Thanks to reader Douglas for letting us know all about the 1977 Canadian movie Outrageous! Starring female impersonator Craig Russell, the film tells the story of Robin, a gay hairdresser who leaves the Great White North for New York City to make it as a drag star.
Robin arrives in New York and takes a cab through Times Square to 10th Avenue, "the real street of broken dreams" as the gay leatherman cabbie describes it. Off the Meatpacking District, they pass The Anvil and The Ramrod--with a view of the newly risen Twin Towers.
Heading along the High Line (when trucks still parked beneath it), Robin and the cab driver end up at a place called The Jack Rabbit Club, a leather-and-Levi's drag bar with a ceiling dripping with tinsel and inflatable bunnies.
Douglas asks us, "Was this a real bar? The movie was made on a really small budget, so I doubt they would just create a bar. Cheaper to use a real one." Does anyone recognize the place?
The entire movie can be seen on youtube. The New York City section begins around 58:30 and it's filled with great street footage of the Village, too. Take a look and let us know if you remember the Jack Rabbit, the Morris Department Store on Christopher and Bleecker, Don's Hideaway Restaurant, and more.