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SF Nudity: Castro Theatre Manager Freaks Out!

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Published on Sep 22, 2012

The debate over public nudity heats up in San Francisco. Several nudists, including a former SF mayoral candidate, celebrating Park(ing) Day by turning a parking space into the Garden of Eden beneath the iconic Castro Theater marquee. The Castro's livid general manager, Keith Arnold, interrupted interviews by repeatedly striking a news cameraman with a clip board (at 2:25) and forcing the law-biding nudists to move one store front down Castro street. The Reel Gay news cameraman Mike Skiff (who is also a documentary filmmaker covering events during Leather Pride Week is SF) filed a criminal complaint with the SFPD against the theater manager.

Irony abounds as the operator of a movie house, long known in the SF gay community for screening boundary-pushing indie artistic expression, acts intolerantly against a group of nudists who have creating a mini urban art space, and then assault a working member of the gay press covering the news story in broad daylight on the public street beneath his marquee.

It is legal to be nude in public in San Francisco - within certain limits. The Castro neighborhood has become a daily hangout for urban nudists. The neighborhood itself has seen a shift in demographics over the past last five decades as more straight owned businesses and families with children move into the once gay enclave.

Arnold says he's "tolerant of kids not having cocks in their faces."

San Francisco, CA - September 21, 2012 Mike Skiff Reporting

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