Philadelphia, get ready to say: “Oh, hi, Tommy.”
There’s a special nationwide release of the cult classic The Room next month, and a few theaters in the region have scheduled screenings for the Jan. 10 event.
Tommy Wiseau, the mysterious mastermind behind the 2003 film known for being so bad it’s good, recently noted on Twitter that the one-day viewing, to be held in hundreds of theaters across the country, will be The Room‘s “largest ever.”
January 10th will be the largest screening ever of @TheRoom ! Be a part of history ! Find your closet theater and invite all your friends ! https://t.co/B0atiWB6YU Bring 🌹🏈 Wear💃🕶️ pic.twitter.com/FNXjItdVCn
— Tommy Wiseau (@TommyWiseau) December 20, 2017
The special screening comes just a month after James Franco’s The Disaster Artist, which centers on Wiseau’s making of The Room, hit the big screen.
So what makes the nationwide release so special? Well, The Room is notoriously difficult to find. It’s not available to stream, and a website for the early January event notes that it is best enjoyed “in a full theater,” to experience audience interactions with the film.
That opportunity will arise at three theaters in the Philadelphia region at 8 p.m. Jan. 10, according to listings from Fathom Events:
- Riverview Plaza 17, 1400 S. Columbus Blvd.
- Cinemark University City 6, 4012 Walnut St.
- Movies 16 Somerdale, 711 Evesham Ave., Somerdale.
Audiences will also get a peek at a trailer for “Best F (r) iends,” starring Wiseau and Greg Sestero, who plays Mark in the cult comedy, according to Fathom Events.
“We’ve seen a tremendous response to The Room as a RiffTrax event,” Kymberli Frueh, Fathom Events’ vice president of programming, told Forbes. “With interest in the movie at a fever pitch, thanks to The Disaster Artist, we can’t wait to bring Wiseau’s creation back to the big screen to stand on its own unusual merits.”
Can’t make any of those shows? There’s good news. The Ritz at the Bourse, which occasionally holds its own screenings of the cult classic, lists two midnight showings for Jan. 12 and Feb. 9.