Help Brewvies Fight DABC Censorship

$26,292 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 715 people in 30 months
Benni Warren
on behalf of Cinemapub Brewvies
 SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Brewvies was founded in 1997 with the purpose of providing a fun, unique atmosphere for adults 21 and over to enjoy great films, food and drink. Brewvies has never had a liquor violation, and has never shown obscene films.

For years Brewvies has dealt with the oppressive Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The DABC has threatened to fine us or suspend or revoke our liquor license, just for showing R-rated films like Deadpool, Hangover 2, Magic Mike XXL and Ted 2. We are fighting for the State of Utah to respect our First Amendment freedom of speech. 

The money that we are raising will go towards a legal defense fund to be used for legal fees seeking an injunction against the enforcement of a statute that violates our freedom of speech. If there are any funds left over from our legal battle, we will use the funds for a public celebration of our freedom of speech!

This is a fight that is important to all individuals 21 and over who cherish their freedom of speech. We are ready to fight back.  We are greatful for any support you can provide.


Please watch the following stories for some additional details:

http://kutv.com/news/local/salt-lakes-cinema-brewvies-fined-threatened-by-state-for-showing-deadpool

http://fox13now.com/2016/04/18/utah-movie-theaters-liquor-license-threatened-for-showing-deadpool/

Brewvies vs. the DABC Rocky Anderson interview on KSL Radio:
https://youtu.be/3tkKRh29QMY

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Thank you, supporters!

Brewvies is thrilled to announce that we have WON our First Amendment case against the Utah Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

See this link for more info:
http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/09/01/brewvies-wins-judgment-against-utah-in-deadpool-first-amendment-case/

We couldn't have done it without your help. Stay tuned for a special "Thank you" to all Brewvies supporters.

Know that your efforts made a difference, and have preserved your right to enjoy an adult beverage while watching your favorite mainstream movies in the State of Utah.

This effort cost Brewvies, a small but successful Salt Lake City business, a tremendous amount of money, so any continued support is appreciated.
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Fight for the First! Brewvies has taken on the fight for our First Amendment rights. Join us!

It’s been a long, challenging year, and the fight is not yet over. We owe you, our supporters and patrons:

• A huge thank you;
• An update on what has happened so far in the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) prosecution against Brewvies; and
• A reminder that our legal fees are enormous and your help is still needed.

Running a thriving business that provides adults (21 and over) mainstream movies rated PG, PG-13 and R in a relaxed environment is rewarding, but the legal battle is time consuming. We’re literally working as hard as we can to maintain the business, and fund the ongoing legal proceedings.

Here are two updates printed in the Salt Lake Tribune since we last posted:
http://www.sltrib.com/news/4546458-155/experts-debate-sex-and-alcohol-in
http://www.sltrib.com/home/4885296-155/brewvies-and-utah-dabc-each-file

Our legal bills are in the stratosphere.

This is a fight not just for Brewvies’ right to exist; it is a fight for the First Amendment. Everyone who attends Brewvies is 21 and older. The state should not be able to tell adults that you can’t have a drink while watching a mainstream movie in a licensed establishment.

There are bars and restaurants next door to general audience movie theaters throughout the state. Individuals may consume alcoholic beverages, walk next door and then view an R-rated movie. It is irrational and unconstitutional to target Brewvies, which restricts admission to age 21 and over, yet allow general audience movie theaters to admit individuals into an R-rated movie who may have consumed alcohol.

Since this fight started one year ago, the state of Utah has spent hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars to enforce DABC’s position that many mainstream R-rated movies are not allowed at Brewvies.

That’s what we are up against.

Ways you can help:
1. Make a Contribution – Choose from one of the rewards offered.
2. Share this update with your social network.
3. Display a window sign announcing your support. The state’s position is that the community doesn’t want Brewvies to show these movies; show them that we do!
4, Attend the upcoming special fundraisers showing the Freedom Film Series.
Display a poster showing your support!
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Our Reward Program for donations is now in place. Click on "DONATE" for details.
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Brewvies thanks you very much for your support. We are just a small local business and really can’t afford the legal expense. Please save proof of your donation as we intend to recognize individuals who have helped us. As you might expect, we are deeply involved in the legal process and other aspects of dealing with this situation, and have not had a chance to structure a reward program. Your help is very, very much appreciated.
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Rodrigo Garcia
30 months ago
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not from Utah, but was compelled to donate.

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Shaniel Olsen
30 months ago
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7

If you actually read it you would see 75k for a lawsuit not a fine.

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Brandon Tietz
30 months ago
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4

Will be donating on Friday. Can someone please tell me when this GoFundMe expires? I would like to donate on my NEXT paycheck, as well.

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Andrea Christopher-Doubek
30 months ago
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In response to Amber McEwan's concern, this is the response from the owner's of Brewvies: "Yes, we are the owners of Brewvies, and have set up this fundraiser on gofundme. The link from our website, Facebook and Twitter leads straight to the campaign and there is no way we would allow fraudulent posting to these sites, or programming on our website. Feel free to call Brewvies to verify this if that would satisfy the concern. The number is 801-322-3891." Regards, Colin Stevens

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Richard Humberg
30 months ago
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People really need to learn how to read. The fine isn't 75k. It's 75k for the damn legal fees, shit. READ YOU DOLTS.

