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Plates will fly, rain will fall, and confetti will be thrown when the Florida Theatre presents a screening of the cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” on Saturday, October 26. The evening’s festivities will begin at 8:00pm with performances by The 77d’s and Jacksonville’s own “Queen of Cabaret,” Miss Karrissa Wade. Doors open at 7:00pm, The 77d’s perform at 8:00pm, and the film will begin at 9:00pm.
The interactive and in-your-face party will feature all your favorites, including “Sweet Transvestite”, “Damn it Janet”, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting “TIME WARP”. The movie, a musical comedy/horror film based on a musical by Richard O’Brien, developed its devoted audience when it became a mainstay for midnight showings in theaters around the country in 1977 that allowed costumes and props.
Guests will be greeted by Miss Karrissa Wade, female impersonator and popular host of local hotspot Hamburger Mary’s infamous “Drag Queen Bingo”, who will serve as the night’s “Mistress of Ceremonies”. The performer, playwright, and community activist is no stranger to stage or screen having played numerous clubs and theatres over the past 20 years, including the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter many times. She has appeared with such groups as Kluthos Cabaret and starred in the hit CW17-TV series “In the Pits”. Karrissa is a regular at Hamburger Mary’s of Jacksonville, performing there 3 nights a week for various charities.
Also appearing will be the Jacksonville rockabilly band, The 77d’s. Formed in 2002, The 77d’s have 2 albums on CD and have appeared at the world famous Rock ‘N’ Bowl in New Orleans. Artists they’ve played with include Southern Culture on the Skids, Dwight Yoakam, Dick Dale, the late Vic Chestnutt, Marcia Ball, and Jim White and Cowboy Mouth.
Halloween is considered to be the “birthday” of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every year thousands of people across the nation purchase tickets to special showings of the cult classic. Attendees are encouraged to arrive dressed as any of the Rocky Horror characters, or anything wild, exotic & crazy, and bring the various accessories needed to interact with the scenes on screen – from confetti and newspapers, to water pistols and balloons – more about that below.
Fans of Rocky Horror agree that attending a live screening is a completely different experience from watching the movie at home. The film is enhanced by audience participation throughout. Halloween is the perfect time of year for both Rocky Horror veterans and people who are interested in experiencing this midnight movie classic for the first time.
Attendees will be encouraged to throw confetti during a wedding scene and cover their head with newspaper when it rains, as well as other oddities throughout the movie. Some of the items that will be allowed include: balloons, glow sticks, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, paper plates, sponges, playing cards, and rope. Items that will NOT be allowed include: hot dogs, prunes, toast, rice, and other food items. A comprehensive list of those items that will be allowed in the historic venue is available on the theatre’s website and will be sent to ticket holders before the show.
Tickets for this wild and wacky night are on sale now for only $15.50 and may be purchased at The Florida Theater Box Office at 904-355-ARTS or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Hamburger Mary’s on Beach Blvd. will keep the fun alive as the official Rocky Horror After Party, ensuring the night doesn’t end young! Present your ticket stub from The Rocky Horror Picture Show or come dressed as your favorite character and enjoy specially-priced drinks all night long!
About The Rocky Horror Picture Show
On the way to visit an old college professor, two clean cut kids, Brad Majors and his fiancée Janet Weiss, run into trouble and seek help at the site of a light down the road. It’s coming from the Frankenstein place, where Dr. Frank N. Furter is in the midst of one of his maniacal experiments. Follow squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget, with the scandalous Riff Raff, rippling Rocky , vivacious Magenta, and a crew of creatures you’ll never forget! The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been playing regularly as a midnight movie for more than 30 years.
This film is the ultimate cult classic: audience members get involved during by shouting “call-backs” during the performance and dancing The Time Warp. The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been thrilling audiences across the globe for more than 3 decades, and shows no signs of slowing down.
About the Florida Theatre
The historic Florida Theatre first opened in 1927, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is managed and programmed by the Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. Over 125,000 people a year attend music, dance, theatre, film and arts education programs at the theatre, resulting in an economic impact of over $7 million a year for downtown Jacksonville. For more information visit or call 904-355-ARTS.