WNYC reports that even though they’re not cooking any food, Broadway theaters are getting letter grades from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Broadway venues, along with Off-Broadway and movie theaters, are included in the city’s restaurant grading program because they operate concession stands. Many of the stands aren’t performing very well.
Although final grades are still pending for most theaters, at least 15 of them have already been written up for violations that range from mice to bad plumbing in preliminary inspections.
According to Variety editor Gordon Cox, theaters are getting bad scores because they are housed in very old buildings.
In a written statement, a health department spokesperson said, "Even with the limited food and drink offerings typically found at theaters, there is a risk of food borne illness if food safety practices are not followed."