Notable Items:

Petitioner: City of Renton, Washington
Respondant: Playtime Theatres, Inc., and Sea-First Properties, Inc.
Venue: Supreme Court of the United States
Opinion of the Court: City of Renton v. Playtime Theatres, Inc. (1986)

Issue(s) Before the Court:

... whether the Renton ordinance is designed to serve a substantial governmental interest and allows for reasonable alternative avenues of communication.

Petitioner's Claim(s):

... that the Renton ordinance violates their rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
... that the Renton ordinance is "underinclusive," in that it fails to regulate other kinds of adult businesses that are likely to produce secondary effects similar to those produced by adult theaters.

Respondant's Claim(s):

[content neutral] ... that the City Council's "predominate concerns" were with the secondary effects of adult theaters, and not with the content of adult films themselves.

Holding(s) and Disposition:

Held: Zoning regulations that control the areas where adult movie theaters are located do not violate the First Amendment. Cf. Young v. American Mini Theatres, Inc., 427 U. S. 50. Pp. 475 U. S. 46-55.
Disposition: The judgment of the Court of Appeals is therefore Reversed.

Material Facts:

Procedural History:


Rehnquist Majority Opinion (Burger, White, Powell, Stevens, O'Connor)

Blackmun Concurrance in result

Brennan Dissent (Marshall)

Full Recounting of Facts

Rehnquist Majority Full Argument (Burger, White, Powell, Stevens, O'Connor)