Tim Curry, whose character Dr. Frank-N-Furter has inspired movie-goers to dress in lingerie for decades, stars in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." The 1975 cult favorite will have a midnight showing Friday at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
ALBANY If you’re in downtown Albany around midnight Friday, keep an eye out. There may be some Riff Raffs hanging out at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
As far as that goes, there’ll likely be some Frank-N-Furters, Janets and Brads, too.
That tends to happen when the curtain goes up on the cult favorite movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for a midnight showing, like the one planned for Friday at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
Suzanne Davis, director of the Albany Recreation and Parks Department, said Monday that the show will cap off what she hopes will be a cascade of entertainment that will move from a couple of downtown restaurants to a Nights of DTown costume party on the Jackson Street deck to the Municipal Auditorium.
“They all kind of flow together,” she said.
The Dinner & a Movie event — which costs $15 for an individual and $25 for a couple — includes dinner at either the Pizza Shop or Riverfront Bar B Q. Both restaurants are open until 9 p.m.
“They’ll give you a Dinner & a Movie menu when you present your ticket,” Davis said. “They’ll take part of the ticket. There’ll be an entree and a drink, but the gratuity isn’t included.”
With the restaurants closing at 9 p.m. and the doors opening at the auditorium at 11 p.m., officials are hoping Dinner & a Movie guests will join the costume party that should be well under way on the parking deck.
“Rocky Horror” tends to attract an audience that likes to play dress up. Popular costumes over the years have been guys dressed in black lingerie, like Tim Curry’s Dr. Frank-N-Furter, or in bras and slips (like Susan Saradon’s heroine Janet) or tees and boxers (like Barry Bostwick’s Brad, Janet’s boyfriend). Those who haven’t been to one of these types of events may feel like they’re in, well, a time warp ... again.
But Davis says she hopes the crowd will get into the spirit of the musical.
“We want people to dress in costume,” she said. “And all props are welcome. Well, except for Super Soaker. No Super Soakers.”
Davis says she plans to give an award for the best costume.
Tickets can be purchased at the Civic Center box office, which is open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. You can also call the box office at (229) 317-7217.