Ryan Reynolds Gives Theater $5K in Fight Over Booze and Sex

Brewvies Cinema Pub was cited last week
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2016 2:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Utah movie theater is in trouble for showing Deadpool while serving booze, and actor Ryan Reynolds—or a person using his name—has added $5,000 to the theater's legal defense fund, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports. Salt Lake City's Brewvies Cinema Pub was cited last week for serving alcohol while showing the film, which contains simulated sex and nudity. That mix of booze and on-screen sex violates Utah code, reports KUTV, and means the theater could lose its liquor license for 10 days and pay a $25,000 fine. So the theater has filed a federal lawsuit against Utah, saying its First Amendment right to free speech was violated. Fans (and, apparently, Deadpool's star) have so far contributed about $12,000 to the theater's GoFundMe campaign. (Read more Utah stories.)

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