UltraStar Cinemas at Pavilions at Talking Stick in Scottsdale Presents Limited Run of the Rocky Horror Picture Show

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UltraStar and Midnight Mayhem Shadow Cast Team Up for the Opening Show in Scottsdale Providing Movie-Goers with Full Rocky Horror Experience

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running theatrical release in film history, will be making its debut at UltraStar Cinemas at Pavilions at Talking Stick on October 5th at midnight. The show will feature a live shadowcast from Midnight Mayhem.

A film adaptation from Richard O'Brien's British musical horror comedy/rock opera, produced by Lou Adler and Michael White, The Rocky Horror Picture Show features a performance by Tim Curry (Clue, Home Alone) as a bizarre and self-proclaimed "sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania," and Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma and Louise) and Barry Bostwick (Spin City), as Brad and Janet, a couple who find themselves lost on a cold, rainy night. The musical pandemonium begins when the couple takes refuge in the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter as he is about to reveal his greatest creation, as well as have fun with his reluctant guests. Also in the cast is rock star Meat Loaf as the biker, Eddie.

This will be the first time the film has screened publicly in the city of Scottsdale since 1989. UltraStar will host a midnight showing on October 5th, November 2nd and December 7th. (11pm arrival time is recommended.) Tickets are $5 and guests may bring their own props – such as rice, toast, toilet paper, so that they can be part of the Rocky Horror tradition—but also, Midnight Mayhem will offer prop kits in the lobby prior to the show for $5 that include many of the items that are used during the show. The beloved cult movie musical is presented with full audience participation and performance by our guest cast from “Midnight Mayhem.” The November 2nd show is a special Halloween performance which will also feature additional events, including a costume contest and specially prepared musical numbers.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Rocky Horror Picture Show to our Scottsdale Cinemas for a three-month run,” said Julie Bravo, VP of Advertising & Marketing for UltraStar Cinemas. “The Scottsdale Pavilions Cinemas is meant to be much more than just a standard movie theater, but a destination for entertainment. Concert events and other alternative programming have performed well and we’re excited to embrace the phenomenon that is the Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“I’ve been part of Rocky Horror for over 12 years, through six theaters, and 3 different cast names, not even counting road trips to see Rocky in other cities and states and Rocky Horror conventions,” says Gail Antoinette, one of the two young women who are in charge of Midnight Mayhem. “As a cast, we couldn’t be happier that UltraStar reached out to us, and gave us this chance to spread the Rocky love to another corner of the Valley.”

Guests 17 years and over are encouraged to come dressed in costume; however, we ask that guests dress appropriately when entering the lobby and exiting the theater. The film is rated “R.” The events surrounding this film feature deals with mature subject matter, not recommended for the easily offended or for young children.

About Midnight Mayhem

Midnight Mayhem’s roots in the Arizona Rocky Horror scene go back decades, and they are pros at bringing all the classic Rocky Horror traditions to life—shouting callback responses to the movie’s bad dialogue, throwing the props (they have ready-made bags for sale that include rice, toast, toilet paper etc), acting out portions of the film in full costume, and of course, dancing The Time Warp again. And they are especially skilled in the art of the “Virgin Sacrifice”—a “Virgin” being, in Rocky terms, someone who has never seen Rocky Horror in a movie theater, and the “Sacrifice” being a slightly naughty, sometimes embarrassing but always harmless and fun hazing ritual (it’s been part of the Rocky Horror scene from the earliest days). In addition to Rocky Horror, they are planning to “shadowcast” a number of other movies in 2014.

About UltraStar Cinemas

UltraStar Cinemas is Southern California’s largest privately owned movie theater group. UltraStar Cinemas is headquartered in San Diego County and operates 74 screens at seven sites throughout Southern California and Arizona. Recognized for pioneering the digital age of cinema, UltraStar was the first theater group in the world to be fully equipped with Pure Digital Cinema® powered by DLP Cinema® technology in all of its locations. In 2009, the company also became the first to offer D-BOX motion seats, which use motion effects specifically programmed for each film to create an immersive experience for movie goers. For more information, visit http://www.ultrastarmovies.com.

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