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"It's one thing to wish there were a nightclub where people of all sexual persuasions could feel comfortable with one another, but to actually pull it off seems unthinkable." - LA Times
DRAGSTRIP 66 was a monthly, themed, underground nightclub in Silver Lake, Los Angeles that ran for an unprecedented 20 years (1993-2013).
But DRAGSTRIP 66 was so much more than just an LGBTQ nightclub.
It was a phenomenon. It was community, and it was legendary.
Featuring provocative live performances, cutting edge dance music, subversive drag, cross-dress and masquerade - and an all-inclusive spirit - DRAGSTRIP 66 invited everyone who walked through its doors to fully participate in its misfit-inspired magic. Picture Divine and Leigh Bowery moshing to The Ramones at Burning Man!
This radical, creative explosion of fun, freedom, and self-expression forever impacted the social landscape of LA, all in the infant-internet, pre-social media age. Best friendships were forged there, longtime lovers and partners met there, and countless indelible memories were sealed there.
Our goal is to document, preserve, and share this story with the world.
We invite you to be on our team!
Watch our 10-minute "Featurette" to view the project so far.
BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT, WE CAN:
Conduct our remaining staff, performer, patron, and celebrity interviews
Hire a music composer to create an original score
Complete post production, create a final edit and release
Screen at film festivals
Every dollar given directly impacts further production on our film! THANK YOU!!!
"Dragstrip 66: The Frockumentary" is co-executive produced and co-directed
by Phil Scanlon and DJ Paul V. Vitagliano and produced by Phil Scanlon
"Dragstrip 66 was a portal to another realm. Cutting-edge music, ground-breaking drag queens and a crowd of weirdos, party animals and freaks that transformed the night into a party like no other." - The Huffington Post
"Dragstrip 66 welcomed everybody that walked through the door, and that feeling of 'We're glad you're here!' is what made it such a success."
- Mink Stole, actress and Dragstrip 66 performer
"I remember I got obsessed with some makeup that some drag queens were wearing in the bathroom. I spent the whole night talking about makeup in the bathroom!"
- Jennifer Coolidge, actress and patron
“Long before RuPaul's Drag Race brought drag queendom into American living rooms, before Drew Droege earned YouTube hits as Chloe Sevigny, and before every club promoter began hiring a wig-wearing miss thang to host, there was Dragstrip 66!”
- Time Out LA
"It was all so messy and monstrous in a way that the West Hollywood guys would never tolerate. So even within the gay community it felt somewhat subversive."
- Jackie Beat, Dragstrip 66 performer
"Dragstrip 66 hosted performance nights with fabulous headliners such as Holly Woodlawn and Varla Jean Merman, and incomparable themes like 'Florence of Arabia' and 'Victor/Victoria’s Secret.'" - OUT Magazine
"Here was this little dingy restaurant with 5 million gay scenesters and drag queens packed inside. It was like a clown car, packed and fun as hell!" - The Boulet Brothers
"The dancefloor rocked it all from Marilyn Manson to Madonna, Nirvana to Nancy Sinatra, Duran Duran to Dr. Dre, ABBA to Ziggy Stardust.”
- DJ Paul V., Dragstrip 66 co-creator
“The club turned into a community-identified event. One could see a drag show elsewhere, but at Dragstrip 66 the patrons were a part of the show.”
- Gina Lotriman, Dragstrip 66 co-creator
"It was like Stonewall meeting Warhol meeting the Sunset Strip meeting Haight-Ashbury all in the aftermath of an AIDS-plagued decade. We were happy to party, and needed to party." - Scott Craig, co-owner of Akbar
"Dragstrip 66 carved out a niche for those who liked their nightlife somewhere between a John Waters film, a Bob Mackie fashion show, and a drunken punk dance party."
- LA Times
"Mini-skirted man-mobs in Technicolor wigs, sky-high heels and falsies practically mauled each other to get in. It was the most wonderfully outrageous mix of gay, bi, straight, and curious clubsters all converging on the dancefloor." - LA Weekly