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Screening: Continental

  • Jackman Hall at the AGO 317 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON, M5T 1G4 Canada (map)


Join us for a screening of Toronto filmmaker Malcolm Ingram's documentary Continental, which takes viewers back to sexually-charged 1968 New York, when the notorious Continental Baths opened its doors. This ground breaking den of debauchery transcended sexuality and became a beacon to the hip, beautiful and infamous. The Continental brought high and low culture to its cabaret stage weekly, becoming instrumental in the careers of icons like Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, the late Holly Woodlawn and the late Frankie Knuckles. Knuckles, then just starting out, developed what became known as house music at the Continental, the largest and most celebrated gay bathhouse in New York. 
2013, 95min.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Theaster Gates: How to Build a House Museum


"Malcolm Ingram (Small Town Gay Bar, Bear Nation) has hit upon
documentary gold... NNNN"
- Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine

"...engrossing.. this account of the legendary Manhattan sex-and-song
emporium is a must for gay history buffs... Ingram’s documentary
serves a vital purpose for gay historians in bringing the legend to
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

"Great... [A] saucy trip back to more closeted times..."
- Peter Debruge, Variety

- June Thomas, Salon

"If there's ever a doc that made me wish I had a time machine..."
- Peter Knegt, Indiewire

"Ingram's nose for missing gay-history puzzle pieces (Small Town Gay
Bar, Bear Nation) led him to Ostrow, whose story alone is worth hours
in a dark theatre seat. Supportive eyewitness accounts from den
denizens like The Village Voice's Michael Musto and Labelle's Sarah
Dash make it shimmer like a Crisco'd fist."
- Kate Messer, The Austin Chronicle


Earlier Event: October 28
1/Edition: Toronto's Art Book Fair