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The Time Warp

on October 12, 2021

In the early 1980s, before our daughter was born, my husband and I decided to attend the local revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. At midnight sharp, we were sitting in the audience at the old, art deco Millbrae Theatre in Millbrae, California, anxious for the movie to start. It was fun to look around the theatre at the many strange costumes worn by Rocky Horror fans. But, watcher beware! Once the movie started, we were pelted with candy, rice, and popcorn, and squirted with water from squirt guns, as fans reacted to various scenes in the movie. That was the fun of the revival – interacting with each other and the movie.

That couldn’t even happen nowadays because the Fun Police would be out trying to shut it all down. Kids are missing out on a lot of clean, harmless fun!

At that time, there were old, art deco theatres in just about every town along the El Camino Real, the main business artery that courses down the San Francisco Peninsula. I remember the red plush seats and elegant, red velvet stage curtain in the old Millbrae. I was fascinated by the gold gilding on the intricate art deco interior designs. Sadly, most of these theatres have been demolished or closed down.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) has always had a large cult following of people who just want to have a good time. The story is quirky, the characters and costumes bizarre, the music lively and entertaining.

Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors) and Susan Sarandon (Janet Weiss) play a naive, “square,” straight-laced couple whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Forced to take refuge at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s house, they are reluctantly exposed to the twisted, bizarre characters who live there.

Tim Curry plays the transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who is experimenting with creating the perfect male sex symbol (Peter Hinwood). The theme of the movie is pursuing “absolute pleasure,” which reflects the overriding social theme of the 1970s.

One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is the musical number, The Time Warp. Here’s where the audience gets up out of their seats and starts dancing in the aisles!

Enjoy! And don’t let the Fun Police spoil your fun! They are already trying to shut down Christmas this year.

Dawn Pisturino

October 11, 2021

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16 responses to “The Time Warp

  1. Thanks for rewinding the film, and sharing with us how fun and entertaining movie watching once was, without the gore! πŸŽ₯ πŸ“½ 🎞 Just remember, don’t fall for the hype because no one can shut anything down for you, unless you allow them too. πŸ˜‰ Have a fabulous day Dawn! 🌞

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  2. Michele Lee says:

    Awesome! Along with friends, I took my mom to see that movie when I was a teenager. Good times!

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  3. Thank you for your reminiscence!
    Yes, we baby boomers generation! We had it all! Experiencing innocent or not so innocent fun without the need for extensive expenditures and the fear of the β€œdrug policy”. Of course, we were already brainwashed by consumerism and impregnated with belief in an endlessly lasting positive world, devoid of the stress about the suffering environment. However, the fun started to evaporate when I came out of university in the middle of the 1970th. By that time most of the art deco cinemas had already disappeared converted into supermarkets or gaming halls. Those few that had survived having now a comeback as boutique cinemas with a price tack attached.

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  4. Iowa Life says:

    Great piece, I knew nothing about Rocky Horror. There was a commercial a few years back when at the end he goes, “And I’m Barry Bostwick!” (‘Brad Majors’ as it turns out)

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  5. I think I watched it five times; Toast! Great Scott! before I realized the female lead was Susan Sarandon! So cool.

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  6. balladeer says:

    I really like Rocky Horror Picture Show!

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