Queen of the Deuce

The unbelievable true story of Chelly Wilson, who escaped the Holocaust and built a porn cinema empire in New York City in the 1970s. Chelly was a Greek-born, Christmas-celebrating, Jewish grandma, who married men but was openly gay. This documentary charts her unlikely rise to wealth as a shrewd businesswoman on “The Deuce,” aka New York’s infamous 42nd Street.

“An affectionate portrait of Chelly as a one-of-a-kind trailblazer . . . all while also providing a vivid snapshot of New York City during its daring and dangerous pre-sanitized era.”

The Daily Beast

“Entertainingly relates the saga of a refugee from Nazi Europe whose American Dream was realized via 42nd St. raunch.”


“A fascinating, colorful portrait.”

Screen International

“A wild story.”

POV Magazine

awards & festivals


Venue City Opening Date
IFC Center New York, NY 05/23/2024
The Guild Albuquerque, NM 05/31/2024
Center For The Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, NM 05/31/2024
Sie Film Center Denver, CO 06/07/2024
O'Cinema South Beach Miami Beach, FL 06/07/2024
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland, OH 06/09/2024
Tomorrow Theater Portland, OR 07/13/2024
= one-off screening