Theater says ‘Deadpool’ fight cost over $500,000

October 17, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A movie theater says its fight against a Utah law that banned serving alcohol during the superhero film “Deadpool” cost more than $500,000.

Brewvies says the state should pay the bills after a judge found the law violated free-speech protections.

The theater says in court documents filed Monday an online fundraiser that attracted a $5,000 donation from “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds brought in a total of about $22,000, a small fraction of the bill.

The theater went to court in 2016, after Utah regulators threatened to fine them up to $25,000 under a law that prohibits serving booze during films with simulated sex or full-frontal nudity. Utah called alcohol and sexual content an “explosive combination.”

But attorney Rocky Anderson, a former Salt Lake City mayor, successfully argued the law is so vague it would apply to Michelangelo’s “David.”

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