While the cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is a flick for all-year round, it particularly shines around Halloween. As such, the screenings amp up around October. One of the premier spots to see it as at the iconic Music Box Theatre in Chicago.
“Join us as we do the Time Warp again! In this Music Box Halloween tradition, the classic cult musical is screened with a cast of actors provided by Midnight Madness who ensure that what’s happening in the audience is just as entertaining as what is on screen,” says the Music Box’s website.
“This notorious horror parody — a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock ‘n’ roll, among other things — tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). The film — a bizarre musical co-starring Meat Loaf and Richard O’Brien — bombed in its initial release but later gained a cult following at midnight showings.”
This was actually the first place I ever saw the film in its entirety, and it was an unforgettable experience. If you’re a newbie, you’re deemed a Rocky Virgin, and are branded with a “V” made with lipstick. You’re encouraged to dress in whatever crazy attire you see fit – this includes a lot of lingerie. And prop bags are sold with instructions of what to do with specific items during specific songs (for example, put your party hat on when they sing Happy Birthday to Rocky).
There’s a pre-party before the film, where the Midnight Madness crew runs around in costume, messing with the audience (and giving them candy!) There’s a DJ and clips of random TV shows and movies shown on the big screen. The bar is open during the whole event, so you can drink during the film. When the movie starts, the MM crew gets up and acts out the film as its going on behind them, often running into the crowd. It’s interactive, hilarious, and everything you’d want in a night of entertainment.
Check out the schedule below to get your tickets to the Halloween screening: