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Tower's 'Rocky Horror' show will go on

Published October 5, 2012 10:51 am

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The floor show will go on for Utah fans of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," but it came perilously close to not happening.

The Salt Lake Film Society — the nonprofit that operates the Tower and Broadway theaters — reported Thursday on its Facebook page how a distribution change almost spelled doom for the Tower's annual Halloween-weekend screening of "Rocky Horror."

The distributor, SLFS reported, informed theaters that it would no longer be sending DVD screeners of the film, but instead use DCP (digital cinema package), the format commonly used in large commercial theaters.

The hang-up is that most of the indie theaters around the country that usually show "Rocky Horror" — including the Tower — aren't equipped with DCP projectors.

The distributor told theaters there were five 35mm prints available, for which theaters would be competing to use on Halloween.

"With our backs against the wall, wondering if we'd even be able to hold this beloved tradition in late October, or at all, we've been keeping quiet, biting our nails, and hoping that we'd be Time -Warping come Halloween," the SLFS wrote on the Facebook page.

The good news is that SLFS was just informed that the Tower would be one of the lucky five theaters to get a 35mm print, because of "the huge attendance in SLC over the years."

The screenings are set for October 26, 27 and 31, at 8 p.m. and midnight, at the Tower, 876 E. 900 South. Tickets are $10, and include a prop kit (because no outside props are allowed).