RENTON v. PLAYTIME THEATRES INC.

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
84-1360
Petitioner 
Renton
Respondent 
Playtime Theatres Inc.
Opinion 
Advocates
(Argued the cause for the appellees)
(Argued the cause for the appellants)
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Facts of the Case 

The city of Renton, Washington, enacted a zoning ordinance that prohibited adult motion picture theaters from locating with in 1,000 feet of "any residential zone, single- or multiple-family dwelling, church, park, or school." Playtime Theatres, Inc., challenged the ordinance and sought a permanent injunction against its enforcement.

Question 

Did the Renton ordinance violate either the First or Fourteenth Amendment?

Conclusion 
Decision: 7 votes for Renton, 2 vote(s) against
Legal provision: Amendment 1: Speech, Press, and Assembly

In a 7-to-2 decision, the Court held that the zoning ordinance did not violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The Court held that the ordinance was a form of time, place, and manner regulation, not a ban on adult theaters altogether. The Court reasoned that the law was not aimed at the content of the films shown at adult motion picture theaters, "but rather the secondary effects of such theaters on the surrounding community." The Court found that the ordinance was designed to serve a substantial governmental interest in preserving the quality of life and allowed for "reasonable alternative avenues of communication."

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