- Posted October 12, 2013 by
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These are additional images from my visit to The Sci-Fi Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Under the pulsating lights of the massive Las Vegas casinos and close to the burgeoning arts district near the city's downtown, there exists a unique pop culture destination in the city of dreams. It's called The Sci-Fi Center and one visit to this hybrid comic collectibles shop and revival film screening mecca and one understands why owner William Powell calls The Center less a business and more of "an expression of art."
I had been wanting to visit The Sci-Fi Center ever since my last trip to Vegas a few years ago, when I first found their website. I immediately thought of the place as more than just a novel idea - a comic shop that screens cult classics and underground action, sci-fi and horror - right in the heart of one of my favorite party cities. I feel there's real potential here to attract an artistic crowd to Vegas that loves great B-Movies just as much as they love to party and have an all around good time.
Powell, along with one of his employee/friends, Ron Mechloshy, were kind enough to give me a back stage tour of their growing operation, while they were preparing for two major events: their first Drive-In screening at this new location, which happened that evening; and the Saturday, October 12th screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, complete with a live cast performance by local dancers and musicians.
There was an familial atmosphere of excitement, nervousness and anticipation, a mood Powell has cultivated from the time he opened his first comic shop in 1994 on South Jones Blvd. He's come a long way from that 700 square foot hole in the wall, with his new location featuring space for retail, an art gallery wall for showcasing local artists, and the anchor of the shop - a fully decked out screening room. On this day, the cast that will be performing during The Rocky Horror Picture Show, rehearsed their moves and worked on costume fittings. Each member of the cast has their reasons for being a part of the performance, but all seem to have a sense of passion for the subject, along with an obvious joy of being around one another. The cast and crew for tomorrow's performance include: Marina Varrone, Amanda Loft, Devina Taylor, Raymond Smith, James Lewis, Warren Blakely, Megan Stewart-Cole, Rick Mendoza, Rachel Blakely, Austin Roberts and Trisha Conlly.
If you happen to be in Las Vegas and enjoy underground film screenings, you might want to pay the crew at The Sci-Fi Center a visit. But it's best to check their website at thescificenter.com for a complete schedule of events first, so you'll catch them at just the right time. Tomorrow's screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show begins at 8PM. Then on Saturday, October 26th, The Center celebrates Halloween with a screening of vampire cult classic The Lost Boys, along with another screening and performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Sci-Fi Center is located at 600 East Sahara Avenue, behind the Marie Callender's.