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What makes going to the movies special?

Is it the towering screen, the immersive surround sound, the smell of popcorn? Post-COVID, however, we can watch most new releases in the privacy of our homes. But this can make movie watching a very solitary experience.

RAINBOW CULT wants to make going to the movies AN EVENT specifically for the queer community. The show is hosted monthly by CU Denver professor of film Andy Scahill and Denver drag legend Electra Dupri, and is inspired by The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the gimmicks of William Castle, and the cult movie nights of San Francisco drag queen Peaches Christ. We provide a uniquely tailored experience for each film with props, contests, callbacks, drag performances and more!


Troop Beverly Hills is pretty great---but it's even better with a Gay Merit Badge design station and surprise Girl Scout Cookies during the show! And we all love Drop Dead Gorgeous---but it's even better with when everyone in the audience wears a tiara and sash! Here at RAINBOW CULT, we encourage participation and dressing up, any way that you express your love for these movies. We want movies to be a shared experience and a source of community-building.

Rainbow Cult Schedule:

Tuesday, March 14: BRING IT ON (Sie FilmCenter)

Tuesday, March 28: M3GAN (Tracks Nighclub)

Tuesday, April 18: CLUE (Sie FilmCenter)

Friday, April 24: DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (Tivoli Theater)

Sunday, May 14: SERIAL MOM (Ophelia's Electric Soapbox)

Rainbow Cult in the news:

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Professor Andy Scahill

Andy Scahill is an Assistant Professor of film at the University of Colorado Denver, where he specializes in studying queer audiences and their relationship to media. He was featured in the documentary Scream, Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019), which won the Dorian Award for Best Documentary and was nominated for the GLAAD Media Award for Best Documentary. Professor Andy can be found Thursday nights co-hosting Sing-a-Long Bingo at Triangle alongside Dixie Krystals.


As the permanent home of Denver Film, the Sie FilmCenter is Denver’s only year-round cinematheque. The Sie FilmCenter presents a weekly-changing calendar of first-run exclusives and arthouse revivals—over 600 per year, all shown in their original language and format. Denver Film’s programs reach more than 200,000+ film-lovers annually.

Sie FilmCenter

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