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Tammy and the T-Rex

11:30pm - Friday, Mar 1, 2024

The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on March 1 with a quirky screwball horror comedy from the 90s's vault, the post-JURASSIC jam TAMMY AND THE T-REX. Directed by Stewart Raffill (MAC AND ME, THE ICE PIRATES), TAMMY AND THE T-REX is a love story as old as time. Denise Richards (STARSHIP TROOPERS, WILD THINGS) and the late Paul Walker (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) take the lead in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills. When Paul is mauled by the local zoo’s toothier residents, his love affair with Denise doesn’t cease—even after his brain is transplanted into an ancient animatronic predator. Oh, and did we mention “Bernie” from another 90s chestnut, WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S, is the villain...? Originally filmed as a gorefest with impressive splatter by SFX guru John Carl Buechler, TAMMY was cut to PG-13, funneled straight-to-video, and inexplicably marketed as a “kids’ film.” Thanks to the intrepid efforts of top-notch archival team at Vinegar Syndrome, this gonzo gem is fully restored with its gore intact and ready to scorch your audience's ganglia into dust! "It is utterly dumb, but smart enough to know just that; and while no gag is too low for its brand of anything-goes screwball, it really does bring a lumbering kind of life to its hybrid collection of ill-fitting ideas." (Little White Lies) "... a genuine crowdpleaser." (Film Inquiry) Friday, March 1 Doors 11:00 pm | Movie 11:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Night! Bring a friend, date, or your best partner in crime and get two-for-one entry. TAMMY AND THE T-REX (Stewart Raffill, 1994 / 82 mins / 18A) A teen girl learns that a scientist implanted her dead boyfriend's brain into an animatronic dinosaur. [more]

Lisa Frankenstein

10:45pm - Saturday, Mar 2, 2024

A coming of RAGE love story from Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody (JENNIFER'S BODY, YOUNG ADULT, JUNO) about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness... and a few missing body parts along the way.With Kathryn Newton, Cole Sprouse, Carla Gugino. "It’s clear [director] Zelda Williams knows how to tell a story and with 'Lisa Frankenstein' as her first wacky and wonderful calling card, there’s no denying she is a filmmaker to watch." (TheWrap) Saturday, March 2 Doors 10:15 pm | Movie 10:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. LISA FRANKENSTEIN (Zelda Williams, 2024 / 101 mins / 14A) A misunderstood teenager and a reanimated Victorian corpse embark on a murderous journey together to find love, happiness, and a few missing body parts. [more]

Mamadou Diabate & Percussion Mania

7:30pm - Monday, Mar 4, 2024

Mamadou Diabate, a master of the Balafon, delights on our stage, bringing the vibrant sun of West Africa with him. His music, as colorful as a bustling marketplace in West Africa, creates an atmosphere filled with friendship, respect, and appreciation; echoing the essence of his latest CD, “Kanuya.” Onstage, Mamadou Diabate, along with the talented musicians of Percussion Mania, weaves a tapestry of virtuosic balafon melodies supported by powerful African rhythms and enriched by soulful African chants. The result is a complete sensory experience that compels the body to move, making it nearly impossible to remain seated. Mamadou Diabate, now based in Vienna, is not only a masterful balafon player but also a composer, singer, and percussionist. His extensive concert tours have taken him to numerous countries and prestigious festivals, establishing him as an indispensable figure in the world music scene. When Diabaté is on stage playing the balafon, something magical happens between him and the audience. With his tight strokes, he makes the audience move. When this... Burkinabe virtuoso is on fire and plays as fast as he can—which is really fast—the audience stands up and starts dancing. At the end of the show everybody is dancing like mad.- Bastiaan Springer, Afropop Worldwide Monday, March 4 Doors 6:30 pm | Event 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (General Admission) advance tickets $25+ s/c | $30 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) advance tickets $32+ s/c | $37 at the door VIP tickets (Priority seating in rows 1-6, centre section) $38 | $45 at the door Kids (under 15) FREE + s/c To experience Mamadou’s music is to witness the sun of West Africa shining brightly on our stage—a testament to the emotional depth and infectious energy embedded in his artistry. [more]

