Doing the time warp at the Hippodrome State Theater

The Hippodrome State Theater, 25 S.E.  2 place,  screened The Rocky Horror Picture Show for the second time on Oct. 23.

The event was interactive as audiences were given prop bags to be used while watching the film. The prop bag contained objects such as bubbles, a party hat, confetti, a newspaper, a rubber glove, noisemakers, toilet paper, a bell and cards.

The prop bag also included instructions of when to use the props during the movie. For example, in the opening scene of the wedding just before the musical number “Dammit, Janet”, audiences have to blow bubbles.


Before the film began, a woman dressed as the character Dr. Frank-N-Furter called up members of the audience that have either never seen the film before or never seen it live in the theater(traditionally called virgins) to the stage.

Audiences used props while watching the film. Some audiences did call outs, which is also traditional during screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In scenes where either Brad or Janet introduced themselves, audiences would yell out “asshole” or “slut.” There is also the famous scene during the musical number “Sweet Transvestite” where Dr. Frank-N-Furter says, “I see you shiver with antici…pation.” During that scene, audiences yell out, “Just say it.”

Audiences also danced along to “Time Warp.”

Sarah Kunkler, Cinema Director, said this is their third year of screening The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The theater used to show the play with actors playing the characters, though they are only allowed one Halloween show for each year and showing the film allows flexibility.

Kunkler said that many people come out to watch the film, even those who were students from 1975.

“Many people love the movie,” Kunkler said.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult classic film directed by Jim Sharman based on Richard O’Brien’s 1973 musical. The film stars Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania; Susan Sarandon as Janet Weiss, the heroine; Barry Bostwick as Brad Majors, the hero; Patricia Quinn as Magenta, a domestic; Nell Campbell as Columbia, a groupie; and Richard O’Brien himself as Riff Raff, a handyman. The film is also features musician Meat Loaf as Eddie, an ex-delivery boy.

The Hippodrome State Theater will have their last two shows this weekend on Friday and Saturday at 11 p.m. Both shows are sold out.


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