‘Rocky Horror’ returns for a second showing

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Following a successful first show, Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick Street) will present this year’s second and final screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Pre-show festivities begin at 7 p.m. and the movie itself will begin at 8 p.m. The show will take place outdoors in the tunnel between Cinema Capitol and Capitol Theatre.

Each $15 ticket includes admission, pizza donated by Boyz from Italy (while supplies last), a prop kit, and one drink token. Drink tokens can be redeemed at the Capitol’s concession stand or at the Character Coffee Mobile Cart.

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a mad scientist of sorts. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is beloved for its rich history of audience participation. This year, prop kits will contain items that do not pose COVID-related complications. An explanation of each item in the kit will be made prior to the movie so the uninitiated can become familiar with the event.

Following last week’s show, the Capitol’s Assistant Director Julie Whittemore explained that “it was a challenging, rainy night but we were able to shift the show under cover of the tunnel and it worked great. The thunderstorm actually added to the atmosphere. “We’ll be doing all of our outdoor shows in the tunnel now since weather is so unpredictable and it makes for a cozy atmosphere while also allowing for social distancing. Everyone had a good time, whether they had seen ‘Rocky Horror’ before or not.”

The Capitol is taking many precautions to ensure that this year’s shows are safe for all. They are strictly prohibiting the throwing and sharing of items. Patrons must wear masks when not seated for the movie and parties will be seated at least 6 feet apart. Admission is limited to 50 people per screening.

Patrons are asked to bring their own lawn chairs but these can be provided if necessary. Warm blankets or coats are also recommended. The concession stand will be open with fresh popcorn, candy, and hot and cold beverages. Restrooms will be available.

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