May 23, 2017

Bizarre fine levied on Utah theater for screening “The Hangover 2”

By Kim Palacios A Salt Lake City movie theater that serves alcohol and only admits viewers who are at least twenty-one was fined more than $1,600 for showing “The Hangover 2,” an R-rated film. The establishment—called “Brewvies”—issued a comment via manager Andy Murphy, who told The Salt Lake Tribune that Brewvies has always complied with the state’s liquor laws, and “doesn’t want to shake up anything.”

Though bizarre, the charge was 100% legal, according to Utah’s State Liquor Board; the ordinances at play prohibit the exhibit of sex acts, full-frontal nudity or even the “caressing” of breasts or buttocks, in any establishment in which alcohol is served. The law was initially targeted to strip clubs, which are not permitted to have nude dancers.

The “Brewvies” fine was prompted by a complaint sent to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and a citation was issued by an officer of the Utah Highway Patrol.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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