April 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
‘Paris is Burning’ will return to theaters for Pride month
Paris is Burning, gay news, Washington Blade
‘Paris is Burning’ depicts gay ball culture in New York in the late ‘80s. (Photo courtesy Reel Affirmations)

“Paris is Burning” will be re-released in theaters in time for Pride month.

The 1990 cult documentary followed the Latinx and African American underground ballroom scene in New York City during the 1980s. It brought ball stars Willi Ninja, Pepper, LaBeija, Octavia St. Laurent and Venus Xtravaganza into the spotlight chronicling their joys and hardships.

It became the foundation for shows such as “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and FX’s “Pose,” which is heavily inspired by the documentary. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2016 for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Director Jennie Livingston has given the film a digital restoration to be released for a two-week run in New York City starting June 14 followed by a nationwide theatrical release.

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