LOS ANGELES—In the modern media landscape, one can watch porn just about anytime, on any device, with just a wifi connection and a modicum of privacy. But there is one place that few people under the age of 40 have experienced: inside a movie theater, surrounded by other people.
And that’s the experience offered by Sesión Continua, an event sponsored by Dirty Looks, a New York-based group that produces a roaming series of events designed to present “quintessential GLBT film and video alongside up-and-coming artists and filmmakers.”
The annual event in Los Angeles, part 24-hour marathon screening and part art installation, is designed to pay tribute to “the queer porn palaces that proliferated [in] our city before the advent of home video,” organizers say.
From midnight Friday, Aug. 4 through midnight Saturday, Aug. 5, attendees will be able to watch classic works of gay and lesbian erotica in sesión continua-style, which as they explain involves: “no schedules, no set attendance times. Slip in and out or stay a while, come together to witness a public approach towards explicit cinema that blended avant-garde film forms with another industry’s titillating requirements.”
Sesión Continua will be held at Son of Semele, a 36-seat theater at 3301 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Admission is a mere $12.
On the Facebook event page, organizers state, “We want to convey the intimacy and appetites" that animated old-school gay porn theaters "with limited seating that calls for closeness and an extended program that lubricates the flow of audiences into the theater.”
The program will showcase largely pre-VHS pornographic titles, from gay hardcore to lezsploitation. In selecting the titles, Dirty Looks collaborated with the Vinegar Syndrome, Tom of Finland Foundation and Curse of Cherifa.
According to the Facebook description, “the programming will promiscuously alternate between XXX works and avant-garde fare, once considered too personal or tempestuous for mainstream cinema screens.”
To find out more about the event organizers, see this article on LAWeekly.com.