Four Daughters

6:15pm - Tuesday, Mar 5, 2024

FOUR DAUGHTERS is a compelling portrait of five women and a unique and ambitious work of nonfiction cinema that explores the nature of memory, the weight of inherited trauma, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters. This riveting exploration of rebellion, memory, and sisterhood reconstructs the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters, unpacking a complex family history through intimate interviews and performance to examine how the Tunisian woman's two eldest were radicalized by Islamic extremists. Casting professional actresses as the missing daughters, along with acclaimed Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabri as Olfa, award-winning director Kaouther Ben Hania (THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN) restages pivotal moments in the family's life. These scenes are interwoven with confessions and reflections from Olfa and her younger daughters, offering the women agency to tell their own story and capturing moments of joy, loss, violence, and heartache. Currently n0minated for the Best Documentary Oscar, FOUR DAUGHTERS was also the winner of four prizes including L'Oeil d'Or (Best Documentary) when it screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. "'Four Daughters' unique approach to documenting real-life horror is a formal gamble that only underscores the bravery and resilience of its subjects." (Rotten Tomatoes) "It frequently leaves us wondering how much of what we’re seeing is actual family history and how much of it is a manipulated or exaggerated version. The film is never less than riveting, wherever the truth lies." (Toronto Star) "In telling the story of Olfa and her daughters, Ben Hania is also telling the tumultuous story of Tunisia in the wake of the Arab Spring, a promising movement that began in that country before spreading to the rest of North Africa and the Middle East." (Vulture) "Arab voices in Western cinemas are all too rare, and “Four Daughters” is one of the best films of the year..." (San Francisco Chronicle) Tuesday, March 5 Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. FOUR DAUGHTERS (Kaouther Ben Hania, 2023 / 110 mins / PG / In Arabic w/EST) The life of Olfa, a Tunisian woman and mother of four daughters, oscillates between light and shadow. One day, her two eldest daughters disappear. To fill their absence, director Kaouther Ben Hania calls upon professional actors to re-enact the story of Olfa and her daughters. [more]

The Sweet East

9:00pm - Tuesday, Mar 5, 2024

From acclaimed cinematographer-turned-director Sean Price Williams comes THE SWEET EAST, a picaresque journey through the U.S Eastern Seaboard undertaken by Lillian, a high school senior from South Carolina who gets her first glimpse of the wider world on a class trip to Washington, D.C. Separated from her schoolmates, she embarks on a fractured fairy tale travelogue into America, where she is granted access to a variety of the strange factions that proliferate the present-day unreality of contemporary life. With Talia Ryder, Earl Cave, Simon Rex, Jacob Elordi. "... A shape-shifting satire about modern American subcultures, is a curious — occasionally delightful — object." (New York Times) "This gonzo coming-of-age adventure film plays like a punk take on Alice in Wonderland, it's unhinged and undeniably a future cult favorite." (Cinemacy) Tuesday, March 5 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. THE SWEET EAST (Sean Price Williams, 2023 / 104 mins / 18A) A high school senior from South Carolina gets her first glimpse of the wider world, picturesque cities and woods of the Eastern seaboard on a class trip to Washington, D.C. [more]

The Critical Hit Show: A #DND Live Improvised Epic Fantasy

7:00pm - Wednesday, Mar 6, 2024

The live, smash hit epic comedy THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW returns to the Rio Theatre's stage for their first show of 2024 on Wednesday, March 6. Now in its 12th year, the East Vancouver staple is back with more monstrous mirth and merriment (and snacks!). Prepare yourself for a night of laughter, as some of the City's best comedic performers grace the stage in a night featuring intrepid players on a gallant quest for comedy glory (and more snacks!) in a hilariously epic adventure that has been running continuously since 2012. Spanning over 100 live performances in both Canada and the United States, two years of “at-home” streaming, and frequent festival appearances, THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW is one of the longest running comedy shows around. #DNDLive is an improvised adventure that takes its inspiration from tabletop role-playing games, fantasy film and TV, and (most importantly) you! Whether you’re a longtime fan, you’ve been enjoying our live streamed shows, or you’re brand new to THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW - you’re going to have a great time. Wednesday, March 6 Doors 6:15 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Please arrive on time. Start time subject to change. Advance tickets $17 +s/c | $20 at the door THE ADVENTURERS Eric Fell as The Dungeon Master Ian Boothby as Benoit the Anointed, the Half-Elf Cleric Joanna Gaskell as Freya, the Elf Warlock Barbara Beall as Ingrid, the Halfling Fighter Ellen MacNevin as Belle Strummer, the Half-Elf Ranger Allen Morrison as Spitz Lube’n, the Human Wizard Shaun Stewart as Brask Hellbeard, the Dwarf Bard More monsters! More Magic! More Mayhem! More Off-Brand soda! Twitter: @critshow www.criticalhitshow.com www.facebook.com/dndlive [more]

