Everything that you ever heard, or might have heard, about ROCKY HORROR at The Tiffany Theater is true.
Long recognized as one of the most important, pioneering, and influential venues in the history of the ROCKY HORROR community,
the legendary Tiffany Theater was the West Coast hub for ROCKY HORROR from June 6, 1977 to March 13, 1983.
Everyone went to the Tiffany. It was Absolute Pleasure.

8534 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood CA
November 2, 1966 - August 30, 2013
From the collection of D. Garrett Gafford

On Friday & Saturday nights, the Tiffany Theater was one of the hottest spots on the world-famous Sunset Strip.
"THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW" played there every Friday and Saturday night at MIDNIGHT and at 2 AM.
ROCKY HORROR fans from all over the USA came to the Tiffany Theater because of it's notorious party atmosphere.
For ROCKY HORROR fans at that time, a visit to the Tiffany was a rite of passage that had to be experienced at least once.
Sex, drugs, rock 'n'roll, booze, art, fashion, and ROCKY HORROR...it was all there right in front of you. It had The Spirit.
Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Lou Adler all visited the Tiffany during ROCKY HORROR's run there.
In his first book,
"Creatures Of The Night", Sal Piro referred to the Tiffany as the "8th Street Playhouse Of The West."
He was certainly right about that. ROCKY HORROR at the Tiffany was big, loud, and very, very popular.
During the height of it's popularity, an average of 1500 people saw ROCKY HORROR at the Tiffany every single weekend.

I consider myself very fortunate to have been involved with ROCKY HORROR at the Tiffany Theater from 1979 to 1983.
I started going to the Tiffany with EROTIC NIGHTMARES in November 1979. We loved going to the Tiffany.
From the first time I saw the glittering lights of the theater's marquee and the huge crowd outside waiting to get in,
I experienced a rush of positive exhilirartion that I never experienced before. I knew I had come to the right place.
I had some of the most wonderful times of my life while I was there.
This is where I grew up. But first, a little history.

The Tiffany Theater was located at 8534 Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood CA.
That's on the south side of Sunset Boulevard, in between La Cienaga Boulevard and Alta Loma Road.
The Tiffany was less than a mile from the Roxy Theater where "THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW" played in 1974.
The Tiffany's iconic neon marquee was designed by Wayne E. Heath.
The rear parking lot behind the Tiffany had one of the most spectacular views of Los Angeles.
At the time ROCKY HORROR was playing there, the Tiffany was owned by Tommy Cooper.
The Tiffany seated 400 people.

"There's A LIght"
Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
From the collection of D. Garrett Gafford

The building itself was originally the Mary Webb Davis Modeling School before it was converted into a theater in 1966.
The Tiffany was a Sunset Strip landmark and tourist attraction, located in between the Playboy Club and Dino’s Lodge.
From 1958 to 1964, the restaurant, along with the building that became the Tiffany, was featured in every episode of "77 Sunset Strip".

Across the street was Ben Franks, the legendary restaurant, landmark, and Hollywood watering hole.
Ben Franks is featured in a lot of classic films, TV shows, and a even song by Tom Waits.
Ben Franks had some of the most revolting food that I have ever eaten. Most of us avoided Ben Franks after our first or second visit there.
Several people got sick from eating there, myself included. The service was the worst you could imagine.
But it was famous for all of that, too. It was part of the schtick. People still talk about Ben Franks.
Behind the Tiffany was Circus Maximus, the notorious Hollywood massage parlor/whorehouse.

Los Angeles has always had a strong and devoted ROCKY HORROR fanbase ever since the "THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW" opened at Lou Adler's
Roxy Theater on March 21, 1974 where it played for nine months before moving to Broadway.
The very first ROCKY HORROR costume contest was held at The Roxy Theater on October 31, 1974.
On September 26, 1975, "THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW" actually previewed at MIDNIGHT at the Fox-Venice Theater in Los Angeles.
It was attended by an overflow crowd of the play’s followers. Opening day at the UA Westwood was several hours later.
It opened in various other theaters in LA the next week. After 2 months, it moved to the smaller UA Cinema Center in Westwood where it remained in one
of the smaller rooms until the end of 1976. It began playing at the Fox-Venice on a monthly basis in 1976. It continued playing monthly until the theater closed.
Eventually, it began playing weekly on Saturdays at Midnight.

