Rialto Theater, Minneapolis, 1973 (by Gary Settle)
On January 18, 1973, Minneapolis police confiscated a copy of Deep Throat, from the Rialto Theater in South Minneapolis. They immediately delivered it to a judge who declared that the film was illegal, hard-core pornography. The raid on the Rialto triggered a game of legal cat-and-mouse that the city eventually lost. The Rialto’s owner, local pornography don Ferris Alexander, had obtained several prints of the film, and each time the city confiscated a copy, the Rialto bounced back with a new one. After three tries, the city finally gave up. Alexander had established himself as a successful, if unsavory, protector of the First Amendment.
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