The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This evergreen late-night classic and its audience’s zealous commitment to repeat viewings, shadow plays, elaborate cosplay, and practically mandatory audience participation might just make The Rocky Horror Picture Show the ultimate cult movie. After running at Greenwich Village’s Waverly Theater in 1976 for 95 weeks, Dr. Frank-N-Furter and the “Time Warp” flourished nationwide in the midnight hour in hubs like Austin, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Honolulu. Shortly after its premiere, a near-religious devotion to the magic of Rocky Horror’s theatrical experience made its way to Los Angeles’s Nuart Theatre, which first launched weekly Saturday night screenings in September 1986 that continue to this day.

DIRECTED BY: Jim Sharman. WRITTEN BY: Jim Sharman, Richard O’Brien. WITH: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien. 1975. 100 min. UK/USA. Color. English. Rated R. DCP.

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