Pool table at the Lexington Club. Photo by Queena Sook Kim

Tonight is the final night of service at the the queerly beloved Lexington Club. But just because the “neighborhood dyke bar” is shutting down, doesn’t mean the Lexington is over, over. It will live on in memory and then some.

While several fans hope to put up a plaque to mark the bar’s long history as a queer space, a group of filmmakers aim to remember the Lexington into the future via a multimedia documentary project called the Lexington Archival Project.

The archival project, helmed by filmmakers Lauren Tabak and Susie Smith, has been collecting Lex memorabilia and as well as interviewing patrons and employees about what the bar meant in their lives. They’re in the works of using their collected footage to create a feature length documentary.

In a fitting moment of memory persisting, while physical spaces fade away, the San Francisco International Film Festival will screen a short version of the Lexington Archival Project’s work-in-progress called Never a Cover tonight. Also tonight, there’s no cover at the Lexington Club for what will be the last time ever.

Details about the film screening can be found here. The Lexington Club’s owner Lila Thirkield shares her feelings about shutting down the beloved club in a video from the project’s Kickstarter page below:

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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