The Hollywood Theater
Doors at 5:30 p.m.; film at 7 p.m.
What is the world portrayed in the movie Magic Mike really like?
If you loved Steven Soderbergh’s 2012 hit film starring Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey, chronicling the lives of men working at the fictional Xquisite Strip Club, you won’t want to miss a new documentary made by one of the film’s stars. On Friday, June 27th, actor, filmmaker and Mt. Lebanon native Joe Manganiello, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, will host an exclusive screening of his directorial debut, La Bare, at Pittsburgh’s landmark Hollywood Theater in Dormont.
Teaming up with his brother Nick, Manganiello created La Bare after being inspired to explore the behind-the-scenes world of the iconic male strip club, La Bare Dallas, while shooting Soderbergh’s box office smash hit Magic Mike. Featuring thoughtful interviews and authentic first-person accounts, the fly-on-the-wall documentary explores “the depths of this strange and provocative world hidden in plain sight,” while revealing compelling portraits of men who live to entertain women. Equal parts shocking, hilarious, tragic and heartfelt, the film explores complex dimensions of the profession both on- and off-stage. Segments feature Randy “Master Blaster” Ricks who has been performing since the late 1970s, and who provides inspiration for younger dancers, along with his highly supportive and caring mom, Mary Lou.
On Friday, Manganiello will give back to his hometown, hosting the exclusive premiere as a fundraiser to support the Hollywood Theater and the Denis Theatre, two independent cinemas located in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. The special screening will be followed by an after-party at Ivy Pittsburgh in the Strip District. All proceeds from ticket sales will support the Hollywood and the Denis.
The documentary is produced by the Manganiello brothers via their recently launched production company, 3:59 Inc. The feature-length documentary, La Bare, marks the company’s first project and the directorial debut for Manganiello, who is best known for his film roles in Magic Mike, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Sabotage, and for playing werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO’s hit television series, True Blood. Nick’s entertainment industry experience includes positions with the Grammy’s, William Morris Agency, CBS and Intrepid Pictures.
Due to demand, independent distribution company Main Street Films has added cinemas in Atlanta and Philadelphia to the film’s current release schedule, which opens on June 27th in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Washington D.C.