The LIVE cast of Science Fiction Double Feature is back on in front of the screen for its August 27 show. The Sci Fi Center presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show inside Core Contemporary Gallery's spacious performance area; come dressed up, bring virgins, and enjoy the show.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film based on the 1973 musical stage production Rocky Horror Show, with music, book, and lyrics by O'Brien. The production is a parody tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the 1930s through to the early 1960s.
The initial reception was extremely negative, but it soon became a hit as a midnight movie when audiences began participating in the film at the Waverly Theater in New York City in 1976. Audience members returned to the cinemas frequently and talked back to the screen, and began dressing as the characters, spawning similar performance groups across the United States. At almost the same time, fans in costume at the King's Court Theater in Pittsburgh began performing alongside the film. This "shadow cast" mimed the actions on the screen above and behind them while lip-syncing their character's lines.
Still, in release 46 years after its premiere, it is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. In many cities, live amateur shadow-casts act out the film as it is being shown and heavily draw upon a tradition of audience participation. In 2005, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
The Contemporary Gallery is located at 900 Karen Ave. Suite D222, Orleans Square in Commercial Center. Click here to purchase tickets.