O Cinema and The Rocky Horror Picture Show were made for each other. Kareem Tabsch, O Cinema co-founder, says the theater’s annual Halloween screenings of the 1975 cult classic have drawn sold-out audiences since they began at O Cinema Wynwood in 2011, drawing festive crowds who show up in full costume, loaded with props and ready to sing along with – and shout at – the film at all the right intervals.
“I was a devoted fan and attendee of the weekly screenings of Rocky Horror at the Flying Fendelman Brothers Grove Cinema [in the 1970s and 80s],” says Vivian Marthell, O Cinema co-founder and co-director. “So when we opened O Cinema five years ago, I knew we had to bring back this wonderful experience to Miami. We've done it every year since and it has always been a sold out, fun-filled evening.”
To accomodate demand, the O crew has moved this year’s Rocky Horror screening to the larger O Cinema Miami Beach, which seats 304. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will screen twice on Friday Oct. 23, at 9 p.m. (that show is already sold out) and midnight. Popular Miami drag artist Tp Lords will emcee both shows.
“Rocky Horror is a movie-going tradition that four decades later is still going strong,” Tabsch says. “The reason its simple: It’s the most fun you'll have at the cinema. You can come in a costume or come as you are, and be embraced by a friendly and energetic crowd ranging from 15 to 80, from Rocky virgins – those who have never seen it – to the diehard fans who know every song lyric and talk back at the screen.”
Attendees are encouraged to dress as your favorite Rocky Horror character and participate in a Freak Show Fashion contest (no masks allowed, however). You can bring your own props or arrive early and grab one of artist Orestes De La Paz’s Virgin Kit Prop bags (while they last).
Tabsch says he also plans to start scheduling monthly screenings of the movie beginning in November.
O Cinema Miami Beach is located at 500 71st St. Tickets are $15. For more info, visit www.o-cinema.org or call 786-207-1919.