IUC Exclusive: Times Square Developer to open Gay Themed multi cinema Film Complex in 2009

Posted on October 16th, 2008 by HisHighness in IUC:Entertainment, IUC:Exclusive, IUC:Gay

Times Square to get multi cinema Gay Film Complex
This unique concept spins off ideas rich in profusion. It promises to be the first gay themed film complex in the world, according to the rich NYC real estate mogul behind it. “There’s going to be 9 theaters in a massive building on 8th Avenue all showing gay themed films,” the mogul revealed to IUC. “It’s about time something like this happened cause there’s a huge market for it, not only for gays but also straight people will love to watch films here to learn about gay culture. On the bottom floor there’ll be a boutique selling merchandise and a gay themed restaurant where you’ll be served by the gayest type characters from Hollywood’s golden age era. Waiters will dress up like Rock Hudson, Paul Newman, Yul Brynner, and lots of other famous gay actors.” Several Hollywood moguls have been contacted to get in on it including George Clooney, Ellen DeGeneres and Brad Pitt. Developing…

  1. JCW said on October 16th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    An odd concept. If they are going to have any product to play on those nine screens, the quality of gay indies is going to have to increase drastically – at the moment 75% of it is amateurish crap.

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  2. Blair said on October 16th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    That is a smart business man. Along with gay men, come there women friends and along with the women friends come the curious straight men…..

    This is an idea that will only flop when they run out of “gay” movie to show. What is a “gay” movie? Is it a porn? Or is it Broke back Mountain style movies?

    I know I’ll be there along side my gay friends and with my curios, straight boyfriend.

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  3. SWY said on October 16th, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Tom Cruise might be able to help promote the idea. I’m sure he would have a lot of input on the subject.

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  4. Liela Chambers said on October 16th, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I think it’s a fabulous idea (mind the outrageously and unintentionally gay wording, will you?). In this day and age, with “straight” Hollywood being the first to proclaim political prowess and social responsibility, I still see it lagging behind in its willingness to produce films that appeal to ALL markets. There are a few small production companies, like the independent FenceSitter Films, whose main goal is to produce decent films that showcase lead characters and storylines that relate to ALL walks of life, be they minorities, gays, women, etc.

    It’s about time someone recognizes these production companies and these films as being legitimate and therefore deserving of being shown in a theater to those that are sure to enjoy and appreciate them.

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  5. Pamela Stewart said on October 16th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Waiters will dress up like famous gay actors. Paul Newman? I had no idea Paul Newman was gay.

    Will there be a Tom Cruise look alike?

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  6. Ryan Murphy said on October 16th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Wait a second, New York already has a huge gay entertainment district. It’s called Broadway.

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  7. Travis P said on October 16th, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    I heard that Paul Newman used to be a junkie, carrying a spoon around his neck during the late ’60s and early ’70s (so that he could cook dope). But I never heard anything about him being gay. I think someone confused Newman with Charlie Sheen.

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  8. JCW said on October 17th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Hollywood, 1980: On Santa Monica Blvd., word on the street was that on occassion Mr. Newman enjoyed the company of rent boys.

    True? Who knows…. but I did hear it multiple times from different people. How about you, Ian? Ever hear any gossip on this?

    Regardless, the guy was a terrific actor, a great philanthropist and by all accounts a nice guy.

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  9. HisHighness said on October 17th, 2008 at 9:34 am

    great points, JCW. Paul for sure liked the men. In fact he was linked to many, and almost left his wife for one leading Hollywood man but was convinced by his marriage counsellor not to.

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  10. art said on October 18th, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    i worked in LA in ‘78-’81, Santa Monica Blvd, and i never heard any rumors about Paul Newman. not about drugs nor rent boys, and i was out there every night. there are millions of men that fall into that category, but i’m 100% positive Newman was not one of them. i now live about 15 miles from where Newman lived in Connecticut and i’ve never heard any rumors about him while he was alive either. i doubt rumors after his death have any validity.

    i don’t think this idea for a cineplex will last much more than a few months either. as someone said above, gay-themed movies are for the most part, barely rentable. it will become just another Times Square Disney project.

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  11. JCW said on October 18th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Art!

    Nice to see a fellow survivor from the dark ages of Hollywood still alive and kicking.

    As I said…. I was told about Mr. Newman, but didn’t meet or see him in person, so I can’t vouch for what was or wasn’t the truth. Ian, on the other hand, seems to have heard more compelling tales of Mr. Newman’s wanderings… perhaps he’ll elaborate?

    It’s not speaking ill of the dead, more just trying to understand the compromises that stars of the 50s had to make to obtain that stardom. Relevent, as people are still doing exactly the same in 2008. I imagine that if there’s any truth to it, the divine Joanne Woodward was well aware of it and chose love over fidelity.

    I’m the “someone” above who bemoaned the state of gay indie films. Thanks for seconding my opinion that they’d better start putting out better product if they hope to support a nine screen cineplex!

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  12. HisHighness said on October 18th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    JCW,
    Paul was notorious for his affairs with men. here’s an article http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/668717/deep_inside_the_hollywood_closet_rumor.html?cat=40

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  13. JCW said on October 19th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Good Lord that was a fun read! Thanks Ian!

    Even if only 1/3 of it were true, it still fairly boggles the mind.

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  14. Roni said on October 20th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!! Newman Gay thing….don’t think so, but LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!!
    It’s unfortunate that theatres don’t expose more mutli cultural mediums of existence, that we have to have specially made cinemas dedicated to one genre or the other instead of embracing ALL……a solid statement on the state of our Global society today! However, if that’s what it takes to desensitize the many homophobic individuals then HAHNEY, wear your rainbow ribbons LOUD and Shout it at the top of your lungs!!
    We are global community composed of diversity, multi ethnicities, lifestyles, cultures, and to brandish one less than or more than is merely a subjective commentary of an ignorant fool. Hopefully as we move forward, there will be cinemas that will be focusing more on multi everything than main stream money sucking block busters! Time for ALL to get their chance to SHINE!! Way to go!

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