Lisa Kurtz Sutton had been going to see the film since February 1977. She had actually seen the pre-release trailer at the UA Westwood in 1975.
Lisa knows the earliest history of ROCKY HORROR in Los Angeles. In March 1977, she saw the film for her fourth time at the Nuart Theater.
She brought her Teddy Bear to hold up during "Eddie's Teddy", along with some noise makers for the creation scene, which went over big with the group of
costumed enthusiasts in the front row. Around that same time, the Fox-Venice had a costume contest where Michael Wolfson and Corky Quakenbush won
top honors with their detailed recreations of Frank N Furter and Riff Raff. From that, THE ROCKY HORROR REVUE was born.
was first ROCKY HORROR performance group on the West Coast since the Roxy production of the play closed in 1975.
The Fox-Venice became a hub of the growing Rocky Madness.
featuring Michael Wolfson as Frank recieved publicity in both Rolling Stone and Circus magazines.
Several fans did not move to the Tiffany so much as they "branched out" while still attending the Fox-Venice monthly and eventually, the Tiffany.
still continued and evolved without Michael Wolfson or their resident Columbia, Sandy Winfield.

On June 10, 1977, "THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW" began running at midnight at the Tiffany on Fridays & Saturdays.
Within the year, a 2 AM show was added to accommodate the growing crowds.
The Midnight shows were always SOLD OUT, as were most of the 2 AM shows.
It was unusual for us to get out of the theater before 4 AM on the weekends.
ROCKY HORROR was so popular, that for a few weeks it also played on Thursday nights.
The Tiffany's regular cast members were known simply as THE TIFFANY TROUPE.
The line-up changed a few times over the years. It was a very competitive place.
Anyone who wanted to perform at the Tiffany eventually got to do so.
Plenty of visiting casts got to perform at the Tiffany. The Tiffany was considered "neutral territory".

On June 16, 1979, the Tiffany screened a print of the complete and uncut "UK Version" of the film.
It included "Super Heroes", "Science Fiction Double Feature Reprise", and "Transylvanian Jam Session".
It hadn't been shown that way in US in theaters since it was pulled from the original run in 1975.
It only ran one night (Saturday) at both shows, and it was returned to FOX the next day.

From the collection of Lisa Kurtz Sutton

The late 70's and the early 80's were a very exciting, eclectic, and creative time in Los Angeles.
A cultural shift had taken place. The era of disco, malaise, and stagnation was dead and gone.
There were new ideas about art, film, music, fashion, attitudes and presentation. ROCKY HORROR was among them.
The legendary L.A. Punk / New Wave / New Romantic / Hardcore movements were in full swing.
It definitely inspired and motivated EROTIC NIGHTMARES in many ways.
Things were changing around us everywhere. There was a new sense of freshness, energy, and vitality.

A night at the Tiffany would start something like this...by 9 PM, a crowd would already begin to gather In front of the theater.
At that time, West Hollywood was still an unicorporated area of Los Angeles County.
That meant the LAPD would not hassle you, but you had to steer clear of the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
You could park behind the theater or across the street in the liquor store parking lot if you got there early enough.
It was always good to get to the theater early. The show would always sell-out.
It was even better to have a ticket because unless you were performing, you weren't getting in without one.

The box office was open, and everybody bought their tickets as soon as they got there.