Hundreds of Beavers

9:30pm - Wednesday, Mar 6, 2024

HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS is a one of a kind indie gem! A charming mix of live action and computer animation (think Buster Keaton meets Bugs Bunny and the Road Runner), this wildly unusual slapstick epic follows a frostbitten battle between Jean Kayak and diabolical beavers - hundreds of them - who stand between him and survival. HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS has played in over 50 festivals worldwide, and sold out many of the screenings (several major fantasy fests added more shows!). "An unexpected visionary work that will rip you a new perspective on classic cinematic art... Exciting in ways you can not imagine, and must be see to be believed." (Film Threat) "This is dam good stuff." (Film School Rejects) "If you have even the slightest love for slapstick comedy and goofball antics, then this will undoubtedly be the most gut-busting time you have at the movies this year. ... 'Hundreds of Beavers' is very good. See it with friends." (ScreenAnarchy) Wednesday, March 6 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. HUNDREDS OF BEAVERS (Mark Cheslik, 2023 / 108 mins / 18A) A 19th century, winter action-comedy, a drunken applejack salesman must go from zero to hero and become North America's greatest fur trapper by defeating hundreds of beavers. [more]

Paul Anthony's Talent Time: Bingo Night!

8:00pm - Thursday, Mar 7, 2024

Paul Anthony’s TALENT TIME is the Critically-Acclaimed Comedy / Variety / Talk Show that Mathew Hays from the Globe & Mail called, “the most innovative…and inspired show” he has seen in years. This episode… It’s Bingo Night! The audience is invited to become more invested in the experiment by purchasing bingo cards. But instead of the boring squares like, “Under the B, 3” the squares are common occurrences on the show, like “Paul pronounces someone's name wrong" or, "Ryan swears in front of a kid." If someone gets 5 across, they win money! Featuring an East Van Square Dance demonstration in co-operation with the Pacific Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Society. Another 5 acts to be announced soon! You can expect all kinds of comedy, novelty entertainment, kids acting precocious, etc. Paul’s currently in talks with a tuba choir… They aren’t confirmed yet, but if you are unfamiliar with the show, that’s the level of unique entertainment we are dealing with. There is nothing in town like it. Grab those tickets now! Thursday, March 7 Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. General Admission $25 + s/c | $30 at the door* If price is a barrier, email talenttime4ever@gmail.com. for discounted or free tix. We want everyone who WANTS to be here, to be here. ★ EAST VAN SQUARE DANCE! In co-operation with the Pacific Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Society, they will lead some audience members through some old timey Square Dance. The caller, calls while playing banjo!! ★ COMEDIAN CAM MACLEOD! Host and producers of The Hero Show which is regarded as one of the best long-time running comedy shows in the city. ★ MUSIC OF WTF! One of the strangests bands I've ever seen. With Kazoo, Theremin and drums they will lead you through some classic sing-a-long pop songs where YOU will become lead vocalist. ★ THE GLOVE HOLE! An on-site unique interactive experience by Robyn Volk. For years she's been collecting (and cleaning) single gloves she finds on the road and now you reap the rewards! It's kinda like a glory hole but for your hand(s). The tiny silk curtain parts as you enter hole where you will receive a human massage with nice moisturizing cream. When you pull your hand out, it will be wearing a specially selected glove chosen specifically for YOU! “There is no funner night out... you have to experience it.” (The Georgia Straight) "Talent Time is the most innovative, raucus, totally silly and inspired show I have seen in years. Watching it is like freebasing sheer fun!" (The Globe & Mail) "Something of a phenomenon" (Vancouver Sun) [more]

500 Days In The Wild (Director in Attendance for Q&A)

6:00pm - Friday, Mar 8, 2024

Six years, traversing the entire 24,000 kms of Canada's land and water trails from sea to sea. Award-winning director and cinematographer Dianne Whelan is the only person to complete this epic journey of discovery—hiking, biking, paddling, snowshoeing and skiing across the country. For a woman in her 50s who is not an extreme athlete, it was sometimes gruelling, occasionally harrowing, often exhilarating and always surprising. She started out alone, disillusioned with the state of the world and worried about climate change, to look for different ways of caring for the land and each other. She ended the journey a bit wiser, more hopeful, in love and with a passion to share this story. Climate change is a silent theme unfolding in the landscapes; melting permafrost in the Arctic, salmon in the Mackenzie river, record-breaking 120°F heat and fires in the BC interior. Whelan's remarkable feature documentary weaves intimate moments of reflection with adventure and stories of the people and communities she encountered along her way. Friday, March 8 Doors 5:30 pm | Movie 6:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Dianne Whelan will be joining us for a live Q&A talkback following this screening. [more]

Robot Dreams (Advance Screening!)

