On the heels of the release of his film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, local-boy-made-good Stephen Chbosky returns to the scene of the crime, in a sense, for a special movie event.
Ironically, it’s not a screening of Perks, the Hollywood film Chbosky adapted from his best-selling young-adult novel of the same name, and which was shot here last year. Rather, it’s a showing, at Dormont’s Hollywood Theater, of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Chbosky will introduce the film, and the screening will feature the Junior Chamber of Commerce Players, “Pittsburgh’s official Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast.”
The 1975 audience-participation cult classic figures prominently in both Chbosky’s book and film: Screenings are a cultural revelation for his awkward adolsecent protagonist.
As Chbosky wrote in a primer on the film on shmoop.com: “Just like Planet Fitness, Rocky Horror is a judgment-free zone. Charlie can wear a feather boa and a gold speedo and no one says boo. Fitting in is so important to Charlie (and to all high schoolers, let’s be honest), and Rocky Horror makes Charlie and the gang feel like they belong.”
The Hollywood — one of Pittsburgh last single-screen neighborhood movie houses — likewise figures in the film: Its Rocky Horror scenes were shot there. And apparently, Chbosky, a 42-year-old native of Upper St. Clair, had his own formative experiences there in the late 1980s.
According to a press release from the Hollywood, Chbosky “had seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Hollywood Theater as a teen, and in an interview with Hollywood.com, he said filming at the historic single-screen theater was an ‘incredibly meaningful’ experience.”
Chbosky went on to credits including writer/producer on TV’s Jericho. He also wrote the screenplay for the film version of Rent.
While the Hollywood usually screens the film at midnight, this week’s showing has been moved back to 10:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 29.
Tickets are $7, and you can buy them here.
For more information, call 412-563-0368.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by the way, opens Friday; look for CP’s review tomorrow.