Ask Dead Elvis: The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Huntridge?
Thu, Jun 18, 2009 (midnight)
Dear Dead Elvis,
“A friend’s father mentioned that, as a kid, he use to attend a gathering for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but he was fuzzy on the details. Can you fill in the memory gap?”
Back in January 1981, this geekfest was the first of its kind to hit Las Vegas, and it was held at the Huntridge Theater. For many of the city’s 40-somethings who grew up here, late-night Rocky Horror shindigs marked one of the first times that Las Vegas youth, no matter how nerdy, had a youth-culture linchpin to rally around that wasn’t sponsored by any—and I use the term loosely—agents of social control (a state, city or county agency). The Rocky Horror experience, complete with makeup, fancy dress, and out-of-tune sing-alongs, only lasted for a few months at the time (a current version runs at the Onyx Theatre), but was great while it lasted.
Thank you very much.