From the collection of Lisa Kurtz Sutton

The line for the show would start at the entrance of the theater, and eventually stretch west down Sunset Boulevard.
It would turn south on Alta Loma Road, and eventually stretched down towards the middle of Holloway Drive.
Those folks at the end of the line were turned away, or they waited until the 2 AM show.
For the rest of the night, it was one great BIG party.
Drugs and alcohol were openly sold, shared, and consumed on the sidewalk, but everyone kept an eye out for the cops.
The drug deals were done in a space in between the theater and Chez Dennis.
That used to really piss of the Chez Dennis valet. He was always giving people a hard time about something.
There were also the occasional fight or drug overdose.
Sex was definitely on most people's minds. Dozens of hookers and transvestites turning tricks were a common occurrence on Sunset Blvd.
You could find pretty much anything you wanted while standing in that line. Sometimes it found you.

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
March 1980
From the collection of D. Garrett Gafford

It was here that you met some of the most devoted and hardcore ROCKY HORROR fans.
On April 5, 1980, Velvet Magazine did a 3-page photo spread on us for their up-coming issue.
We had no idea that there was going to be a photo shoot that night...we were "just dressed up for Rocky".
I don't know what made me want to ditch my Crim outfit for my tailcoat that night, but I'm sure glad that I did.
These photos truly captured a moment in time. I was 19 years old.

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
April 5, 1980

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
April 5, 1980

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
April 5, 1980

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
April 5, 1980
Photos by Jeff Riley

Dana Garrett Gafford had been there since the film started playing at The Tiffany.
Everyone knew her as "Garrett". Garrett had a real "MOM" tattoo like Frank's.
Garrett lived accross the street from The Tiffany, and her friend Tam worked for Lou Adler.
Garrett would always tell people she was saving up for a sex-change operation.
Garrett had a huge following of female groupies. The girls loved Garrett.

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
From the collection of D. Garrett Gafford

Terri Hardin was also a devoted ROCKY HORROR fan, and she played Magenta at The Tiffany.
I'll never forget the night she came to the theater dressed as Chewbacca.
She made the costume by herself, and she was over 7 feet tall with the best make-up I've ever seen.
Karen Borter also played Magenta. She would work with Richard. They made a great team!
Diana Fitzgerald also played Magenta. Tom Murphy also played Riff-Raff.

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
From the collection of Lisa Kurtz Sutton

Christine Grisanti was always first in line. She was 9 years old at the time and she played Eddie.
2 "GORGEOUS GALS", Jill McManus and Michele Morris, came down from Thousand Oaks.
They were a great Magenta & Columbia team, and they were always second in line.
Devoted...honest...beautiful...fun...and full of spirit. I will love those 2 forever!
Jill and Michele are among the most hardcore ROCKY HORROR people I've ever known.

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
From the collection of Michele Morris

Another hardcore fan and friend was Dawn Morrison. A stunningly beautiful young woman. Dawn was HOT!
Dawn was the very first person I met when I first came to Hollywood. Other notable Alumni were Queen George, Meryl Senatt, David Bryant,
Brett Pearce, Terri Semper, Jay Goldstein, Meredith Jacobson Marciano, Stacy Homan, Michael Sugar, Bobbi Snider, Hale and Cyn Fox, and Jason Ward.
Jason sold pins and buttons and he was a fixture at The Tiffany. Al was our doorman.
Leonard The Button Man and his wife, Ann also sold button with their dog, JP in front of the Tiffany.
And then there was Rainbow. He was one of a kind.
I also met my dear friend, Lori Rizzo. She eventually became the Columbia for the Tiffany.
Other Rocky fans that regularly visited the Tiffany were CREATURES OF THE NIGHT from Long Beach, SINS OF THE FLESH from Riverside,
DREAM POLICE from San Diego, and cast members from Orange, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other theaters from across the USA.

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA

From the collection of Lisa Kurtz Sutton

THE DENTON AFFAIR from The Cove Theater in Hermosa Beach were our friends. I loved that bunch!
They were regular visitors to the Tiffany, and we considered them to be "on the same wavelength" as us.
THE DENTON AFFAIR were Jim Cochrane, Gilbert Shannon, Kathy Blumen, Chelsie Kraemer, Laurie Wieland, Steve Zlick,
Patti Bockting, Bonnie Rose, Don Bliss, Corey Haibloom, Mark Williams, Michele Williams, and Don Inose.
They were organized, experienced, and a very popular draw in the South Bay.
Jim eventually joined the Tiffany Troupe as Brad.

