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'Inferno Upstairs' opens monthly gay cinema series

The 1973 arson at a New Orleans gay bar is the subject of the dicumentary 'Upstairs Inferno.'

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The 1973 arson at a New Orleans gay bar is the subject of the dicumentary 'Upstairs Inferno.'

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A monthly film series sponsored by the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival resumes Friday with the documentary Inferno Upstairs, in a tragically apropos venue.

Inferno Upstairs recounts the 1973 arson of a New Orleans gay bar called the UpStairs Lounge, in the French Quarter. Thirty-two people were killed, some never identified. Among the victims were nearly one-third of the local Metropolitan Community Church, including two clergymen. The lead suspect was never prosecuted, and lives were shattered by outings and homophobic responses.

Friday's screening will be held at Tampa's Metropolitan Community Church, 408 E Cayuga St, where several of last year's festival selections were shown.

Show time is 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, available at the festival's website.

The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival hosts its annual monthy film series from January through August, at various locations. Next month's offering is Liz in September (Feb. 17), a lesbian romance set at a Spanish seaside resort starring Patricia Velasquez (The L Word). That film will be presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. NE in St Petersburg,

[Last modified: Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:55am]

    

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