The film also served as a milestone marker, ushering in the second generation of Rocky Horror fans. The first generation, from 1975-1980, began with little or no structured Audience Participation, and ended with complete madness. Essentially, before Fame, there was no script or standard to follow.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show was peaking in popularity at the time Fame was released, and, although there was much media coverage both nationally and locally, Fame was a huge, main-stream hit and brought in sustained, wide-spread attention to Rocky Horror through years of play on cable television.
It also gave visual a template for casts to use in creating subsequent pre-shows. After seeing the 8th Street Players and Rocky Horror Elder Sal Piro acting as MC in the film, other casts were able to re-create what they saw in the film, as opposed to the less structured pre-shows that existed previously at each local theater.