The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle

I became a lifelong fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on the very evening I watched the stage show 9 years ago. Since then, I’ve watched the stage show five times, re-played the film countless times and listened to the soundtrack on repeat for days. I love it. And my family loves it, it’s so nice having this in common with my mum and sister. Some families go to festivals together, some bond over football, mine is Rocky Horror mental. In case you were wondering, Columbia is my character of choice.

 

Which is why my very, very first outdoor cinema experience was made extra special with it being a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Eden Arts is an arts organisation based in my home county of Cumbria. They run a program of outdoor screenings called Picnic Cinema. They work incredibly hard to bring films to the most beautiful locations in Cumbria. Where better to display The Rocky Horror Picture Show in all it’s majesty than in front of a real castle?!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Thankfully, the weather held up during the actual screening and when it didn’t, a fresh sweet crepe from the food stalls available kept us warm (as did the cocktails!). We didn’t do too well at the pre-screening quiz, but the whole night was so, so much fun and Eden Arts really went above and beyond to immerse yourself in the world of the film. Tickets for this screening were £15 (thanks mum!) but I’m sure she’d agree it was absolutely worth it. The price included the castle grounds and Owlry and it was completely sold out. It proves that even in remote, rural areas of the world like Cumbria there’s a demand for a variety of entertainment.

Have a look at some snaps of the atmosphere before the screening!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!
The best thing about outdoor screenings is the ‘live’ nature. The character of Riff Raff appeared out of one of the castle windows as he does in the film and it made the whole location come alive.

Have you ever been to an Outdoor Cinema screening? What did you think?

If you’re interested in outdoor cinema screenings near you this summer, check out this article from The Independent.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle was shockingly my first outdoor cinema experience!

Rebecca

I'm the human and hair behind Almost Ginger. I'm a cinephile travel obsessive vegetarian currently residing in Manchester.

2 thoughts on “The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Muncaster Castle

  • August 12, 2016 at 4:09 pm
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    This looks awesome! Rocky Horror is so much fun. I’ve been to a screening with audience participation but I want to check out a more legit stage version. What a wonderful idea to do outdoor movies at certain locations like this. We have a few different areas in Baltimore that do outdoor movies, but it would be really cool if someone was to host them at specific locations based on the movie… then again we don’t have any amazing castles like this!

    • August 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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      Yeah I think those are a lot more common in the US, we sometimes have them around Halloween. though there is audience participation in the stage shows but it’s great when the characters react. Yeah, my countries a bit older than your country 😉

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