Get ready to do the Time Warp one more time ... and a whole lot more after that ... because The Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating its 10th anniversary of a continuous run at Hollywood Bar & Filmworks, 247 S. Meridian St. (231-9250; www.Filmworksonline.com). The event will take place at midnight Oct. 22 and 23, admission is $3.99 and audience prop kits will be available for $2 (outside props are forbidden).
This is the print Hollywood Bar obtained from London 10 years ago in pristine, re-mastered condition with several scenes cut from the original, and after 600 runs, it's said to still look as good as ever.
"I know a lot of the older Rocky Horror films that have been circulating out there have been crackling and broken," said Jill Sawyer, marketing and promotions director for Hollywood Bar.
If that bit about "audience participation kits" confused you up in the first paragraph, here's a super-short primer: Rocky was a bizarre science fiction musical comedy starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick, all at the start of their careers in the early 1970s. It's since evolved into a cult hit of mammoth proportions, with audience members dressing up as the characters, on-stage actors mimicking the show and everyone throwing stuff at the screen. No, it's not supposed to make sense.
"It's been an amazing cult following," Sawyer said. "It's so not the normal movie. Back when they filmed it, it was a really big stretch for the actors to do."
On hand for the Oct. 22 and 23 screenings will be the world's biggest Rocky fan, Sal Piro, president of the International Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Club, author of Creatures of the Night and The Official RHPS Audience Participation Handbook, and MC/producer of some of the biggest Rocky Horror celebrations in the past, including the televised 25th anniversary show from Las Vegas. He'll be bringing his unique take on the saga to the stage as he MCs and screens some of his own exclusive footage of the celebrations and interviews with the stars.
Rocky Horror screens every weekend in October, the second and fourth weekends of November and December, and monthly thereafter.