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Phoenix Center hosting LGBT Film Series starting in March

SPRINGFIELD — The Phoenix Center is hosting a film series with the University of Illinois-Springfield Performing Arts Center this spring.

For March:

The first is Boy Erased starring Nicole Kidman & Russel Crowe as parents of a young gay man. Due to their religious beliefs they force him to go to conversion therapy. While the movie was released nationally on Nov. 2, 2018 it was never shown in Springfield. It was nominated for 2 Golden Globes. The movie is rated R. For more info go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_Erased

There will be 2 showings – 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at the Studio Theatre at UIS (basement floor of the PAC building). A concession stand and cash bar will be available. Seating is limited and doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Due to licensing agreements we are not able to sell tickets or set a price but we will be taking donations (to help pay for the cost of the event and so we can have future events of this type).

For April:

The second in the series is “LOVE SIMON” Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. The movie is rated PG13

There will be 2 showings – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Studio Theatre at UIS (basement floor of the PAC building). A concession stand and cash bar will be available. Seating is limited and doors open 30 minutes prior to show. Admission is FREE.

For May:

The 4th in the series is “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet.

The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid.

While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. Rated PG PG-13

There will be shows, 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. There will be a cash bar and concession stand.

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