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Guy Daley
30 months ago
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Brewvies shouldn't have to beg for money to fight unconstitutional and oppressive government. This SHOULD come from your representation IN GOVERNMENT. However, Utah government is OWNED by the Mormon religion which wants to govern your morals, just like the Muslim religion.

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Rob Riv
30 months ago
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2

What about those who have already donated? Do they not qualify for rewards?

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Doug Rider
30 months ago
2
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The $75k is for legal fees Rocky Anderson ain't cheap.

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Doug Rider
30 months ago
2
2

For hangover 2 they were fined $1200 and the AG/ DABC is threatening up to $25000 and/or a 10 Suspenion of the their liquor license.

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Chuckie Lowe
30 months ago
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1200 was the last ludicrous fine because of the Hangover 2. this stupid fine is aimed at 25,000.00 alone. ASININE!

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Jay Boyd
30 months ago
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People will donate to things like this, but when i make a gofundme to start a school in a village of Cambodia all people do is give it a heart. This world confuses me.

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Stephen Smith
30 months ago
1
1

Incentivize donors with movie tickets. Crowd funding campaigns with invectives are much more successful than those without. Unless this isn't a fund me made by Brewvies, and it's someone scamming people.

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Gabby Mestek
30 months ago
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Yes but they are asking for that 74k BECAUSE they were slapped with a huge fine. Haha

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Cenica Ramirez
9 months ago

Why is this still open for people to donate? Brewvies won and didn’t have to pay for shit.

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Stephanie Valdez
30 months ago

I did donate as well :).

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Stephanie Valdez
30 months ago

I am from Utah & it will always be hometown. I am in Orlando, FL now but you have my support all the way. GOD BLESS EVERYONE :).

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Steven Ting
30 months ago

What is a VIP Pass? What's the benefit?

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Amber McEwen
30 months ago

How do we know that [the owner of] Brewvies is behind this Fundraiser and it's not a scam?

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Carrie Pederson
30 months ago

75k!?! News said fine is less then 1200?

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$20
robert cratin
9 months ago

Keep fighting the fight! We're with you!

$10
Anonymous
10 months ago
EJ
$5
Erik Jessen
13 months ago

F the DABC, always trying to ruin our fun.

$5
Anonymous
14 months ago
$200
Anonymous
16 months ago
Rodrigo Garcia
30 months ago
8
8

not from Utah, but was compelled to donate.

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Shaniel Olsen
30 months ago
7
7

If you actually read it you would see 75k for a lawsuit not a fine.

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Brandon Tietz
30 months ago
4
4

Will be donating on Friday. Can someone please tell me when this GoFundMe expires? I would like to donate on my NEXT paycheck, as well.

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Andrea Christopher-Doubek
30 months ago
3
3

In response to Amber McEwan's concern, this is the response from the owner's of Brewvies: "Yes, we are the owners of Brewvies, and have set up this fundraiser on gofundme. The link from our website, Facebook and Twitter leads straight to the campaign and there is no way we would allow fraudulent posting to these sites, or programming on our website. Feel free to call Brewvies to verify this if that would satisfy the concern. The number is 801-322-3891." Regards, Colin Stevens

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Richard Humberg
30 months ago
3
3

People really need to learn how to read. The fine isn't 75k. It's 75k for the damn legal fees, shit. READ YOU DOLTS.

+ Read More
Guy Daley
30 months ago
2
2

Brewvies shouldn't have to beg for money to fight unconstitutional and oppressive government. This SHOULD come from your representation IN GOVERNMENT. However, Utah government is OWNED by the Mormon religion which wants to govern your morals, just like the Muslim religion.

+ Read More
Rob Riv
30 months ago
2
2

What about those who have already donated? Do they not qualify for rewards?

+ Read More
Doug Rider
30 months ago
2
2

The $75k is for legal fees Rocky Anderson ain't cheap.

+ Read More
Doug Rider
30 months ago
2
2

For hangover 2 they were fined $1200 and the AG/ DABC is threatening up to $25000 and/or a 10 Suspenion of the their liquor license.

+ Read More
Chuckie Lowe
30 months ago
2
2

1200 was the last ludicrous fine because of the Hangover 2. this stupid fine is aimed at 25,000.00 alone. ASININE!

+ Read More
Jay Boyd
30 months ago
1
1

People will donate to things like this, but when i make a gofundme to start a school in a village of Cambodia all people do is give it a heart. This world confuses me.

+ Read More
Stephen Smith
30 months ago
1
1

Incentivize donors with movie tickets. Crowd funding campaigns with invectives are much more successful than those without. Unless this isn't a fund me made by Brewvies, and it's someone scamming people.

+ Read More
Gabby Mestek
30 months ago
1
1

Yes but they are asking for that 74k BECAUSE they were slapped with a huge fine. Haha

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Cenica Ramirez
9 months ago

Why is this still open for people to donate? Brewvies won and didn’t have to pay for shit.

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Stephanie Valdez
30 months ago

I did donate as well :).

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Stephanie Valdez
30 months ago

I am from Utah & it will always be hometown. I am in Orlando, FL now but you have my support all the way. GOD BLESS EVERYONE :).

+ Read More
Steven Ting
30 months ago

What is a VIP Pass? What's the benefit?

+ Read More
Amber McEwen
30 months ago

How do we know that [the owner of] Brewvies is behind this Fundraiser and it's not a scam?

+ Read More
Carrie Pederson
30 months ago

75k!?! News said fine is less then 1200?

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