Riff Raff

This is the most brilliant news about Hamilton that I’ve heard in a long time.

It was a jump too far to the left for two city councillors, but Hamilton’s time-warping plans for a Rocky Horror statue have been approved.

Councillors voted 12-2 to back a Weta Workshops-designed tribute to former Hamiltonian and Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O’Brien for Victoria St.

A statue of Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff will be erected on the site of the old Embassy Theatre. It was in this theatre that O’Brien saw many of the late night double feature picture shows that went on to inspire him to write the Rocky Horror Show.

The two councillors who opposed the statue seemed to confuse celebrating the international artistic achievement of one man with turning Hamilton into Sodom and Gomorrah.

It was a sad day when the Embassy theatre was pulled down. If was one of the three cinemas along Victoria Street. The Regent was eventually pulled down too, and the Carlton was converted into offices. A seven screen Village multiplex replaced them. But the Embassy was cool. Old, crappy, but beautiful, it served as the venue for many of my early movie going experiences. There’s no evidence that it ever once stood in its spot down the south end of Victoria Street, so the statue won’t just commemorate Richard O’Brien and the Rocky Horror Show, but also a piece of Hamilton’s cinematic history.

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