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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