Rocky Horror Picture Show heads to Hartlepool

Preforming arts students who rehearsing Rocky Horror Picture Show at Flix Movie Cafe, Church Square, Hartlepool
Preforming arts students who rehearsing Rocky Horror Picture Show at Flix Movie Cafe, Church Square, Hartlepool

A town movie venue will be rocking this weekend when film fans get to interact with a cult classic.

Flix Movie Cafe, in Church Square, Hartlepool, is hosting a Rocky Horror Picture Show Immersive Cinema event.

There is lots for people to join in with

Lauren Jiggins, immersive cinema organiser

As well as the weird and wonderful 1975 film being screened, audience members will be encouraged to join in with the songs by people dressed as characters from the movie.

The event, taking place tomorrow night, is the brainchild of movie buff students Lauren Jiggins and Lydia Marley-Lawson, who are studying film and media at Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

And they have roped in several performing arts students to help bring the night to life.

Lauren, 18, said: “We were watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show in a film studies lesson and just got excited with the idea of a screening and got everyone involved.

“Because it’s a musical there is lots for people to join in with and I think it is still popular because it is a grown up musical and not for kids.

“It is also quite funny and can be quite sad at times as well.”

The comedy horror, based on the original stage musical by Richard O’Brien, tells the story of a newly engaged couple who find themselves at the castle of transvestite Dr Frank-N-Furter and a large group of Transylvanians.

Tomorrow’s interactive screening is free and doors open at 7pm with the film starting at 9pm.

Lauren added: “About 50 or 60 people are coming already. The message is to get there early to get a seat as Flix is going to be packed.”

Last autumn, Lauren and Lydia, also 18, held the first Hartlepool Film Festival at Flix to showcase emerging filmmakers and celebrate classic cinema.