A federal judge ruled that a Utah theater will not lose its liquor license after showing “Deadpool.”
Brewvies faced a revocation of its liquor license by the state after it showed the R-rated action comedy in its theaters. Utah argued that the showing of the movie violated a law that liquor licensees could not show films with “full nudity or sexually explicit content.”
The theater faced a fine and further legal action when three undercover officers with the state Bureau of Investigation conducted a probe.
“The State has violated the First Amendment by bringing an administrative enforcement action against a mainstream motion picture theater showing an R-rated movie,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge David Nuffer in favor of Brewvies. He added that the theater “shows the same movies that other, non-sexually oriented movie theaters.”
Nuffer referred to the statute cited by the state as “overbroad” and “so egregiously unconstitutional.”