Everything that you have ever heard, or might have heard, about ROCKY HORROR at The Tiffany Theater is true.
Long recognized as one of the most important, pioneering, exciting, 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 10, 1977 to March 13, 1983.
Everyone went to the Tiffany. It was Absolute Pleasure.

8532 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 world 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: The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience", 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.

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

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 exhilaration 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 8532 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 Theatre 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.

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".

Behind the Tiffany was Circus Maximus, the notorious Hollywood massage parlor/whorehouse.

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.

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 Theatre 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.
This 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,
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.

On June 10, 1977, "
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW" began running at Midnight at the Tiffany on Fridays & Saturdays.
Several ROCKY HORROR fans did not move to the Tiffany so much as they "branched out" while still attending the monthly Fox Venice shows.

still continued and evolved without Michael Wolfson or their resident Columbia, Sa Winfield.
Within the year, the Tiffany added a 2 AM show to accommodate the growing crowds.
The Midnight shows were always SOLD OUT, as were most of the 2 AM shows. We rarely got 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 became known simply as
The line-up changed several 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".

Beginning on June 16, 1979, the Tiffany screened a print of the complete and uncut "UK Version" of the film for an exclusive three week engagement.
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.

From the collection of Lisa Kurtz Sutton

In the Summer of 1979, Tim Curry toured North America in support of his second album "Fearless" .
On August 24, 1979, he headlined at the Santa Monica Civic. On August 26, 1979, he headlined at the Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip.
I didn't get to go, but Julie, Vid and Lisa did. Tim's fans camped out in front of the Roxy all day to catch a glimpse of him.
Dori Hartley from the 8th Street Playhouse in New York City was there, along with Garrett Gafford, the "Frank" from the Tiffany.
It was the first meeting of the "Franks'" from both coasts.

The Roxy Theatre
West Hollywood CA
August 26, 1979

From the collections of Julie Ford and D. Garrett Gafford

The late 70's and the early 80's were a very exciting, eclectic, and creative time in Southern California.
A cultural shift had taken place. Gone was the era of disco, malaise, and stagnation. People wanted something fresh and exciting.
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
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

Garrett Gafford had been there since the film started playing at The Tiffany.
She took over the role of "Frank" after Michael Wolfson had moved on to other things.
Everyone knew her as "Garrett". Garrett had a real "BOSS" 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, Mark Presley,
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
SINS OF THE FLESH from Riverside, cast members from Orange, Thousand Oaks, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and 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, Chelsie Kraemer, Kathy Bluman, Gilbert Shannon, 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

Photos by Jeff Riley

Steve Laybourn 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 who 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.

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 Northwest corner of Sunset Blvd. and Vine Street, there was a filthy crazy man strumming 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!" 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 Northwest corner of Sunset and La Cienaga, directly across the street from the Tiffany.

"Destination 1979: Sunset Strip"
by Lisa Kurtz Sutton
© 2014

West Hollywood CA
From the collection of Lisa Kurtz Sutton

One night, Lisa 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!"

Around 11:45 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 go nuts and scream 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.

And 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.
A lot of sex took place in the Tiffany. The Tiffany was a fun place.

EROTIC NIGHTMARES had a wonderful summer in 1980. We entertained a lot people and we gained the respect of our peers.
attended as many sci-fi and horror conventions and events that we could.
On May 21, 1980, we, along with THE DENTON AFFAIR attended the premiere of "The Empire Strikes Back" at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
Richard left several hours before we did. He drove to Orange County to buy a quarter pound of good weed.
We met up with him in line later that night. He stuffed his "parcel" in the sleeve of his jacket and didn't take it out until we returned home.
On May 24, 1980, we went to a convention in Anaheim and walked out with a bunch of ROCKY HORROR photos.
The vendor didn't charge us for some reason. After the con, we headed to the Tiffany.
While we were standing in line, we saw a flyer announcing a ROCKY HORROR convention being held in Hollywood a few weeks away.
We got very excited! We really wanted to go a ROCKY HORROR convention together.

On June 6, 1980, the Tiffany held a costume contest the weekend before their 3rd Anniversary Celebration.
attended along with Rocky fans from all over the region.
During the Floorshow, I really wowed the crowd by getting up the chairs for the last "jump to the left".
Garrett won the overall contest by wearing a kimono with her face smeared with cold cream.
She looked foolish, but as usual, her groupies made a lot of noise for her and she won the contest.
There were so many better Frank costumes in the theater that night. It was so blatantly rigged that it really annoyed a lot of people.
Vid, for one, decided that next time things were going to be different, and he would give the Tiffany something that they had not seen before.

Meanwhile, during all of this, Richard had met a girl in line before the doors opened and he wound up banging her in the back of his truck.
It was pretty funny. We all went back to his truck after the show and had to wait a little while for them to "finish up".
Richard's bald cap was ruined, so over the course of the next week, he bleached his hair AND shaved his head.
Richard became the first shaved-head Riff-Riff in the entire ROCKY HORROR community.
It was a very bold and radical move on his part, and unheard of at the time. But Richard WAS Riff-Raff.

The next weekend, June 13, 1980, EROTIC NIGHTMARES attended the Tiffany's 3rd Anniversary Celebration.
We all knew that there would be plenty of people dressed as the more popular characters at the Tiffany.
However...seeing a good, accurate Dr. Scott performer was a bit rarity back then, even for the Tiffany.
During the previous week, Vid put a together a great Dr. Scott costume from items he had around the house, including a wheelchair.
By dressing as Dr. Scott, Vid would round out the entire cast and he would be able to perform in the Floorshow.
When we arrived at the theater, we wheeled Vid up to the front of the line and parked him there until the doors opened.
I stayed with him as the line grew, and he said to me, "Here we are...the two most hated characters in the film sitting at the front of the line."
It must have been a quite a sight, based on the smiles and snarky looks that we got from people.

