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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Utah theater cited for serving alcohol during the movie "Deadpool." (all times local):

12:50 p.m.

Utah's liquor department has agreed to not enforce an obscenity law used against a movie theater in trouble for serving drinks and showing "Deadpool" while the theater's lawsuit over the matter continues.

State lawyers said at a court hearing in Salt Lake City on Tuesday that Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control will not cite the theater during the legal battle for any screenings with alcohol as long as the films are rated "R'' or less.

Salt Lake City theater Brewvies says the obscenity law is so broad that it would apply to Michelangelo's "David." The law is generally used to regulate alcohol at strip clubs but Brewvies wants sections of the law related to film screenings repealed.

Investigators said Brewvies could be fined up to $25,000 and lose their liquor license for showing "Deadpool," which features simulated sex.

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3:51 a.m.

A Utah theater challenging an obscenity law that got them in trouble for serving booze during the movie "Deadpool" is headed to court Tuesday.

The theater Brewvies in Salt Lake City says the law is so broad that it would apply to Michelangelo's "David." They're asking a judge for a restraining order to block state alcohol authorities from enforcing it.

Brewvies could be fined up to $25,000 and lose their liquor license after undercover officers attended a screening of Marvel's R-rated antihero film in February.

Investigators filed the complaint under a law that is generally used to regulate alcohol at strip clubs but also bans serving booze during films with simulated sex or full-frontal nudity.

Alcohol officials say they won't take action against Brewvies while the legal challenge plays out.

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