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Cinespia Celebrates Pride with 'Birdcage' Screening on June 8

by Kevin Taft
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday May 23, 2019

LA's favorite summer event series has already kicked off with a season of cinema under the stars! Held on the Fairbanks Lawn in the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the long-running Outdoor Film Series looks to be another summer of spectacular fun.

Even better, Cinespia is celebrating Pride Month with a Pride Weekend screening on June 8 of the classic comedy "The Birdcage" starring the late Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Gene Hackman, and Dianne Weist. (And of course, how can we forget the hilarious Hank Azaria running around in booty shorts?) Directed by the late Mike Nichols, this hilarious remake of "La Cage aux Folles" centers on a gay couple who own a drag club in Miami who suddenly find themselves faced with results of a past indiscretion.

Currently in its 18th season, Cinespia is the most popular summer activity in Los Angeles. Screening roughly 25 films each summer, Cinespia is the longest running outdoor screening series in L.A.. Founder John Wyatt, who was born and bred in the City of Angels, is thrilled and humbled at the success of the series. "I think it's the most creative, interesting city in the country," he says, "and to create something that brings the community together has been really satisfying. I feel very blessed!"

Every year the season has proven to be eclectic with older classics like "Rear Window" to '80s favorites like "The Breakfast Club" to more specialized films like this year's anime classic "Princess Mononoke."

"We love to show classics that still feel fresh and modern," Wyatt explains. "There are some films that never go out of style and others we love to bring to the fore with the 'Cinespia treatment'."

It's wonderful that Wyatt and company include Pride Weekend as a staple of their yearly line-up. In past years, they've screened the gay camp classic "Showgirls" (which was introduced by Elizabeth Berkley herself) and "To Wong Foo" which was introduced by Lena Waithe. With "The Birdcage," this year is no different.

"Pride is the most fun and colorful holiday in Los Angeles. We think it's important to show beloved films of the LGBTQ community especially in the heart of Hollywood. It's one of the best nights of the year at Cinespia and always a lively party."

And this is true. As a fan of the series myself, every week is a huge celebration of 4000 people sharing their love of movies, their adoration of L.A., and with the famous photo booths, it's a hashtag-lovers dream come true!

For more information and tickets, visit www.cinespia.org.

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to 'Star Wars' and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg.


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