With everyone still in shock following last week's sudden passing of music legend Prince, The Castro Theatre will show Prince's cinematic masterwork Purple Rain tonight at both 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets to the film, which per IMDB follows a "young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, [who] must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise," are still available as of press time.
In many ways The Castro Theatre is an interesting place for a Prince tribute showing. In 2008, the artist suggested to The New Yorker that he was opposed to same-sex marriage as a religious matter. "God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out," Prince was quoted as saying in response to a question about gay marriage and abortion after he tapped his nearby bible. "[God] was, like, ‘Enough.’" Later, however, his public relations team walked the offending quote back and claimed he was misquoted.
The Atlantic tackled this very controversy last week, observing that Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness sometime in the early 2000s, and soon thereafter began to tone down his racier lyrics. Whatever the truth is, it likely falls somewhere in between — just as many of Prince's lyrics do themselves.
“I’m not a woman / I’m not a man," he sings in the 1984 song "I Would Die 4 U." "I am something that you’ll never understand.”
Tickets to tonight's showing are $10.00, and regardless of the controversy surrounding the artist, we can only image there will be a lot of purple in the audience.