The cult classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" will play in a special one-time Halloween-weekend show on Sat., Oct. 29 in the IMAX® Theater of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Only the aquarium offers Dr. Frank-N-Furter 60 feet tall. No one else offers Meat Loaf blasting "Hot Patootie/Bless My Soul" on a 10,000-watt digital surround-sound system. In addition, a professional theatrical group from New York, cast as key players in the "Rocky Horror" story, will be on-hand before, during and after the aquarium's 9 p.m. screening.
"Having the acting troupe here -- dressed for `Rocky Horror' -- will give the audience a `Rocky Horror' experience beyond the already novel fun of seeing the film on a giant screen," said Chris Loynd, the aquarium's marketing director.
"Besides just looking the part, the acting troupe will step up at all the right times to lead the audience interactions," Loynd added. "But we still encourage the audience to come dressed as their favorite `Rocky Horror' characters and to bring props too."
Besides dressing up, audience members can bring such appropriate items as rubber gloves, newspapers, umbrellas and party horns.
However, only the "Rocky Horror" theatrical troupe and aquarium staff will handle "interactive" elements involving rain, rice and toast. No throwing items at the screen.
A low-budget 20th Century Fox release, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" debuted in 1975 but wasn't successful until a Manhattan theater began showing it as a midnight movie the following year. Thirty-five years later, the musical comedy is now the longest-running theatrical release ever.
In this send-up of science-fiction B-movies of the 1940s, '50s and '60s, newly engaged innocents Brad and Janet (Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon) get a flat tire and seek help in a castle owned by Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania." Death, sex, Meat Loaf and mayhem ensue.
The 98-minute film is rated R for brief nudity, sexual content, violence, language, frightening scenes and drug content.
The special "Rocky Horror" screening will pre-empt the regularly scheduled 9 p.m. showing of "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2," which will still be available at 6:10 p.m. on the 29. This finale in the "Harry Potter" film series regularly plays at 6:10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and at 6:10 and 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30.
Tickets for "The Rocky Horror Show & Experience" are $15 ($12.50 for aquarium members). Tickets are available at www.maritimeaquarium.org or by calling 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.