The State Theater in downtown South Bend continues to grab the attention of many as it slowly comes back to life.
Saturday, hundreds poured into the historic building for the first movie screening since The State Theater reopened in March.
Last week, The State Theater’s crowd funding campaign came to an end, raising more than $10,000, which was then matched by Banko Capital and used for renovations.
Like the fundraiser, Saturday night’s showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show continues to transform The State into the downtown staple it once was.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of the most well-known and financially successful midnight movies of all time.
“We are all like fans of the movie,” says one teen that went to the screening, Mackenzie Carlock.
“I went on the Facebook page and I said, ‘Ok, I think it is about time that we had our first movie. What would you guys like to see?’ and Rocky Horror Picture Show just came up over and over and over again,” says The State Theater General Manager, Andrew Elegante.
The buzz around this historic film seemed to fit perfectly in South Bend’s historic theater as it sold out one of its two showings Saturday night.
The first show started at 9 p.m. and catered to the younger generations, something you may not see every day.
“When you look around, you don’t really see a lot of opportunities for teens to get engaged. You certainly don’t see a lot of opportunities for them to get involved downtown and so that’s definitely one of our core groups that we would like to engage in,” continues Elegante.
“There is nothing really to do cause for teenagers, like, you can go out places but you can’t really be with, like, your peer group. You have to always be around with your parents or with adults,” adds Carlock.
This movie is one that thrives on audience participation. The audience throws things, dresses up, yells occasionally, making this show, like the theater, unlike many others.
“You can go out to Indian Lakes and see a movie there and that is not something that we can necessarily compete with here, but we can certainly take some creativity and take some of these films and really just make it fun and an experience that is memorable for people,” says Elegante.