The Stage Door Theater
Theater Location: 216 State Street, Madison, WI
Theater Open Date: March 31, 1927
Theater Close Date: 2012
Theater Status: Closed as a cinema
The Stage Door Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, was among the first theaters in the US to screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show exclusively as a Midnight movie, without a standard release. It first screened on March 13 & 14, three weeks before opening at Waverly Theater in New York.
The Stage Door was a 350-seat annex to the Orpheum, added in 1969 when the larger, 1927-built theater was given an update. In recent years, the Orpheum re-opened as a concert hall, and the Stage Door was absorbed back into it. On June 3, 1978 The Rocky Horror Picture Show moved to the Majestic Theater in Madison, where it remained each weekend for 21 years. In 2002, The Rocky Horror Picture Show returned too the refurbished Orpheum in bi-weekly screenings, running until 2007.