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Rocky Horror Picture Show comes to downtown

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Grand Rapids, MI (July 21, 2014) – On Friday, July 25, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks will welcome “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as the fourth film of the Movies in the Park series. The movie will be shown at Ah-Nab-Awen Park projected onto a 3-story screen. Friday night will be the fourth of a six-night summer film series that highlights a film from each decade from the 1930’s through the 1990’s.   Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult hit that carried over for more than a decade at midnight movie screenings all over the country, where audience members talk back to the screen and dress as the characters, Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, it has the longest-running theatrical release in film history.

“Last year, the public voted to see this film at Movies in the Park, but due to poor weather conditions we were unable to continue with the show,” explained Kristopher Larson, President and CEO of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. “This year provided an opportunity to still show the film from the 1970’s and allow fans an opportunity to see it on the big screen. There was so much enthusiasm for this film last year, and we wanted to continue that excitement.”

Pre-movie entertainment begins at 7 p.m., and the film will start at dusk. Gilda’s LaughFest will be the evening’s Community Partner and will host a costume contest and dancing lessons to learn “The Time Warp”., and attendees will have an opportunity to win a $100 gift card to Founders Brewing Co. Friday evening will be the last night that attendees can vote for their favorite of the Voters’ Choice selections to air on August 22.

While at the park, guests are welcome to bring chairs or blankets along with food, wine, and beer. A variety of local vendors will have additional food available for purchase. Vendors will include GoNuts, What the Truck, Daddy Pete’s BBQ, Vito’s Pizza, Dorothy and Tony’s Gourmet Kettle Corn, Ferris Coffee, and Love’s Ice Cream. Visit downtowngr.org for more information.

Fans of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” may be familiar with a variety of props and moments for participation during the film. To get up to speed on this cult movie favorite, visit the official fan site at http://www.rockyhorror.com/.

DGRI and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks want guests to enjoy their time while still being respectful of the park. Below is a list of props and accessories that will and will not be encouraged at Friday’s showing.

ITEMS TO BRING:

  • Newspapers
  • Colorful squirt guns
  • Flashlights
  • Rubber gloves
  • Noisemakers
  • Toast
  • Party hats
  • Bells
  • Cards
  • Hotdogs
  • Prunes

ITEMS NOT TO BRING

  • Rice – Bring birdseed (There will be extra available at the event.)
  • Candles – Use flashlights
  • Confetti – Bring birdseed
  • Toilet paper – Please do not bring

Movies in the Park continues to engage a wide range of community organizations in its production. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks share as Presenting Partners of the series, and Celebration! Cinema is the Series Sponsor.

The Movies in the Park Series is sponsored by Celebration Cinema.

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