Skin flick to air beyond Disney's grasp 

After a week in a Disney-induced funk, the Central Florida Film & Video Festival has rescheduled its opening-night showing at a theater in Winter Park. "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," arguably the most famous film by Russ Meyer, "the King of the Nudies," now will be shown at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Park 11, at Lee Road and Hwy. 17-92. The film was to be shown at the Pleasure Island 24 in Downtown Disney until the AMC theater canceled it last week for fear that showing the NC-17 film would upset its landlord, the Walt Disney Co. While not as luxurious as the theaters at Pleasure Island, the ambience of the Park 11, a second-run theater that attracts a more diverse crowd, is probably a better fit for the Meyer film. "There's a whole bunch of different classes here. I don't have any problem showing it," says John Parigros, the theater's manager. While AMC apparently knuckled under to Disney, Parigros says his theater could care less about content that, at least upon the film's initial 1971 release, was considered racy. "Disney doesn't own us. We kind of do whatever we want to," he says. Meyer and Manny Diaz, who co-wrote the film with film critic Roger Ebert, will attend the opening-night party afterward at the new Knock Knock Club, at 50 E. Central Blvd. downtown. Mickey Mouse is not expected.

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