Cove Theater
Hermosa Beach CA

Cove Theater
Hermosa Beach CA

From the collection of Jim Cochrane

Tiffany Theater
West Hollywood CA
April 5, 1980

Steve Cartoon was another really cool guy that started turning up in line.
He always had good pot, great books and he really loved ROCKY HORROR.
Steve is one of my life-long Rocky friends. He's a mad genius that fell off a truck.
The first night Steve showed up at the Tiffany, he was carrying a huge Celtic cross made of stryofoam.
He would hold it up to the screen when Frank unveils Eddie at the end of the "Dinner Scene".
Steve was the first person I ever saw get hit by lightning during "There's A Light". Steve was a fixture at the front of the line every week.
He originally started as the understudy for Richard for Riff-Riff, but he soon that the obvious role for him to play was Transylvanian.
One night in early 1982, the manager of the theater refused to let Steve into the theater because of some petty conflict.
Steve was really pissed...so he waited until after the crowd went inside, and then he re-arranged the marquee letters out in front of the theater.
The marquee had originally read "Neighbors...Starring John Belushi".
But by the time Steve was finished re-arranging the letters, it read "Nigors...Starring John Bushi".
Steve then stuffed the remaining marquee letters into a mail slot of the adjoining office building. It caused a tremendous stink.
The management of the adjoining office building refused to return the marquee letters to the theater. Steve was banned from the Tiffany for a year.
He started going to the UA Westwood, where the film would play to much smaller crowds until the mid-1980's.
Eventually, Steve was allowed back into the theater in 1983.

(I know "Beetlejuice" was released in 1988, but this is such a great picture.)
From the collection of Richard Gifford

The SCRTD 91-S bus was the primary source of transportation to the Tiffany for anyone that not did not have a car.
"The 91-S" started in Downtown LA at 6th & Hill and headed West on Sunset Blvd. to PCH and then back.
"The 91-S" would pass several Hollywood landmarks...the KTLA Tower, Gower Gulch, and the Hollywood Palladium.
At the southwest corner of Sunset Blvd. and Vine Street, there was a filthy crazy man playing a broom stick as if it were a guitar.
He stood there every day from dawn to dusk strumming his broom stick, screaming "Rock And Roll, man! Rock And Roll, man!" at the passing cars.
By now, you knew you were in Hollywood.

Continuing West down Sunset Blvd., "The 91-S" would pass the Cinerama Dome, Club Lingerie, and through Guitar Row.
As soon as you saw the Marlboro Man and Chateau Marmont, you were officially on the Sunset Strip.
You would then pass the Dudley Do-Right Emporium, the statue of Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Carney's.
"The 91-S" stopped at the corner of Sunset and La Cienaga, directly across the street from the Tiffany.

"Destination 1979: Sunset Strip"
by Lisa Kurtz Sutton
From the collection of Lisa Kurtz Sutton
© 2014

One night, Lisa Kurtz Sutton was standing out in front of the Tiffany when she saw "The 91-S" passing by.
Lisa looked at it and said, "It's The 91-S...My Favorite Bus!" Several people in line heard her say that.
From then on, every time "The 91-S" passed by the Tiffany, people would point at the bus and shout "It's The 91-S...My Favorite Bus!".
It was almost like a mantra in a way. It was a rallying cry that get the people waiting in line excited. This went on for years.
It wasn't very long before a callback line turned up: "Fuck The 91-S!...it doesn't go to Transylvania!"

Sunset Strip
West Hollywood CA
From the collection of Lisa Kurtz Sutton

Around 11:30 PM, the line outside was restless and excited, and the doors would finally open.
Then would come the most dangerous part of the night...the legendary "Tiffany Push".
The crowd would surge towards the entrance in a frantic 10-minute non-stop "push" towards the entrance.
To this day, I am amazed that no one got pushed through the glass doors.
Many people passed out before they even got in the door, but it was worth it if you got in.
Once Inside the Tiffany lobby, you passed by a "He's The Hero...That's Right!...The Hero!" Style B one-sheet poster for the film.
At that time, It had been signed by Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon. Barry Bostwick signed it during his first visit in 1981.

