The Latest: Discipline hearing postponed for Utah theater

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Posted: Apr 18, 2016 8:10 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on Utah's threat to revoke a liquor license for a theater that served alcohol while showing the film "Deadpool" (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

A lawyer for a Utah movie theater that could lose its liquor permit after serving alcohol while showing the film "Deadpool," says a disciplinary hearing has been postponed.

Rocky Anderson, a lawyer for Salt Lake City theater Brewvies, said a Wednesday hearing with Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been pushed back to early May after Anderson asked for more time to respond to the agency's complaint.

The liquor control department says the theater violated a state obscenity law by serving drinks at a screening of "Deadpool," which features simulated sex scenes.

The law is generally used to regulate alcohol and nudity at strip clubs but also bans alcohol from being served at films with simulated sex or full-frontal nudity.

Anderson says the law is unconstitutional and has threatened to challenge it in court if the complaint isn't dropped.

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2:30 p.m.

Utah alcohol bosses are considering revoking the liquor license of a movie theater it says violated a state obscenity law by serving drinks while screening "Deadpool," which features simulated sex scenes.

The theater says the law is unconstitutional and has threatened to challenge it in court if the complaint isn't dropped.

Utah's alcohol control department filed the complaint against Brewvies in Salt Lake City after three undercover officers attended a screening of "Deadpool" in February.

Investigators cited a state obscenity law that is generally used to regulate alcohol and nudity at strip clubs but also bans alcohol from being served at films with simulated sex or full-frontal nudity.

A spokeswoman for Utah's liquor department did not have a comment Monday.

A hearing on the complaint is scheduled for Wednesday.