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A “Little Mermaid” Sing-a-Long At The Castro

A "Little Mermaid" Sing-a-Long At The Castro

I said so long to a week in San Francisco last night by taking in the extreme nostalgia that was a sing-a-long screening of “The Little Mermaid” at the famed Castro Theater. I’d never been to San Francisco, and for the first time in ages was visiting a city without a film festival dictating my schedule, so I definitely dropped off of blogosphere and took in what is – despite all the ridiculous hype – an underrated city. Endlessly gorgeous in both nature and architecture… exuding this serene energy that is not at all boring… full of warm, happy people… As far as I’m concerned, it’s the dreamiest city in America. Case in point: On a Monday night, its people packed the 1,400 seat Castro for a sing-a-long screening of “The Little Mermaid.” From nostalgic 1980s-born gay boys to Ariel-dressed drag queens to parents and their children, it was an atmosphere that easily ignited chills. Especially when you’re me, who was saw “The Little Mermaid” in the movie theater at least 10 times (I turned 6 in the midst of its release), and it was also the first VHS my parents ever bought me, and would more or less watch it weekly. I hadn’t seen the film in at least a decade, but every frame, line and musical note came back to me instantly (though it also seemed remarkably gayer than I remembered.. right down to Ursala clearly being inspired by Divine). To sing along to “Part of Your World,” “Under The Sea,” “Kiss The Girl,” etc… Was downright euphoric, especially when it came at the end of a pretty magical little week in the SF. Figuring this was one opportunity to share, I recorded a couple of (poorly filmed) videos from the event, so if you’re an 80s kid with some “Little Mermaid” in their heart, enjoy:

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