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With coronavirus cases declining in Oregon and Multnomah County moving to ‘moderate risk’, some signs of pre-pandemic normalcy are gradually returning – and in Portland, few things are as normal as the weekly midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Clinton Street Theater.
The century-old cinema has been playing the cult musical every Saturday night for almost 43 years. When the state’s economy first shut down a year ago today, it looked like the tradition was going to end. But the theater kept the streak alive, continuing to play the film throughout each weekend in a nearly empty room.
Soon, however, there will soon be more than a handful of cigarette butts in these seats: Public screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will resume the first weekend of April.
It won’t be quite the same experience, of course. Under the “moderate risk” designation, indoor entertainment venues can only operate at 50% capacity, meaning that only 50 people will be allowed entry. And since the venues are forced to close at 11 p.m., screenings will not take place at midnight. Nathan Williams, who hosts the screenings, is not yet sure of the new start time, but guests will need to purchase a ticket in advance.
Additionally, Clinton Street will also be available for private rentals starting April 1. Reservations are $ 100 per hour and guests are limited to 12 people.
In a newsletter, the theater said it hoped to resume normal operations by June.
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