About PrideArts

Rich Holton (left) and Jesse James Montoya in AFTERGLOW.

Huffington Post called PFP, “A powerful and empowering entity.”

With gay issues still so complex in this country, Pride Films and Plays was founded in 2010 to change lives by improving the quality of LGBT theater and film for this generation and those to come. Utilizing stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, we create powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.

We accomplish this mission through a season of Jeff eligible productions, film screenings, and special events like TransFest and LezFest designed to bring attention to underserved artists and audiences.

Pride Films and Plays is a non-profit theater company, and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Donations can be made online here, or checks made out to Pride Films and Plays can be mailed to Pride Arts Center, 4139 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613.


Pride Arts Center (PAC) has two theaters in Chicago’s Uptown/Buena Park neighborhood. The 85 seat Broadway is in what would have been the ballroom when our building was built as a hotel. The 45 seat Buena is a typical Chicago storefront.  They each have nice lobbies with washrooms and water fountains, and have plenty of heat and air conditioning.

Pride Films and Plays (PFP) is a non-profit that is the primary tenant in Pride Arts Center. Pride Films and Plays is budgeted to produce 4 shows in the bigger space and 2 in the smaller space.  PFP also produces a series of community outreach events – film fests, LezFest, cabaret or comedy shows – that generally have one or two performances.

The Broadway

We aspire to be a year round facility where people from the neighborhood and from around the globe can see excellent queer centric works which are essential viewing for all.

The Buena
The Ballroom Clock in the Broadway

Chicago theater lore insists the ballrooom, which is now the Broadway theater, was once a speakeasy, and the basement had tunnels to the lake (long before LSD was filled in) so they could get booze to the joint easily.