The state are also threatening to revoke the theatre's license
Ryan Reynolds has come to the rescue of a cinema in Utah that was fined for serving drinks during a screening of his movie Deadpool.
The actor, who plays the titular foul-mouthed antihero in Marvel’s latest big screen comic book adaption, donated $5,000 towards a fundraiser for movie theatre Brewvies’s legal bills, AP reports.
He also tweeted his support for the Salt Lake City venue, writing “Thank god, they’ve found a way to legislate fun.”
Brewies was hit with a $25,000 fine and could risk losing its liquor license for violating a state obscenity law.
Under Utah legislation, businesses are banned from serving booze during screenings of films with sex acts or simulated sex acts, full-frontal nudity or the “caressing” of breasts or buttocks.
The cinema is contesting the action in court, arguing that Deadpool isn’t obscene and that Utah is restricting free speech. The case goes before Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in May.
A similar law in Idaho was repealed by lawmakers earlier this year after a theatre sued the state for threatening to revoke its license for showing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ while serving alcohol.