Paramount at the Movies Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show [R]

Paramount at the Movies Presents: The Rocky Horror Picture Show [R]

Movies | 10/29/2022 | 9:00PM

1975 | R | Runtime: 100 minutes

Wearing a mask while inside the Theater is optional.

In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon), stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a cross-dressing scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and a creepy butler (Richard O’Brien). Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

Image credits: Criterion Pictures

Description and facts: IMDB

Dress in your favorite Rocky Horror get-up for our annual costume contest! 

There will also be a live shadowcast for this year’s screening! Come see the actors on film come to life with Voyeuristic Intention as they perform while the movie plays on central Virginia’s biggest screen. Voyeuristic Intention, the first and only Rocky Horror Picture Show Club at UVA, is welcome to any student with an appreciation for the cult classic film. Each year they put on two shadowcast productions of the movie. The club prides themselves on inclusivity and freedom of expression, offering every student wanting to join a role without any audition. Get out your fishnets and join the group this November at The Paramount in a celebration of the wildness that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show



Did you know?

  • When Barry Bostwick pounds his fist on the table during the dinner scene, he accidentally pounded on the hand of Susan Sarandon. The reaction from Sarandon is prominent and real. She got her revenge by (accidentally) stepping on Bostwick’s foot with her spike heel during the Floor Show scene. His reaction is also visible.
  • Dr. Everett V. Scott crashes through the wall for his entrance because the set builders forgot to put an extra door in the lab set.
  • The order in which Frank turns on the colored spigots while creating Rocky Horror was not random. Each color was being rapidly shouted at Tim Curry by someone off-screen. During the second close-up, a brief look of confusion can be seen on Curry’s face as he scrambled to find the right color.
  • Patricia Quinn’s hair was not dyed, but sprayed red every day of shooting.


Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) about the Paramount Theater’s screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Our goal is to provide a safe, enjoyable, and authentic “Rocky Horror experience,” without damage to person, property, or the historic Paramount Theater. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

1. Is there other entertainment that night?
We will be hosting a costume contest for all audience members. If you would like to enter the contest you will need to be registered by 9:00pm inside the theater.

2. Is the stage open during the movie?
No. We will have a shadowcast, so we will not have the stage open to audience members.

3. Can I use props?
Yes, The Paramount will sell a limited amount of “prop kits.” You may bring your own as well but there are some rules and restrictions.

4. Well, what are those rules and restrictions?
Yes. Please note the following:

• The Paramount Theater reserves the right to determine what is allowed into the venue.
• All persons and property are subject to search upon entry.
• Anything that is not allowed will be confiscated.
• Foodstuffs are explicitly not allowed. They create a slip hazard, are hard to clean, and will spoil and attract rodents and vermin. This includes, but is not limited to Rocky Horror props like rice, toast, hot dogs, and prunes.
• The use of lighters and matches is prohibited. They’re obviously a fire hazard.
• Do not throw anything at the screen. It’s expensive and we might prosecute if damaged.
• Do not throw anything at anyone else. They might prosecute if damaged.
• Violators will be subject to ejection without warning.

Here is a somewhat comprehensive list of what is and is not allowed, along with suggestions for their use during the movie:


Allowed? Yes. Use: During the song “Science Fiction Double Feature,” pop the balloon when the movie When Worlds Collide is mentioned.


Allowed? NO! Why? It is very difficult to clean, it makes the floor slippery, and can attract rodents and vermin.


Allowed? NO. Why? It is very difficult to clean, it makes the floor slippery, and it’s known as the herpes of art supplies.

Large “J”-“A”-“N”-“E”-“T” cards

Allowed? Yes. Use: during “Dammit Janet” when Brad says Janet’s name, and also when he spells out Janet’s name, use each letter as he spells it.

Large “Oh” “B”-“R”-“A”-“D” cards

Allowed? Yes. Use: during “Dammit Janet.”

Water Guns

Allowed? Yes. HOWEVER, only water guns the size of your palm will be permitted into the theater. Use: during the song “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place),” after they get out of the car, and are walking in the rain. Don’t squirt directly at any performers or audience members!

Tommy Guns

Allowed? No. Why? Because.

Glow Sticks and Flashlights

Allowed? Yes. Use: During the song “There’s a Light (Over at the Frankenstein Place),” wave your light during the chorus of “There’s a Light.” Conceal it when they say, “In the darkness.”

Fire Hazards

Allowed? No.

Lighters and Matches

Allowed? No. They’re fire hazards.

Rubber Gloves

Allowed? Yes. Use: During Frank’s speech at the tank when he puts on the gloves, stretches, and snaps them.


Allowed? Yes. Use: During the Lab scene, when the Transylvanian Guests use their noisemakers.

Toilet Paper

Allowed? Yes. Use: When Dr. Scott makes his entrance and Brad exclaims, “Great Scott!” Wait for the line, and don’t throw it until Dr. Scott crashes through the wall.


Allowed? Yes. Use: When it starts raining. Duh.


Allowed? No! We know it’s a seminal Rocky Horror prop, but it is very difficult to clean, can make the floor slippery, and even crumbs will attract vermin and rodents.

Paper Plates

Allowed? Yes. Use: When Frank pulls the table cloth off the dinner table.


Allowed? Yes. Use: During the song “Planet Schmanet,” after dinner, when Frank chases Janet and asks the musical question, “Did you hear a bell ring?” Your keys work too.

Dry Sponges

Allowed? Yes. Use: During Columbia’s speech, when she says to Frank, “you’re like a sponge!”


Yes. Use: When the rope falls from the rigging after Riff finishes shooting.

Hot Dog and Prunes

Allowed? NO! Foodstuffs will inevitably attract rodents and vermin.


Again, our goal is to provide a safe, enjoyable and authentic “Rocky Horror experience,” without damage to person, property, or the historic Paramount Theater. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! The Paramount Theater is pleased to bring diverse programming to the stage and screen. The Theater does not provide advisories about subject matter for events, as sensitivities vary. Not all events may appeal to, or be appropriate for, every person. Patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows offered in order to make informed decisions prior to purchasing tickets.

In addition to show synopses, trailers, and reviews on our web events, other resources about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media, IMDb, and as well as through general internet searches. For further questions, please contact the Box Office at 434.979.1333 or at, 10AM-2PM Monday-Friday + 1 hour before events.

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Ticket Prices

  • $ 7.00 Prop Bag (upgrade)
  • $ 10.00 Adult Ticket
  • $ 17.00 Admission + Prop Bag

Schedule of Events

  • October 29, 2022 | 9:00PM
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  • Tim Curry as "Dr. Frank-N-Furter - A Scientist"
  • Susan Sarandon as "Janet Weiss - A Heroine"
  • Barry Bostwick as "Brad Majors - A Hero"
  • Richard O'Brien as "Riff Raff - A Handyman"
  • Patricia Quinn as "Magenta - A Domestic"
  • Nell Campbell as "Columbia - A Groupie"

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