9:15pm - Friday, Mar 8, 2024

Living a solitary existence in Manhattan, DOG is tired of being alone, and mail orders a friend he can assemble himself: ROBOT. Their friendship blooms while exploring all that 1980s New York City has to offer. Capturing the fantastical possibilities of animated storytelling, director Pablo Berger (BLANCANIEVES) balances the loveable duo’s quirky antics, such as roller skating in Central Park to the classic tunes of Earth, Wind & Fire, with a hint of melancholic longing. DOG and ROBOT’s adventures through an NYC filled with anthropomorphized animals may be a fun-filled lark, but ROBOT DREAMS is more than a city symphony devoted to friendship, as it considers heartbreak and loneliness with an assured depth of feeling. Brimming with the heartfelt experience of love, loss, and friendship, this adaptation of Sara Varon’s acclaimed graphic novel showcases the beauty of 2D animation and the power of dialogue-free cinema in an enchanting, illustrated world. ROBOT DREAMS is currently nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar. "Bolstered by the resilient spirit of New York City, this is one of the loveliest movies that you will see this year, animated or otherwise." (TheWrap) "Make no mistake, this is a love story." (The Playlist) Friday, March 8 Advance Screening! One Night Only! Doors 8:45 pm | Movie 9:15 pm *Please note this movie screens in Spanish with English subtitles ROBOT DREAMS (Pablo Berger, 2023 / 102 mins / PG / Spanish with English subtitles) DOG lives in Manhattan and he's tired of being alone. One day he decides to build himself a robot, a companion. Their friendship blossoms, until they become inseparable, to the rhythm of 80's NYC. One summer night, DOG, with great sadness, is forced to abandon ROBOT at the beach. Will they ever meet again? [more]

The Descent

11:40pm - Friday, Mar 8, 2024

The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on March 8 (International Women's Day!) with a modern masterpiece of British horror that also manages to pass the Bechdel Test: THE DESCENT. A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh. With Shauna Mulder, Natalie Mendoza, Saskia Mulder. "Deft direction and strong performances from its all-female cast guide The Descent, a riveting, claustrophobic horror film." (Rotten Tomatoes) "Brutal, bloody, terrifying, astonishing... And so tense it'll leave you aching. The most significant Brit chiller since 28 Days Later." (Empire Magazine) "THE DESCENT sustains a level of intensity that most horror films can barely muster for five minutes." (AV Club) "Tense, gory and masterfully malevolent." (Total Film) Friday, March 8 Doors 11:15 pm | Movie 11:40 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. THE DESCENT (Neil Marshall, 2006 / 99 mins / 18A) After a tragic accident, six friends reunite for a caving expedition. Their adventure soon goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by bloodthirsty creatures. As their friendships deteriorate, they find themselves in a desperate struggle to survive the creatures and each other. [more]

500 Days In The Wild

1:00pm - Saturday, Mar 9, 2024

Six years, traversing the entire 24,000 kms of Canada's land and water trails from sea to sea. Award-winning director and cinematographer Dianne Whelan is the only person to complete this epic journey of discovery—hiking, biking, paddling, snowshoeing and skiing across the country. For a woman in her 50s who is not an extreme athlete, it was sometimes gruelling, occasionally harrowing, often exhilarating and always surprising. She started out alone, disillusioned with the state of the world and worried about climate change, to look for different ways of caring for the land and each other. She ended the journey a bit wiser, more hopeful, in love and with a passion to share this story. Climate change is a silent theme unfolding in the landscapes; melting permafrost in the Arctic, salmon in the Mackenzie river, record-breaking 120°F heat and fires in the BC interior. Whelan's remarkable feature documentary weaves intimate moments of reflection with adventure and stories of the people and communities she encountered along her way. Saturday,, March 9 Doors 12:30 pm | Movie 1:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. 500 DAYS IN THE WILD (Dianne Whelan, 2024 / 120 mins / G) Disappointed with the state of the world, filmmaker Dianne Whelan embarks on a solo, self-recorded journey travelling across Canada. [more]

