Speedway becomes theater for The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Allen Wallace photos.

Bad weather forced the cancellation of two attempts to screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Historic Columbia Speedway last fall. Some cities might have thrown in the towel, but Cayce simply waited for the approach of spring and then did the Time Warp again.

With good weather aside from some gusty wind, around 100 people gathered to see the 1975 classic on a big screen, with some newcomers joining many Rocky Horror veterans.

Marty Hall of 94.3 The Dude served as master of ceremonies for a costume contest before the movie. The cult classic film has become a crowd participation event in recent years, with fans dressing as their favorite characters, bringing props like squirt guns and singing along.

“I like the beginning where they have the speech of Richard Nixon resigning as they’re driving through the rain,” said Hollis Beach, who dressed as Brad, and was part of a group which included Janet, Dr. Frank N. Furter and Magenta. He added that the film will “push you to reconsider romantic love in all of its manifestations.”

The event was organized by the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber. “It’s a good opportunity for us to get the community out,” said Chamber Executive Director Richard Skipper.

Refreshments were available during the movie, including, of course, frankfurters.

The Chamber had previously hosted a drive-in showing of Rocky Horror, but made this edition lawn seating to ensure all those in attendance a better view.

Skipper said the Chamber is also hard at work on its next big event, the West of the River Weekend, set for April 26-27. “We’d love for y’all to join us for that,” he said.

More information on the West of the River Weekend and other upcoming community events is available at cwcchamber.com.

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