From the collection of Larry Viezel

Then came the mad rush for seats. Sometimes it was like a stampede.
It was not uncommon to find things like discarded cock rings or other sex toys stuffed in between the seats.
One night someone found a pair of soiled panties. He wore them on his head until he no longer stand the smell.
After everyone was seated, the show started.
We would de-flower any Virgins that were present, and do our pre-show down in front of the screen.
The projectionist would crack jokes during the safety announcement, and finally ask "Are you ready?!!!"
After that the lights went down. The noise from the crowd went through the roof.
A&M Records had sent over two promotional clips for Tim Curry's new album, "Fearless".
The girls would scream and go nuts when these films would start. They all got up and and danced "The Rock".

Then the film rolled. From here it got really crazy. Audience participation was great at the Tiffany.
The Tiffany's screen was set at eye level, so during the film, the cast would perform on the sides of the screen.
Since the screen was so low, you could interact with the film with your hands and other objects.
Hale rode his motorcycle inside the theater during "Hot Patootie" on more than one occasion.

There was one other very special thing about the Tiffany.
To the left of the Tiffany's screen, there was an alcove that led to an exit to the street.
The alcove had a curtain in front of it, and you had the area of small room.
It was a convenient place to "engage". That alcove got a lot of action.
The Tiffany was a fun place.

By this time, more theaters across the country were playing "THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW".
Rocky Casts started turning up everywhere, and more and more people were coming to our shows.
ROCKY HORROR was slowly becoming more and more "acceptable" and "mainstream".
In Riverside, we started seeing more families coming to the show. It was good for us and good for the theater.
The goons that wanted to kill us a year before were now showing us respect.
I think one reason was because we were drawing all the girls to our shows.
Another reason was because after they saw it, they realized it was a great show with great rock'n'roll music.
And I think another reason was that they knew that we didn't back down, and that we were not afraid of them.
They also realized that we were all looking for the same thing they were...sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll.
People were actually offering to pay us for advice on costumes.
Either way, more and more people were no longer afraid to "give themselves over to absolute pleasure."

Unfortunately, by the end of 1980, the original members of EROTIC NIGHTMARES were seeing less and less of each other.
We were sick of being cooped-up together, nor were we immune from the in-fighting, drama and natural growth.
Richard & I were very much enamored with the glamor, energy, and fast-living that Hollywood offered.
Vid and Julie were much happier doing ROCKY HORROR in RIverside. Looking back, I can't say I blame them.
The Tiffany was very "Hollywood", and there was a lot less stress in Riverside.
Lisa Ciafu was spending less time with us, and the other members of the cast were moving on to other things.
Vid & Julie soon moved out, and Selina, Joe and Kurt moved in. Kurt is cool. Kurt is another one my life-long pals.

Richard & I had made a strong impression in Hollywood, and we joined THE TIFFANY TROUPE.
Riverside was fun, but we both knew that the environment was a creative dead end.
We believed that we had better opportunities in Hollywood. People werte digging what we were doing. in Hollywood.
We divided our time between Riverside and Hollywood. It was a 70 mile trip each way.
We would leave before sunset on Fridays, and we would not come back to Riverside until the following Sunday morning.

We figured out how to to ride the bus all the way from Riverside to the Tiffany and back for free. We never got caught.
We would take the RTA #1 down Magnolia Avenue to the old and rather nasty downtown Riverside Bus Terminal.
From there we'd ride the SCRTD 496. That would drop us off at the old Greyhound/Trailways/RTD Station in downtown LA.
We would walk to 6th and Hill Streets and catch "The 91-S" ("My Favoite Bus!"). We learned very quickly not to take the 91-X bus.
The 91-X dropped you off at Santa Monica and La Cienaga Boulevards, and you had to hike up the hill to Sunset.
If you've ever made that hike, then you know what I mean.