The show was SOLD OUT a few minutes after the box office opened, and as soon as the doors opened I wheeled Vid into the front row of the theater.
I once again wowed the crowd during "The Time Warp". The best was yet to come.
As we progressed to "Don't Dream. It Be It", the spotlight focused on Vid.
And he was the perfect Dr. Scott. The crowd lost their minds when he lifted his leg "for the thrills".
Vid maneuvered his wheelchair perfectly during "Wild And Untamed Thing". The show was huge success.
It was on this night that EROTIC NIGHTMARES went from being "the Riverside cast" to "influential and respected contributors to the ROCKY HORROR scene".

On July 20, 1980, EROTIC NIGHTMARES attended "The Second Annual Transylvanian Convention" at the Holiday Inn in Hollywood.
It was held in the Hollywood Holiday Inn and the place was packed with fishnets, sequins, and tailcoats.
Rick Sloane organized "The Annual Transylvanian Conventions" through his production company, R.I.P. Productions.
Rick deserves special praise for his efforts. It was because of Rick that ROCKY HORROR fans from all over California were able to meet and party together.
He also had some great memorabila that no one else had. I bought a Limited Edition of Richard O'Brien's "THE ROCKY HORROR SCRAPBOOK" (#01809 of 2000),
an "Original London Cast LP", and he threw in a copy of "True Life Horror Stories" by John Mandracchia, one the first ROCKY HORROR fanzines.
Rick went on to direct several films such as, "Blood Theater" the "Vice Academy" series, and "Hobgoblins".

The Con was some of the most fun I ever had! It remains one of my All-Time Favorite ROCKY HORROR events.
EROTIC NIGHTMARES looked great that day, too! We got a lot of compliments from a lot of people.
Richard made a point of pinching the ass of every single girl that he encountered that day.
The crowd adored him, and he took both First Prize for "Best Costume" and also "Best Riff-Raff" in the costume contest.
I will never forget the reception that the crowd gave Richard when he took the stage. They simply wents nuts for him. There was a new star in town.

Hollywood CA
July 20, 1980

From the collections of Ginger Rosser and Rick Sloane

By this time, "THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW" was playing in nearly 200 theaters across the country.
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, 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."

On August 19,1980, Richard, Selina, Joe & I went to see DEVO at Raincross Square in Riverside.
DEVO was scheduled to play two shows that night, but they cancelled their second set at the last minute.
The punks rioted, and the cops tear-gassed the crowd. It was quite an experience!
DEVO came back a week later and put on one helluva show.

On October 17, 1980, "Times Square" opened in theaters.
It would be the first time that many of us would see Tim Curry on the big screen other than "THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW".
There was a huge billboard for the film at the corner of Sunset and Crescent Heights for 6 weeks.
Richard and I actually thought about climbing up on the scaffold and painting Frank makeup on Tim's face.
But we never did, of course, but we thought it would have been pretty funny.

On Halloween 1980, two girls named Tori & Brandi showed up in line at the Tiffany.
Brandi was made up as Magenta and Tori was made up as Janet.
The first thing I noticed about Brandi was that she had a really intense vibe to her. She struck me as having an agenda.
Of course before you knew it, Richard & Brandi became the new Riff Raff/Magenta team for the Tiffany.
Richard had found his Magenta. Everybody loved them and the crowds really responded to 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".

On November 29, 1980, Richard & I went to The Starwood and we saw X and D.O.A. play.
Watching X play changed my life. Billy Zoom inspired me to play guitar. I started to play guitar a lot more.

Unfortunately, by the end of 1980, the original members of EROTIC NIGHTMARES were seeing less and less of each other.
We kept at it, but we were sick of being cooped-up together, nor were we immune from the in-fighting, bickering, 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 slowly becoming a creative dead end.
We believed that we had better opportunities in Hollywood. People were 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.

Richard & I 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.

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 in the alcove for us so that she and I would have some 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 6, 1981, I celebrated my Second ROCKY HORROR Anniversary at the UA Cinema 4 Tyler Mall in Riverside.
Vid and I assisted Bill Gartley, the manager, on stage with the raffle drawing.
It was fun, but I could see that a lot had changed. SINS OF THE FLESH were in charge now.
The next weekend, I was back at the Tiffany. I knew it was where I wanted to be.

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 Con, 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 as fun-loving ROCKY HORROR fans.
Richard also performed with THE SAN DIEGO SUPERHEROS REVIEW that day.
We enjoyed Sal's lecture and hung out with THE DENTON AFFAIR. Later that night everyone headed to the Tiffany.

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 most visible of all the early ROCKY HORROR groups on the West Coast..
We did not start ROCKY HORROR, nor were we the only ones doing ROCKY HORROR at that time.
But during our time 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.

The Rocky Horror Show 1980-81 North American Tour
Aquarius Theater
Hollywood CA
February 24, 1981

Tiffany Theater
Hollywood CA
February 27, 1981
Photos by Charles Alfred Brown
From the Collection of Julia Firefly Keller

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 said that he was religious, but as far as I could see, he was a liar and a thief.
He made it very 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 run it's course.
Richard had already been slowly moving his stuff to Buena Park 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 it was over. And 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.

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.

I knew that I had to get out of Riverside. I had a sense of disconnect with the Inland Empire in general.
Not to say that Riverside was a bad place, I just knew that Riverside had nothing more to offer me, and I knew I didn't belong there anymore.
I wasn't "from" Riverside, and I believed that my destiny was in Hollywood.
I started feeling like I did before I had discovered ROCKY HORROR more than two years earlier...stranded and alone.

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

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