A legendary B-movie  from the 1970s,  “Saturday Night at the Baths” was one of the first American films to tackle openly gay issues. The plot surrounds Michael, a freshly minted New Yorker and musician,  “and his struggle to discover how and where he fits in society. “  Michael,  in an effort to boast his career,  takes a job as a musical performer at the famous Continental Baths, and by doing so discovers quite a bit about his own burgeoning sexuality.

The movie  was the only one filmed inside the Continental, and it offers a rare “pre-AIDS crisis”  glimpse of both the performances and sexual comings and goings of the now legendary bathhouse.  This film is  part social document, part infomercial for the Continental Baths–Continental owner, Steve Ostrow makes a cameo in the film and is credited as a producer–and part soapy melodrama.

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