Time Warp comes to Pittsburg
Gretchen Burns | Collegio Reporter
The Time Warp is coming to town. The Colonial Fox Theater will show “Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Friday, Sept. 21, on the mural outside the theater.
It has long been featured in midnight showings for more than 30 years, even though the movie was a bust when it debuted in 1975. That was before fans began to participate in the movie in 1977, when people started singing along with songs and dancing in theater aisles, which has made “Rocky Horror Picture Show” the longest running theatrical release in film history.
Ross Schartel says he has attended several viewings of “Rocky Horror” and plans to see it Friday.
“I’ve seen it once in Kansas City and another time in Chicago,” said Schartel, junior in history. “I’m going Friday because, why the hell wouldn’t I? It’s a great movie, and a fun time to be had and shared with others.”
Other students, like Jennifer Clark, agree.
“I enjoy the movie,” said Clark, junior in psychology. “But the crowd interaction is really fun.”Many fans who attend and participate in “Rocky Horror” dress up as characters and buy prop bags containing rice, newspapers, water pistols, toilet paper, toast, confetti and noisemakers, as well as various other items. These props are used to interact with the movie.
Schartel says he will be dressing up. However, he says he doesn’t have access to the supplies needed to make a good costume, so he will not be in character, although he plans to purchase a prop bag to participate.
“Of course I will buy a prop bag, though, I will bring my promotional water pistol given to me at the Chicago playing I went to three years ago,” Schartel said.
Mercedes Brink says she is excited to see the movie again, and will dress up in costume for the first time.
“I’ll be dressed as Magenta,” said Brink, junior in art education. “And I will be doing the Time Warp when the song comes on.”
Brink says she will probably buy a prop bag.
“I may throw toast,” Brink said.
The Colonial Fox Theater shows other movies throughout the year to raise money for renovations, which would help bring the downtown district of Pittsburg back to life. Future movies that will be shown this year include “The Goonies” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19, and “The Polar Express” at 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 11.
“Rocky Horror” features Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Susan Sarandon. The movie will begin at 8 p.m. Friday. A $5 donation is suggested. Prop bags and concessions will be available for purchase.