The Tiffany did not provide a green room for THE TIFFANY TROUPE. Such a thing was unheard of in those days.
There were many nights that we did our makeup in the bathroom at Carney's in order to show up at the theater in costume.
On Sunday mornings, we would take the bus back to Riverside or drive back when we had a car.
The fog on the freeway was so thick sometimes that we could not see a few feet past the headlights.
Sometimes, we would sleep in a storage bin in a carport across the street, or in the marquee room.

On Halloween 1980, two girls named Tori & Brandi showed up in line at the Tiffany.
Brandi was made up as Magenta. The first thing I noticed about Brandi was that she had a really intense vibe to her.
And before you knew it, Richard & Brandi became the new Riff Raff/Magenta team for the Tiffany. Everybody loved them.
Tori played Janet and Lori Rizzo was now playing Columbia. Garrett was still playing Frank, and I was playing Crim.
There were various Brads, Rockys, and Transylvanians that joined in on the fun.
We set up "The Secret Headquarters Of F.A.T.S.O." in the marquee room underneath the projection booth.
It was there that we conducted all business, both Rocky-related, and other pleasant endeavors.

Life was good. But then almost overnight, things began to change.
The assassination of John Lennon on December 8, 1980 sent shock waves around the world.
I was at home with Kurt when we first got the news. I was shocked.
John had been a part of my life since I was a child. I saw him give a live performance in NYC in 1972.
I took part in the 10-minutes silence on December 14, 1980.
1980 had started off with so much fun, creativity and optimism, and it had ended in saddness and sorrow.

But fortune did smile upon me in a way that I would have never dreamed.
On December 21, 1980, I lost my virginity to a beautiful woman in the Tiffany alcove during ROCKY HORROR.
She was a goddess in every sense of the word, and it just sort of happened.
Richard noticed what we were up to, so he unscrewed the alcove light bulb for me so that she and I would have privacy.
I learned that night that a REAL friend will unscrew the light bulb for you.
This was one of the happiest periods of my life. I had a nice place, a gig, a job, and now, a beautiful girlfriend.
I was a very lucky man.

1981. Life got faster. I had now been involved with ROCKY HORROR for 2 years.
On February 21, 1981, I met Sal Piro, President of "THE ROCKY HORROR OFFICIAL FAN CLUB".
He introduced himself to me in the Tiffany projection booth.
The next day, we attended another of Rick's events, "The Semi-Annual Transylavanian Convention".
ROCKY HORROR fans from all over California showed up. The day of the convention, I met a beautiful Trixie from San Diego.
She was wearing a button that said "Lick It!" So I licked her button. She stared at me in shock for a moment and then giggled.
She said her name was Gail. I thought that she was the perfect Trixie.
I got to co-host the convention, and in the middle of one of my bits of banter, Richard pantsed me.
It got quite a reaction from the crowd, and it re-affirmed our reputation fun-loving ROCKY HORROR fans.
We enjoyed Sal's lecture and hung out with THE DENTON AFFAIR.

Los Angeles CA
February 21, 1981
From the collection of Rick Sloane

But it was also the last time we appeared performing together in public as EROTIC NIGHTMARES.
Soon after the Con, EROTIC NIGHTMARES was over for good. We had all had enough of each other.
I cannot understate the effect and impact that EROTIC NIGHTMARES had on people.
EROTIC NIGHTMARES was, at that time, one of the pioneering and most visible of all the early ROCKY HORROR groups.
We did not start ROCKY HORROR, nor were we the only ones doing ROCKY HORROR at that time.
But during our 18 months together, we certainly entertained, inspired, and motivated people that love ROCKY HORROR.
I will always be proud to have been a member of EROTIC NIGHTMARES.

On February 24, 1981, the 1980-81 North American Tour of "THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW" started a 4-week run at the Aquarius Theatre.
It was an "Original Production" which meant that it used Jim Sharman's directions, Sue Blane's costumes, Brian Thomson's set design, etc.
We were so excited...we had never seen the play before!
We all went on opening night. There was a lot of press! I met Lou Adler! We wound up on TV!

