Frequently Asked Questions
So you're thinking to yourself, what does actually go on at The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Is it some sort of cult? Is it a movie? Is it a play? Is it a safe environment? Is the government reading my e-mails? The answer to all these questions and more is "Yes. Now give us your money". Read on unconventional conventionalists!
What the hell is this?
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult movie that has been running in theaters since 1975 which was adapted from the stage musical, The Rocky Horror Show.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is basically 50% movie, 50% play, and 100% participation. The show involves not only a performance of the movie musical in front of the movie screen, but spontaneous improvisation by our cast members, and audience participation as well.
What in the hell am I doing here?
It is a safe environment - drugs, alcohol, sex and nudity are NOT allowed at the show. This is not to say that there aren't scantily clad women and a whole bunch of explicit language. The show has a lot of sexual humor in it. But it's safer than almost anything else you can do on a Saturday night.
Is this show right for me?
The kind of people that have fun here are the kind of people that can enjoy laughing at themselves, making fun of others, and generally have a good (albeit sometimes offensive) sense of humor. And we tend to attract that sorta group to our audience and they seem to stick around and continually pay money to do so on a semi-weekly basis. Silly people. But hey, can't blame people for knowing what they like.
The move is rated R however, so you need to be at least 17 years of age or get your awesome parents to accompany you and you can build a really unique bond together.
Okay, you've charmed me....Could I get tickets in advance?
You bet your sweet bippy you eager beavers! Tickets for each Saturday's show go on sale from Bow Tie by the Tuesday before that Saturday's show. You can usually get tickets day of without a problem but encourage you to buy in advance for theme nights and Halloween.
When is dressing up encouraged?
You got a tube top you have been wanting to break out? That Superman cape and lacey briefs gathering dust? We encourage our audience to dress up for any and every show! We do have special theme shows where we do contest for audience costumes too but every show is a good time to dress up in your classiest slut heels.
Anything going on before the show?
The show starts at midnight, but some people start gathering at the theatre sometimes as early as 11:30. We have no idea why. It might be to socialize. It might be because they have nothing better to do on a Saturday night. It might be there is a strange rumor on free candy. But if you are looking for a place to be before the show, the lobby is it.
Music is playing for people as they file into the theater for our video dance party! We encourage our audience to get up on the stage and dance with cast members, regulars, virgins and that guy with the glow sticks! This is the time to get pumped up for the show!
Buy some swag!
Prop bags are $3
Posters are $5
T-Shirts are $25
Buttons are $1
Bumper Stickers are $3
What's that you say about "devirginization?"
Those of you who have never seen the show before are considered "Virgins". If you've seen it on Comedy Central, or VH1, or Fox it doesn't count. And fuck you if you streamed it online. The only way you can officially lose the stigma of being a virgin is if you see the show at a movie theatre and go through a process known as devirginization. It's a relatively harmless process albeit somewhat humiliating. But it's all good clean fun. Usually...
Now...I know are you thinking "What are they are gonna do to me". It's about what are you willing to put yourself through for a good laugh. We won't make you do anything horrible. You will be put through just a few moments of humiliation and its over with. After you go through it you can bring your friends the next week and have them go through the same thing. Its not something for someone who has not mastered a sense of humor.
So is there still a movie in here?
We act out what's going on in the movie on our stage. We aim for replica costume pieces and we have a really impressive battery of props. We have a full cast that imitates each character from the movie while it's happening. And we mimic verbatim what is happening on the screen right there in the theatre... Sort of.
Truth be told, we try not to bore you with robotic accuracy. We cut up and improvise and we make it a lot more interesting than what's going on, on the screen. If you want to see a show that does EXACTLY what's happening on screen, you can buy the Blu-Ray. The goal is to give the audience their seven bucks worth and then laugh another fifty cent worth of beverage out of their noses.
While the silly people on stage acting out the scenes in the film are a big part of the show, the biggest part of the show is actually the audience. And it's the hardest part to explain. It's started out years ago relatively simple - someone yelled something funny at the screen. It was sort of a precursor to Mystery Science Theatre 3000. This evolved from people yelling stuff at the screen to people throwing things - like rice, toast and toilet paper - at appropriate places in the movie. Now it's morphed into something much bigger. The audience shouts their lines, throws stuff, dances, and gets completely immersed in what's happening on screen, on the stage and in the entire theatre.
Feeling overwhelmed and afraid of showing up your first time and not knowing what the hell you are supposed to do? Don't worry about it. Just show up, sit back and enjoy the show. The regulars in the audience will show you the way. You can also buy a prop bag before the show for $5, these include all of the props! You too can throw toast, just like a seasoned Rocky audience veteran. This way, you'll blend.
Be forewarned! There is swearing, there are offensive remarks, and language, there is a lot of scantily clad people and transvestites running around. There are large, somewhat phallic props, if this does not make you go "yay" sorry, no refunds. Just kidding. Sorrynotsorry.
You don't have to go home....but you can't stay here
When the show comes to an end everyone leaves the theatre and putters about outside. The cast cleans up, strikes the props, and changes out of costume. After some more puttering about outside most people go to a local diner for some good eats. Ask a cast member which one it will be that week, most likely whatever diner hasn't pissed us off/kicked us out the week before.