The Main Documentary

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 In 1982 Bob Jansen was fired from his job as a college professor for being gay. After suing the institution that fired him, he took his settlement money to open the first openly gay bar in the Duluth, Minnesota/Superior, Wisconsin region: The Main Club. The Main follows Jansen's history and the history of the bar while exploring social trends that may threaten the continued existence of historically significant queer spaces like The Main Club.

An initial supporter of the Karen Thompson/Sharon Kowalski case, a resource for early AIDS education, and a place for relaxing and organizing, The Main Club struggles to maintain its relevancy. The story of The Main is the story of gay bars across the country.