SECS Fest 2022 Saturday Night at the Baths
a new 4K restoration

Sat, Nov 5, 2022 at 8pm

Online ticket sales have ended, but tickets are available at the door.


David Buckley / United States / 1975 / 82 min

Saturday Night at the Baths will be introduced by writer, artist, and scholar, Greg Youmans. His essays about queer history and experimental cinema have appeared in Camera Obscurae-fluxMillennium Film Journal, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other journals, anthologies, and exhibition catalogs.

Newly restored in 4K, David Buckley’s landmark excursion into bisexuality, 70s relationship politics, and the historical importance of gay bathhouse culture is celebrated in his 1975 film Saturday Night at the Baths. When struggling pianist Michael (Robert Aberdeen) lands a job at the legendary Continental Baths in NYC, his wife Tracy (Ellen Sheppard) encourages him, even emphasizes how special this institution is. Michael however struggles with his own homophobia yet at the same time starts developing feelings for his confident and sexually free co-worker Scotti (Don Scotti). Shot on-location inside the famous Continental Baths and featuring an unforgettable 12-minute scene of the actual entertainment, both musical and sensual alike, Saturday Night at the Baths is a sublime example of the compelling and sensual queer cinema of one of the most groundbreaking periods in gay and bisexual film history.

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  • We installed filtration capable of removing airborne COVID particles in the auditorium, lobby, and projection booth.
  • Why are we doing this? Our aim is to make seeing movies here safe and comfortable for everyone. In addition, the cinema is operated 100% by volunteers and we are trying to keep them healthy!

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