Utah theater wins 'Deadpool' case over law banning booze

A U.S. judge struck down a Utah law that landed a movie theater in trouble for serving alcohol during the film 'Deadpool'.

Published: 01st September 2017 11:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st September 2017 11:34 AM   |  A+A-

Deadpool Worldwide gross: $783,112,979 Budget: $58 million Director: Tim Miller Release date in India: February 12, 2016.

By Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY: A U.S. judge on Thursday struck down a Utah law that landed a movie theater in trouble for serving alcohol during the racy superhero film "Deadpool."

U.S. District Judge David Nuffer said state regulators violated Brewvies' freedom of speech when it threatened to fine the theater up to $25,000 under a law that prohibits serving booze during films with simulated sex or full-frontal nudity.

Attorney Rocky Anderson calls the decision enormously important for First Amendment rights. He argues the law is so vague it would apply to an art gallery offering wine near Michelangelo's "David" and that the state used it to intimidate the theater.

"This is a huge victory for everyone," he said.

Lawmakers and the governor have supported the law in the conservative state where politics are dominated by Mormons whose faith teaches avoidance of alcohol.

The case caught the attention of "Deadpool" star Ryan Reynolds, who donated $5,000 to help pay the theater's legal bills last year.

The state is reviewing the ruling and considering its options, said Dan Burton, a spokesman for the Utah Attorney General's Office.

State attorneys call alcohol and sexual content an "explosive combination." The 2016 complaint against the theater came under a law generally used to ensure strip clubs that serve liquor keep dancers wearing G-strings and pasties. But it also bans serving booze during films featuring nudity or sex scenes.

Utah argued that "Deadpool" violated the law because the movie includes nudity and simulated sex, including a suggestive scene in the film's credits involving a cartoon unicorn.

The judge disagreed.

"Brewvies is not an adult oriented establishment," Nuffer wrote. "Brewvies does not focus on sex. It shows the same movies that other, non-sexually oriented movie theaters show but with alcohol."

Utah's law is similar to an Idaho measure that lawmakers repealed last year when a theater sued after its liquor license was threatened for showing "Fifty Shades of Grey" while serving alcohol.

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