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Ryan Reynolds helps out Utah cinema

Associated Press Associated Press 26/04/2016 Lindsay Whitehurst

Actor Ryan Reynolds is showing his support for a Salt Lake City movie theatre cited under a Utah obscenity law for serving drinks during a screening of his movie Deadpool.

Reynolds gave $US5,000 ($A6,482.14) to a fundraising website set up to help the theatre called Brewvies with its legal bills on Sunday.

He also tweeted out a story about the situation, writing "Thank god, they've found a way to legislate fun."

A representative for Reynolds, who plays the title character of the foul-mouthed superhero film, confirmed the donation and that the tweet came from the actor.

Brewvies is facing a fine of up to $US25,000 fine and could lose its liquor license after undercover officers attended a screening of Marvel's R-rated antihero film Deadpool in February.

The state says playing Deadpool while serving booze violates Utah law because the movie includes nudity and simulated sex, including a suggestive scene in the film's credits involving a cartoon unicorn.

The obscenity law is generally used to regulate strip clubs, which are required to have dancers wear G-strings and pasties if the club serves liquor.

It also bans showing any film with sex acts or simulated sex acts, full-frontal nudity or the "caressing" of breasts or buttocks if at businesses with liquor licenses.

Brewvies is fighting the action in court, arguing Deadpool isn't obscene and that Utah is restricting free speech, which is unconstitutional.

The case is slated to come before Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in May.

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