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Theaters Closed, But Rocky Horror Never Left



By some definitions, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the movie with the longest theatrical run ever. It has been shown in theaters at least once a week for more than 45 years! But wait- theaters were closed for the majority of 2020. How can a movie continue a run when theaters are closed?   

Some things are constants in a chaotic world: Death, taxes and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which has played at Portland’s Clinton Street Theater every Saturday night for 43 years.

So, on March 15, 2020, when the theater was forced to close due to coronavirus restrictions, one man was determined not to break the streak.

For the next 54 Saturdays, Nathan Williams came to an empty theater to screen the film, sometimes with a friend, sometimes by himself.

While this may sound sad, there are worse ways to spend Saturday nights alone during a pandemic. On April 3, the theater welcomed back a limited audience for the usual Saturday night screening. Read how Rocky Horror became such a tradition at the Clinton Street Theater that even quarantine couldn't stop it at The Oregonian. -via Boing Boing

PS: The Clinton Street Theater also spent 2020 using their marquee for fun and awareness. See more of these at Instagram.


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