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July 7, 2015

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Joe Downtown: Theater dedicated to LGBT-themed films to open

Map of Neonopolis


450 Fremont St., Las Vegas

Many people know about the 2005 movie, “Brokeback Mountain,” a story about a romantic relationship between two modern-day cowboys that won three Academy Awards.

But there are so many movies involving the lesbian/gay/bi/transgender lifestyle that a gay nightclub under construction downtown will include a theater devoted to LGBT movies.

The collaboration is the result of a partnership between the club Krave Massive and Guest House Films, a Los Angeles film production and distribution company.

Steve Le Vine, Grapevine Public Relations president, said aside from a handful well-known, big-budget, gay-oriented movies — "Milk" and 2010’s “The Kids Are All Right” are a few — “there are literally hundreds of independent LGBT titles released each year and definitely more than enough to keep supplying a movie theater such as this one.”

The movies run the gamut from “comedies and dramatic narratives to more avant-garde fare to documentaries,” Le Vine said.

While most of the former 14-screen, 80,000-square-foot movie theater on the third floor of Neonopolis is being converted into five different themed dance rooms, enough space will remain for two screen dedicated to playing movies.

“Filmgoers will have a chance to meet filmmakers and actors at select screenings,” Le Vine said, adding that movies typically would be shown before the nightclub scene “kicks into high gear.”

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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