By Max Maxwell
CALGARY — The Plaza Theatre for years has been an epicentre for entertainment in Kensington. From Fifth Reel nights to hilarious showings of the cult classic The Room, this classic theatre house has been bringing people together for decades.
But recently, these hallowed grounds have been opening their doors to a part of the community that swings in its own way.
Calgary’s LGBT scene has been thrilled to have been invited to a gathering celebrating all things queer. David Cutting and Garrett McCoy, two enterprising men-who-like-men about town have been putting on a monthly movie night that’s quickly gaining a reputation as an entertaining one for all of those who fit outside of the hetero spectrum.
“We saw a need in the queer community for more social activities that didn’t revolve around the club or bar scene,” Cutting explains. “We wanted to host a fun party where people could take away the ‘masks’ of their daily lives, and be authentic with each other in an authentic environment.”
Putting on such gay cult classic movies like Mean Girls and The Birdcage and pairing them with other entertainment such as the male dance troupe Snap Boys YYC, they’ve succeeded in having a little something for everyone.
McCoy tells us: “Our hope is that people look back on their experience and time at our events and it reminds them to continue being their true selves. We are excited for the opportunities to make people laugh, cry, and build meaningful moments in their lives.”
With this event, hopefully Calgary may just have a little more to offer this minority group. Until then, whether you’re queer or perhaps just an ally of the community, you can always take the night off and have a great time at the movies.AB, Alberta, David Cutting, Garrett McCoy, LGBT, Plaza Theatre, queer cinema, Velvet Cinema