Io Capitano

3:45pm - Saturday, Mar 9, 2024

In this acclaimed film which won top directing and acting prizes at the Venice Film Festival, writer-director Garrone presents a "reverse shot" of the immigration experience while unfurling an epic, cinematographically magnificent odyssey from West Africa to Italy. The story is told through the mind’s eye and experiences of two Senegalese teenagers living in Dakar who yearn for a brighter future in Europe. Yet between their dreams and reality lies a treacherous journey through a labyrinth of checkpoints, the scorched Saharan desert, a fetid North African prison and the vast waters of the Mediterranean where thousands have died packed inside vessels barely fit for passage. IO CAPITANO is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film (Italy). "This is storytelling at its most visceral, painted on a broad canvas that reminded me of a saga by David Lean. In a year when all five Oscar contenders for International Film are so worthy, this one captured my heart." (Leonard Maltin) "A gut-wrenching powerhouse, this vivid and immersive immigrant drama is a riveting examination of big dreams and childhood innocence colliding with harsh realities and uncomfortable truths." (Cinemalogue) "Italian director Matteo Garrone mixes magic realism and brutal reality, but what's most impressive is the profoundly moving work of actors Seydou Sarr and Moustapha Fall." (Observer) "Garrone... almost never puts a foot wrong with this painstakingly composed work, an adventure peppered by moments of nauseating horror but also ravishing beauty and grace." (Hollywood Reporter) Saturday, March 9 Doors 3:15 pm | Movie 3:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. IO CAPITANO "Io capitano" (Matteo Garrone, 2023 / 121 mins / PG / French and Wolof w/ EST) A Homeric fairy tale that tells the adventurous journey of two young Senegalese boys, Seydou and Moussa, who leave Dakar to reach Europe. [more]

The Holdovers

6:15pm - Saturday, Mar 9, 2024

The latest from acclaimed director Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDANTS, NEBRASKA, SIDEWAYS), THE HOLDOVERS follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti, in a Golden Globe winning performance) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them -- a damaged, brainy troublemaker -- and with the school's head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da'Vine Joy Randolph, in her Golden Globe winning performance). With Dominic Sessa, Tate Donnovan, Carrie Preston. THE HOLDOVERS is currently nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Giamatti), Best Supporting Actress (Randolph), and Best Original Screenplay. "'The Holdovers' might be the most perfect Giamatti-delivery vehicle we've gotten in a long time, one that understands that he's best when his talents for yelling are mixed with deep pathos. (GQ) "In [Alexander] Payne’s work, one individual’s foibles and failings can open another’s perception; his humans lead not by example, but through their flaws. This is one of the director’s greatest films." (New York Magazine / Vulture) "Hunham’s hero Marcus Aurelius once wrote, “Give thyself leisure to learn some good thing.” Take his advice and see this film." (Empire Magazine) Saturday, March 9 Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. THE HOLDOVERS (Alexander Payne, 2023 / 131 mins / 14A) A cranky history teacher at a remote prep school is forced to remain on campus over the holidays with a troubled student who has no place to go. [more]

The Iron Claw

9:15pm - Saturday, Mar 9, 2024

THE IRON CLAW The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports. With Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, Holt McCallany, Lily James. "Powerfully acted and profoundly sad, 'The Iron Claw' honors its fact-based story with a dramatization whose compassionate exploration of family ties is just as hard-hitting as its action in the wrestling ring." (Rotten Tomatoes) "The film’s sensitive portrait of fraternal love is a match for modern classics 'Rain Man', 'What’s Eating Gilbert Grape or 'A River Runs Through It'."' (Times UK) "The moments that stay with you are those that still have something of that child’s eye view of wrestling: a baffled gaze up at fragile giants, lost in a sport where nothing and everything is real at once." (Financial Times) Saturday, March 9 Doors 8:45 pm | Movie 9:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. THE IRON CLAW (Sean Durkin, 2023 / 141 mins / PG) The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. [more]

