Out on Film

The Birdcage

Out on Film Series!
Thursday, February 22nd @ 7:15pm!

In this remake of the classic French farce La Cage aux Folles, engaged couple Val Goldman (Dan Futterman) and Barbara Keeley (Calista Flockhart) shakily introduce their future in-laws. Val’s father, Armand (Robin Williams), a gay Miami drag club owner, pretends to be straight and attempts to hide his relationship with Albert (Nathan Lane), his life partner and the club’s flamboyant star attraction, so as to please Barbara’s father, controversial Republican Sen. Kevin Keeley (Gene Hackman). The film is both a most hilarious comedy and an incisive social and political satire. (1996, R, 1h 59m)

This film is being presented by the non-profit Virginia Queer Film Festival as part of their Out on Film series. The Naro is now the exclusive venue for the series. All tickets $11, Naro ticket books will be be accepted.

The Birdcage is a scream.” – Todd McCarthy, Variety

“Remakes don’t get much better than Mike Nichols’s The Birdcage, which embraced drag shows long before they became the height of cool, and more unsettlingly, another casualty of the rising tide of fascism.” – Andrea Thompson, Chicago Reader


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To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

Thursday, August 17th at 8 pm!
Out on Film Series!

This 1995 American road comedy film directed by Beeban Kidron and stars Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo as three New York City drag queens who embark on a road trip. The title refers to an iconic autographed photo of Julie Newmar that they carry with them on their journey. Newmar additionally appears in the film as herself. The film was notable for being the first major Hollywood studio movie to center on drag queens. The film was released on September 8, 1995, and was in the number 1 spot in the North American box office for two weeks with a worldwide gross of $47.8 million. The performances of Swayze, Snipes, and Leguizamo were lauded, and Swayze and Leguizamo both earned Golden Globe Award nominations as Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. (1995, PG, 1h 48m) All tickets are $11, ticket books will be accepted. 

This film is being presented by the non-profit Virginia Queer Film Festival as part of their Out on Film series. The series is rotating selected films with several theaters in Hampton Roads, and this is the Naro’s first presentation date. 


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