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A Scene Featuring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and the New York Times

On the website for NYC gay bar Julius’, the Village institution’s historic connection to the fight for gay rights is rightly celebrated.

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From the bar’s About section:

On April 26, 1966, four homophile activists staged a “sip in” at Julius’ to challenge the NYS Liquor Authority’s regulation that prohibited bars and restaurants from serving homosexuals. Accompanied by five reporters, the group visited a number of bars until they were denied service at Julius’, a longtime Greenwich Village gay bar. The incident drew a denial from the SLA chairman that his agency told bars not to serve homosexuals and precipitated an investigation by the chairman of the city’s Human Right’s Commission. (From: Becoming Visible, Penguin Studios 1998)

In the August 22 drama Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, there is a great scene – shot at Julius’-  that references this historic chapter. At one point, the bartender serving Lithgow and Molina’s characters mentions there is a framed clipping of the New York Times‘ 1966 coverage, “somewhere.”

Sony Pictures Classics gave Out magazine the exclusive first-look at the scene. Click here to watch it. (There is a video advertisement that must be viewed, beforehand.)

P.S. At press time, Love is Strange has a perfect 16-review score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, mirroring what has been incredible advance buzz for writer-director Ira Sachs‘ effort.

[Image via: juliusbarny.com]

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