Frank Gregory played Frank, and he electrified the audience. The rest of the cast was Steve Lincoln (Narrator), Frank Piergo (Brad),
Marcia Mitzman (Janet), C. J. Critt (Columbia), Pendelton Brown (Riff Raff), Lorelle Brina (Magenta/Trixie), Tom McLeister (Eddie/Dr. Scott),
and reprising his role from the Original Roxy Cast, Kim Milford as Rocky. The band was great!
The cast came out to greet us afterward. We hung out with Steve Lincoln and drove him back to his room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
It was great to finally see the play! We went back several times, and managed to get front-row seats.
It was a wonderful, energetic time. I still believed in ROCKY HORROR.

One night, Kurt and I were stuck with nowhere to go. We were both exhausted and looking for any kind of shelter.
Out of desperation, we spent the night in a Goodwill box at the corner of Vine Street and DeLongpre Avenue.
The next morning, we were awakened when a male prostitute stuck his head in the opening slot of the box
He said, "Hey! You're not supposed to be in there! But I won't tell on you if you do me a favor."
Kurt & I kind of stared at each other and fearing the worst, I asked him, "What?"
He replied, "I want a bra and a pair of panties. Dig around and find them for me."

It took us about two minutes of digging, and we found a bra and an old pair of red panties.
We handed them to the guy, and he seemed quite pleased with our find.
He walked over to the corner telephone booth, and using the glass in the booth as a mirror, he put on the bra and panties.
He posed and admired himself in the reflection of the glass.
Apparently thrilled with his "new" bra and panties, he proudly exclaimed, "Girl... you are on your way!"
The situation was too funny to be believed. Only in Hollywood.
But Kurt & I decided that from then on, we wouldn't hang out in Goodwill boxes anymore.

I was having fun. But then things started happening outside of my ROCKY HORROR world.
A new manager was hired at the Gold Mine. He was a liar and a thief.
He made it clear to me that he did not like "you weirdos that go to that punk-rocker funny picture show".
Company funds started disappearing shortly after he started working there.
Eventually everyone that worked there got fired, including me. He came out of it smelling like a rose.
I heard about a year later that he got caught red-handed and he was on his way to some lawsuits and jail time.
But for now, I was out of a job.

In April 1981, our "Castle" in La Sierra lifted off for good. It had a good run, but it had run it's course.
Richard had already been slowly moving his stuff to Hollywood and moving in with Brandi. They eventually got married.
As expected, I soon found myself "out of the loop" with them. There was now real distance between my friends, castmates and I.
Without EROTIC NIGHTMARES there was nothing left to do and no need for a base of operations.
Despite all that, I still had some of the most intense and creative periods of my life that apartment.
Our "Castle" has truly been a place of art and enjoyment. It was the right place at the right time.
But now it was over. But I did not want to give up on ROCKY HORROR.

I was unemployed and stuck with an apartment that I didn't want anymore, couldn't use, and no longer enjoyed.
My friends had moved away, and I was losing patience with the people who had started hanging around lately.
It was obvious that they had been slowly "moving-in" and now thought that it was now "their" place.
They did nothing but consume, contributing nothing but drama and sloth. Moving out was the only way I could get rid of them.
I moved to a smaller place on La Sierra and Hole Avenues for a month. Kurt joined me, but I couldn't stand it anymore.
I had to get out of Riverside. I felt stifled. I had a sense of disconnect with the Inland Empire in general.
Riverside had nothing more to offer me, and I knew I didn't belong there anymore.

And then...out of the blue...my girlfriend dumped me. I never saw it coming.
It was a whole new experience for me. I was shattered.
And I knew I had to take it all like a man.
So...I soon met a pretty young vixen at the Tiffany, and we wound up "doin' it" in marquee room.

By May 1981, I was back in Mira Loma.
Only this time I was living in an abandoned chicken coop.
It was time to make a move. I had nothing to lose.
In June 1981, I moved to Hollywood.

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