Renton v. Playtime Theatres, Inc.
|Renton v. Playtime Theatres, Inc.|
|Court||Supreme Court of the United States|
|Date decided||February 25, 1986|
|Appealed from||9th Circuit|
The City of Renton, Washington, ("Renton") passed a zoning ordinance prohibiting adult theaters within 1,000 feet of “any residential zone, single or multiple-family dwelling, church, park, or school.”Playtime Theatres ("Playtime") purchased 2 theaters in areas where the Renton had prohibited the displaying of adult movies in a public theater.
Playtime filed a suit alleging that the Renton ordinance was unconstitutional.Renton wins in the district court, but Renton loses in the 9th Circuit.
Rehnquist argued that Renton didn't completely prohibit adult movie theaters in the city perimeter.Brennan dissented and argued that the zoning ordinance was ultimately content-based discrimination even though the ordinance provided alternative venues for Playtime Theaters.