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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Remembering the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Sunday, April 1, was the 42nd anniversary of the start of the Rocky Horror Picture Show's midnight showings. I read in Off the Grid, that the first midnight showing was in Greenwich Village, NYC in 1976.

Of course, Coconut Grove showed the movie on weekend nights, too. I don't know what year that started, but I remember it at the Grove Cinema, which was at the corner of McDonald and Grand, which is now part of the post office. There is supposed to be a small part of the ticket window that protrudes from the sidewalk which is all that remains of the theater, but I haven't seen it.

I don't think I ever went to any other movies there, but in the 1980s, I went to a few showings of the midnight Rocky Horror Picture Show. I'm not sure if we brought toast or candles. I'm guessing today that people would have candles on their iphones instead of the real thing.

James and Richard Fendelman ran the Grove Cinema. They started showing Rocky Horror in 1977 and it ran until 1992, supposedly the longest continus running of the movie in the US. The theater itself opened in 1973 and before that, was a previous incarnation on Virgina Street.

I found an old story on the theater in the New Times with some cool old photos. One has Monty Trainer behind the concession stand on opening night on October 25, 1976, 

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2 Comments:

Blogger lorid said...

Love the photos. I was one of those crazies that went with the props etc...

April 04, 2018 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Sandra H. said...

Wasn't in the Grove until 1995 and even though late it was so much fun, interesting, people young and older were enjoying life so much. more than lately. Spent today on Commodore Plaza at the new French restaurant, good food but the street was DEAD!

Sandra H.

April 04, 2018 7:12 PM  

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