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The Revival House Classic Queer Cinema

L.A. Plays Itself & Sex Garage

Thursday, January 1, 1970, 12:00 am, $6, 0

LA Plays Itself

The Revival House Classic Queer Cinema  Each month The Revival House brings you the very best in homo-grown cinema from decades past. Specializing in the rare and obscure we feature Foreign and Hollywood films as well as Independent hits and Underground, Art-Fag flicks by directors such as Derek Jarman, Fred Halsted, Andy Warhol and Bruce LaBruce.  On Wednesday, July 16th The Revival House goes Hardcore with two amaaaaaazing films by the infamous Fred Halsted – “L.A. Plays Itself” and “Sex Garage”. It’s important to note that both of these films are represented in the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, and that they are the only porn films (gay or straight) within the collection. 

“L.A. Plays Itself” (U.S.A., 1972) follows two scenes of creation and destruction in a full-color panoramic view of a city unlike any other. “L.A. Plays Itself” contains flagrant displays of hot, hippie boys having great sex in the great outdoors alongside graphic scenes of humiliation and BDSM involving a naive L.A. newcomer just fresh off the bus. Notoriously censored due to graphic handballing scenes, The Revival House is proud to present a restored version of this brilliant, raw and compelling masterpiece.  (Please note: This film contains graphic scenes of BDSM and violent sexual images)
  “Sex Garage” (U.S.A., 1972) was considered by Halsted to be the next installment of a trilogy started with “L.A. Plays Itself”. As such they are always shown together. We’ll be keeping the tradition alive here with this rich testament to the thrill of bisexuality and the “mechanics” of male sex.

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