by James Whitely -
SGN Staff Writer
Three Dollar Bill Cinema (TDB), Seattle's premier LGBT film organization, held an open house to show off their new home nestled right between E. Pike and E. Pine on Bellevue Avenue, here on Capitol Hill. TDB members, friends, and representatives of other local LGBT and film organizations showed up to show their support, donate to TDB, mix, mingle, and talk about movies.
"It's great, it's big," said Rachael Bristler with an excited laugh. The new space is 1,525 square feet - a huge upgrade from their previous 425-square-foot space. Very excited, she went on to tell SGN that "We've never been able to do something like this before in our own space."
For the past three to four years, TDB has strived to promote programs year-round. Originally established to organize and promote the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, TDB has expanded their programming in recent years with events such as Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival and Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema, which takes place in Cal Anderson Park each summer, the Spring Film Series, which features hard-to-find movies, rarely screened film prints and classics, and Cineoke! (Think karaoke with movie-musicals.)
With the increased programming that they've taken on recently, the move became both possible and necessary.
For TDB Outdoor Cinema, Bristler says we can expect two nights each in the months of July and August, but just which movies will be played are still in the works.
This October will mark the 15th year of their biggest event: the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Three Dollar Bill Cinema provides access to films by, for, and about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their families, and a forum for LGBT filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences.
Visit www.threedollarbillcinema.org to learn more.
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