The Queen

Regular $14/ $10 Matinee
Member $10/ $5 Matinee

Genre

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Release Year

1968

Director

Frank Simon

Producer

Don Herbert, Si Litvinoff

Country

USA

Runtime

68 min

Opens May 6
One Week Only!
Part of our CELEBRATING PRIDE Series

More than 40 years before RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, this ground-breaking documentary about the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant introduced audiences to the world of competitive drag. The film takes us backstage to kiki with the contestants as they rehearse, throw shade, and transform into their drag personas in the lead-up to the big event. Organized by LGBTQ icon and activist Flawless Sabrina, the competition boasted a star-studded panel of judges including Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, and Terry Southern. But perhaps most memorable is an epic diatribe calling out the pageant’s bias delivered by Crystal LaBeija, who would go on to form the influential House of LaBeija, heavily featured in PARIS IS BURNING (1990). A vibrant piece of queer history, THE QUEEN can now be seen in full resplendence thanks to a new restoration from the original camera negative.

Presented in Partnership with Out Montclair
as a part of Montclair Pride 2022
Masking is strongly encouraged at all screenings at The Clairidge when not eating or drinking. Please visit this page for our full set of COVID-19 safety protocols.

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