood location in 2013.

Admission prices have not yet been finalized for the Westwood theater, but they will be comparable to prices at the theater's Pasadena location, which range from $24-29, representatives said Wednesday.

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—Patch editor Sara Fay contributed to this report.


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