Cinema Diverse! The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Cinema Diverse To Screen Madcap Comedy, THE RITZ, On Thursday, September 3rd.

Actress KAYE BALLARD to host VIP Reception.

On Thursday, September 3rd, Cinema Diverse, the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival • Palm Springs, will launch its new September Screening Series with a revival screening of the madcap comedy, THE RITZ. Local favorite Actress Kaye Ballard, who starred in the film, is scheduled to host a VIP Reception in advance of the screening, and provide an introduction the film, along with some great quips and anecdotes. “You know it was the first time a woman used the “F” word in a major motion picture,” Ballard laughs, “And of course I was the one who said it.”

Tony Award Winner Terrence McNally (LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!, MASTER CLASS) adapted his Broadway hit farce, THE RITZ, to spicy screen life with many of the show's zany original cast members: Jack Weston, Jerry Stiller and Academy Award winners F. Murray Abraham (AMADEUS) as a screaming queen to end all screaming queens, a young and buff Treat Williams, and the legendary Rita Moreno (WEST SIDE STORY). Moreno, who will be appearing live at the Palm Springs Art Museum's Annenberg Theater this coming November, reprised her Tony Award winning performance in the movie version of THE RITZ as the clueless Googie Gomez, a supremely aggressive but hopelessly untalented Latina who sees her potential stardom rising out of the attention she receives by performing in a New York City gay bathhouse called THE RITZ!

Acclaimed director Richard Lester (A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, PETULIA) directed the film version of THE RITZ, and served up an exercise in manic mayhem based on the story of a Cleveland sanitation company owner who is "married to the mob,”and inadvertently crosses his gangster brother-in-law. To avoid his brother-in-law’s hitmen, he “hides” in the "safest place in the world" - a gay bathhouse. So turn up the steam heat, break out the bath towels, check into THE RITZ and get ready for a true laugh riot!

For tickets and information about the screening of THE RITZ, and the Special VIP Reception with KAYE BALLARD, visit

Tickets are available for purchase at the Camelot Theatres Box Office, 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA, 92262, or by calling 760-325-6565.

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