Break out the water pistols, newspapers and rice: Cloverdale will be doing the Time Warp this Halloween.
The Clova Cinema is bringing the Rocky Horror Picture Show to the silver screen for a 7 p.m. show Oct. 31. If that show sells out, a second show will be added.
All proceeds will be going towards the single-screen movie house’s conversion to a digital projection system, a goal that’s becoming ever more pressing for the 66-year-old cinema.
“Sadly, the reason why we got the movie to begin with is the fact that we’re the last movie theatre to convert, and managed to snag the only film copy there is,” Clova staffer Samantha LeDrew told newsletter subscribers. “So it is a good and bad thing that we haven’t converted yet.”
The theatre had put a call-out for performing arts groups wanting to stage a live version of the musical, anticipating it would be unable to track down a version to screen on Halloween.
But yesterday came word that the Clova will be showing the movie, as originally hoped.
Originally a stage musical, the Rocky Horror Picture Show was turned into a 1975 film that became a cult favourite with audience members who quoted dialogue, danced along, and mirrored the action on screen using props at midnight screenings.
The film is a send-up of the Sci-Fi B-movie tradition, and has spawned generations of Time Warpers.
It follows hunky square Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and his fiancee Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) on a rain-soaked adventure to the mansion of Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry), a corseted, high-heeled-wearing scientist whose mansion is filled with the Time-Warping denizens of a distant galaxy of Transylvania.
Costumes encouraged, as are props. Or, purchase a prop bag by donation (minimum $5).
Admission to this special presentation is $10 at the box office, or $15 at the door on Halloween.
Note: the film is rated PG.