Join VA Pride and the Flying Squirrels for PRIDE Movie Night at the Diamond on Tuesday, September 1, featuring LGBTQ classic The Birdcage! You know you want to.
We’re all going a little nuts from being shut up inside all the time. And we’re all at least a little sad that VA PrideFest, which would have been taking place in just a few short weeks, has been cancelled for this year. But thankfully, Virginia Pride knows exactly what we’re all going through. That’s why they’re bringing us a delightful opportunity to have a socially-distanced outdoor outing featuring an all-time classic LGBTQ film.
Yes, it’s true — on Tuesday, September 1 at The Diamond, VA Pride will be collaborating with the Flying Squirrels to bring us PRIDE Movie Night at The Diamond, featuring The Birdcage! Now, if you’re an LGBTQ person of a certain age, this movie is sure to have tons of resonance for you. I for one saw it at The Byrd the year it came out, when I was 20. The place was full of boisterous queers who all had a blast watching one of the first mainstream American films to depict drag, gay marriage, and gay parenting in a totally positive fashion.
To sum up for those of you who’ve somehow missed this one thus far: Robin Williams plays the gay owner of a drag club in South Beach. His partner, played by Nathan Lane, is the club’s star attraction, performing drag under the name Starina. Williams’s son has fallen in love with a woman whose father is a conservative Republican Senator. Before the marriage can occur, the families have to interact. And sure enough, hilarity ensues.
If you haven’t seen it, telling you any more than that would be criminal. Suffice it to say, you’re in for a treat. And thankfully, you’ll be able to enjoy this communal gathering in properly socially distanced fashion. Instead of everybody cramming into a vintage movie theatre together, the outfield at the Diamond will be divided into 10’x10′ and 10’x20′ squares. Up to four people will be allowed in the 10’x10′ squares, eight in the 10’x20′ squares. That way, you can enjoy this event in as safe a fashion as possible while experiencing a communal good time.
Admission to this event is $8 per person. Concessions are available, and can be ordered in advance at the same time that you order tickets (make sure you select the correct date for the showing you’re attending). All orders will be available for contactless pickup at Rosie’s Bistro in the Bullpen at the Diamond. There will also be a credit card-only beverage station on the third base side of the park, in case you need to pick up some more drinks during the show. Blankets and pillows are encouraged for maximum comfort. However, chairs are not allowed.
Sounds like a great way to get out of the house, right? So don’t hesitate — join VA Pride and the Flying Squirrels this Tuesday, September 1, for PRIDE Movie Night at the Diamond. Doors open at 6:35 PM, show starts at 7:35 PM (right at sunset). Don’t be late!
You can purchase tickets and concessions for PRIDE Movie Night at the Diamond by going to milb.com/richmond/events/movie-nights. Be safe and have fun! For more info, check out the Facebook event page.