BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) — The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been shown continuously since its release in 1975.
Luckily for the people of Beckley, there will be a special Halloween screening of the film at the Raleigh Playhouse and Theater on October 28 starting at 8 p.m.
The legend that became The Rocky Horror Picture Show began in 1973 in London as a musical play in a small studio above the Royal Court Theatre. The show was instantly popular and quickly spread to Los Angeles, where it hit the big screen. When the film first aired in 1975, it was a commercial flop. Despite its lackluster performance, the film quickly became a cult classic. It didn’t begin airing at midnight until April 1, 1976, at the Waverly Theater in New York City, and has been streaming ever since. It resonated with people who felt they didn’t fit into mainstream society. Fans came back to watch it again and again and turned the movie into a performance play. Fans would perform their favorite parts, arriving in costume, responding to character lines and tossing props on screen during the screening.
Despite the ups and downs of the pandemic shutdowns, the film managed to survive. Fans continue to yell at the characters and bombard the screen with props. Although satirical and fairly carefree, the film became sentimental and important to generations of viewers. From humble beginnings, the cult fan base has grown The Rocky Horror Picture into a phenomenon that has grossed over $170 million worldwide after a 47-year run.
Beckley’s Halloween Screening is hosted by Beckley Pride and Raleigh Playhouse and Theatre. Tickets are $5 each and prop bags will be available at the door for an additional $5. Fans and the uninitiated are sure to enjoy the interactive experience.
For more information on the film and what fans are saying about it, visit www.rockyhorror.com for the official fan site.