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Brewvies thanks SLC for support with free film series, including 'Deadpool'

Utah theater wins 'Deadpool' case over law banning booze (Photo: MGN)

(KUTV) The popular Salt Lake City cinema pub Brewvies announced its FREEdom film series to thank customers and financial contributors for their support during the 16-month lawsuit. The theater screened "Deadpool" and was then in trouble for serving alcohol during the "indecent" films.

The lawsuit, filed by the theater, was between the Utah Division of Alcohol Beverage Control and Brewvies, over the legality of Utah Code 32B-1-504, subsection 7.

According to paperwork originally filed by the Office of the Utah Attorney General, Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City, violated the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, by showing "Deadpool." It was said to then be subject to a fine and possible suspension of its liquor license.

The situation drew attention nationally, including from Ryan Reynolds, the actor who plays the film's title character.

He tweteed:

Thank god, they've found a way to legislate fun.

According to Utah Code, an establishment that serves alcohol is forbidden to show a film that depicts a simulated sexual act, or shows a person being touched on their privates, or displaying genitals.

Later Reynolds, or at least someone using his name, donated $5,000 to Brewvies' campaign.

The theater said the obscenity law was unjust and screened it again to raise funds for its legal defense.

The Attorney General's Office said it wouldn't back down in the fight, leading to the lawsuit.

Thursday, Aug. 31, Chief Judge David Nuffer of the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of Brewvies, ending the battle.

Starting Friday evening, Sept. 1, at 10:30 p.m., Brewvies will show a series of movies, including "Deadpool" which it were cited for.

Brewvies FREEdom Film Series Schedule:

  • Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10:30 p.m...................................The Hangover Part II
  • Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:30 p.m...............................Magic Mike XXL
  • Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10:00 p.m...................................Deadpool
  • Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00 p.m...............................Deadpool

*All showings are free, and on a first come, first serve basis*

Brewvies Cinema Pub is located at 677 South, 200 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101


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