Ryan Reynolds Supports Utah Theater Which Served Booze During 'Deadpool'

By McCarton Ackerman 04/29/16

Reynolds reportedly donated $5,000 toward the theaters legal fees after taking to Twitter to voice his support for the theater. 

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Actor Ryan Reynolds has opened up his wallet to help out a theater in Utah that’s facing a hefty fine for serving alcohol during a screening of Deadpool.

The Brewvies Cinema Pub in Salt Lake City is fighting a maximum $25,000 fine and the possibility of losing its liquor license. Utah law prohibits alcohol sales during screenings of films that feature either sex acts or simulated ones, full-frontal nudity or “caressing” of breasts or buttocks. Reynolds has reportedly donated $5,000 to the theater's legal defense fund. He tweeted a link to an article about the case on Sunday and wrote, “Thank god, they’ve found a way to legislate fun.”

Turning to GoFundMe to pay for its legal defense, Brewvies wrote on the crowdfunding website that any donated money will be used for legal fees "seeking an injunction against the enforcement of a statute that violates our freedom of speech." Eight days in, the theater has so far raised just over $20,000 of its $75,000 goal. Meanwhile, AP reports that the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) has scheduled a meeting in May to "discuss or possibly settle the complaint" before further disciplinary action is taken.

The complaint was initially lodged by undercover agents who attended a showing of Deadpool in February at Brewvies. Describing what the DABC ultimately deemed a "grave violation," Agent Bradley Bullock wrote, "The main character (male) in the film is shown numerous times engaging in acts or simulated acts of sexual intercourse with the female counterpart during a holiday themed sex-montage." The theater had previously been fined $1,627 for showing The Hangover Part II, which included a nude transsexual dancer.

Brewvies' lawyer Rocky Anderson said to local outlet Fox 13 that the DABC report was both a waste of time and taxpayer dollars, and that it was "laughable" that the state would send agents to buy beer and watch movies

"This isn’t supposed to be the Taliban. This is supposed to be a state agency!" said Anderson. "It was absolutely unconstitutional for the DABC to be citing bad law to go after them."

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