Back by popular demand, a full-participation screening of the cult classic, “The Room,” will return to the Milton Theatre courtesy of the Revival House at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Since its debut in 2003, “The Room” has amassed a cinematic cult following similar to that of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” A best-selling book about its making, “The Disaster Artist,” was made into an award-winning feature in 2019, and now Delaware audiences will be able to become part of the show after last year’s nearly sold-out screening.
The film is part of the Revival House Pain Don’t Hurt series, which celebrates films that are accidentally awesome. “The Room” is perhaps the definition of the term. In late 2003, a strange billboard appeared in downtown Los Angeles for the enigmatic, simply titled film. The only image was the film’s star/writer/director/chief financier, Tommy Wiseau, up-close with one eye mid-blink. The billboard remained up for five years, attracting curious onlookers who began to attend the screenings, and word soon spread of the onscreen insanity.
Wiseau plays Johnny, a San Francisco banker who is about to marry his girlfriend Lisa, but is unaware of her ongoing affair with his best friend Mark. That's really all one needs to know about the film – the story isn’t the main attraction. In monthly screenings across the U.S., audiences gather to yell at the screen during the many awkward moments that take place. Participants will be encouraged to celebrate the green-screen gaffes, the non sequitur greetings, and the countless unintentional blunders.
Props such as plastic spoons and mini Nerf footballs will be provided. The Revival House will help clue audience members in on when to participate, so newbies are welcome to share the experience.