Does The Rocky Horror Picture Show need any introduction? It’s a cultural artifact with unlimited lifespan — it creates new audiences for itself each screening, and will most likely continue to be shown in theatres until the end of linear time. The plot of RHPS basically doesn’t matter (but here it is in brief anyway: an engaged couple get lost and wander to a nearby castle where they are captured, kind of, by a Transylvanian doctor in lingerie and his entourage who are attempting to create a life form but are actually in some cases space aliens – it’s complicated); all that matters is the experience of seeing it. The audience owns the movie now. They sing along, dress in costume, go through lines, perform alongside the film as it plays.
And if you’re a “virgin”, as first-timers are known, this is a perfect opportunity to learn what you’ve been missing all these years: A shadow cast will provide a live pre-show at 10:00pm and audience participation throughout the film. Guests are encouraged to bring their own toilet paper, cards, newspapers, toast and other props – but please, no hot dogs, rice or water guns. For a great audience-participation guide, visit www.badmovies.org/movies/rockyhorror/audience/ (Site contains adult language and content!)
Tickets for The Rocky Horror Picture Show are $15 for general admission and $12 for Tampa Theatre Members, available at the box office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street in downtown Tampa, or online at TampaTheatre.org (service fees apply).
1975 / R / 1h 40m / Musical