TOPEKA (KSNT) – On Friday, the Jayhawk Theatre showed it’s first film in more than 40 years.
“There are probably three important days in the day of the Jayhawk. The day it was opened, the day it was closed, and tonight.” says the event’s spokesman, ‘The Gypsy’.
“Somebody on the Jayhawk board said ‘why don’t we start showing movies again to raise money for the restoration of the theatre.’ ” says ‘The Gypsy’.
And that’s exactly what they’re doing…with a cult classic. The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
This film isn’t your average ‘kick back with popcorn’ sort of movie. As audience members come in they’re given prop bags to interact with during the film.
“Audience participation? Are you kidding me? This is the biggest audience participation show of all time.” says ‘The Gypsy’.
“There was rice, toast, toilet paper. It was great!” says audience member, Carol Radford Chowning.
It’s a film that hasn’t been shown anywhere in Topeka since 1983.
Chowning says she saw the film, “150 times between 1980 and 1982; when I was 16 to 18.”
As fun as they expect the show to be, organizers say the film serves a bigger purpose.
“Their admission fee goes toward restoration and the rebirth of the Jayhawk Theatre.” says ‘The Gypsy’.
The neglected theatre must raise at least two million dollars before the needed restoration project can start.
That all begins with the yelling, dancing, and toast throwing at this weekend’s Rocky Horror Picture Show.
“It’s getting people in the theatre so that the theatre breathes again, so that it lives again, so that the lights come up. This is Jayhawk CPR 101.” says ‘The Gypsy’.
If you’re interested in donating to the restoration process or seeing the film, you still can. The Jayhawk Theatre is doing a midnight showing on Friday and Saturday. Saturday also has a showing at 7pm.