Cult classic The Room to screen in the Region

"The Room" will play at local theaters.

The cult classic "The Room," often heralded as one of the worst movies made, is finally coming to Northwest Indiana movie theaters 14 years after its initial release at a few theaters in the Los Angeles area.

The Tommy Wiseau-directed movie has enjoyed a Renaissance of interest after the wide release this December of James Franco's "The Disaster Artist," a glossy Hollywood film about the making of "The Room."

Wiseau's low-budget movie, a strange vanity project billed as having "the passion of Tennessee Williams," has been widely mocked but enjoyed ironically for its atrocious acting, editing, narrative continuity, production values and dialogue like, "You're tearing me apart, Lisa!"

It's built up a cult following while being screened around the country at arthouse theaters, often during midnight screenings.

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For one day only, on Jan. 10, the movie — which features over-the-top melodrama, multiple subplots that go nowhere, and a lot of football-tossing — will enjoy a wide release nationally.

Locally, it will screen at 8 p.m. at AMC Showplace Schererville 16, 875 Deer Creek Drive; Marcus Chicago Heights Cinema, 1301 Hilltop Ave., Chicago Heights; Goodrich Portage 16 IMAX, 6550 U.S. 6; and Cinemark at Valparaiso, 700 Porter’s Vale Blvd.

"Come see the Midnight Movie phenomenon that sells out screenings around the globe with this special screening of Tommy Wiseau's 'The Room' in all its spectacularly insane glory!" organizer Fathom Events said in an event announcement. "The event will feature Tommy Wiseau commercials, an inside look at a Hollywood screening and the trailer for Tommy and Greg Sestero's upcoming film 'Best F(r)iends.'"

Tickets are $12 to $12.50 for adults, and can be purchased online at www.fathomevents.com.


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