The Oscars! Screening & Party

4:00pm - Sunday, Mar 10, 2024

The Rio Theatre's annual Oscar party returns, featuring the live televised broadcast of the 96th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 10. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel! Get ready for the best buttery popcorn Vancouver has to offer, in-house trivia, our own Oscar contest, as well as prizes for Best Dressed, Best Acceptance Speech, and more! Come in your very finest attire (or maybe just recycle that bridesmaid's dress in the back of your closet...) for a chance to prance our red carpet and win a prize for your efforts. You bettah work! As always, this is one seriously hot ticket... It sells out in advance every year! We strongly recommend making plans and buying tickets early in order to ensure entry and avoid disappointment. All guests are encouraged to come early for great seats - and time for snacks at concession! Sunday, March 10 Doors & Red Carpet Coverage 3:00 pm Ceremony 4:00 pm SHARP Balcony (General Admission) $20 | $25 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $20 | $25 at the door [more]

The Teachers' Lounge

6:20pm - Monday, Mar 11, 2024

When Carla Nowak, a dedicated sports and math teacher, starts her first job at a high school in Germany, she stands out among the new staff because of her idealism. When a series of thefts occur at the school and one of her students is suspected, she decides to get to the bottom of the matter on her own. Carla tries to mediate between outraged parents, opinionated colleagues and aggressive students, but is relentlessly confronted with the structures of the school system. The more desperately she tries to do everything right, the more the young teacher threatens to break. With Leonie Benesch, Michael Klammer, Rafael Stachowiak, Eva Löbau. THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE is Germany's submission for Best International Feature at this year's Oscars, where it is currently nominated. "A nail-biting thriller in which director İlker Çatak and sensational star Leonie Benesch turn a tale of petty theft at a German middle school into a battle between freedom of expression and institutional control all too easily recognizable as our own." (ABC News) "A taut and tight examination of the concept of justice folded into an absorbing character study." (Los Angeles Times) "It's not easy to make an intense thriller about things that could actually happen. But when one appears, it's glorious." (RogerEbert.com) Monday, March 11 Doors 5:50 pm | Movie 6:20 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE "Das Lehrerzimmer" (İlker Çatak, 2023 / 95 mins / PG / German w/ EST) When one of her students is suspected of theft, teacher Carla Nowak decides to get to the bottom of the matter. Caught between her ideals and the school system, the consequences of her actions threaten to break her. [more]

Io Capitano

6:15pm - Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024

In this acclaimed film which won top directing and acting prizes at the Venice Film Festival, writer-director Garrone presents a "reverse shot" of the immigration experience while unfurling an epic, cinematographically magnificent odyssey from West Africa to Italy. The story is told through the mind’s eye and experiences of two Senegalese teenagers living in Dakar who yearn for a brighter future in Europe. Yet between their dreams and reality lies a treacherous journey through a labyrinth of checkpoints, the scorched Saharan desert, a fetid North African prison and the vast waters of the Mediterranean where thousands have died packed inside vessels barely fit for passage. IO CAPITANO is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best International Feature Film (Italy). "This is storytelling at its most visceral, painted on a broad canvas that reminded me of a saga by David Lean. In a year when all five Oscar contenders for International Film are so worthy, this one captured my heart." (Leonard Maltin) "A gut-wrenching powerhouse, this vivid and immersive immigrant drama is a riveting examination of big dreams and childhood innocence colliding with harsh realities and uncomfortable truths." (Cinemalogue) "Italian director Matteo Garrone mixes magic realism and brutal reality, but what's most impressive is the profoundly moving work of actors Seydou Sarr and Moustapha Fall." (Observer) "Garrone... almost never puts a foot wrong with this painstakingly composed work, an adventure peppered by moments of nauseating horror but also ravishing beauty and grace." (Hollywood Reporter) Tuesday, March 12 Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. IO CAPITANO "Io capitano" (Matteo Garrone, 2023 / 121 mins / PG / French and Wolof w/ EST) A Homeric fairy tale that tells the adventurous journey of two young Senegalese boys, Seydou and Moussa, who leave Dakar to reach Europe. [more]

How To Have Sex

9:00pm - Tuesday, Mar 12, 2024

Three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday, drinking, clubbing and hooking up in what should be the best summer of their lives. As they dance their way across the sun-drenched streets of Malia, they find themselves navigating the complexities of sex, consent and self-discovery. Captured with luminous visuals and a pitch-perfect soundtrack, filmmaker Molly Manning Walker’s directorial debut HOW TO HAVE SEX paints a painfully familiar portrait of young adulthood, and how first sexual experiences should – or shouldn’t – play out. Walker's powerful debut feature authentically captures female adolescence and friendship with sobering effervescence, and has captured the attention of the film world with accolades including winning the Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Un Certain Regard Award. With Mia McKenna Bruce, Lara Peake, Samuel Bottomley, Shaun Thomas. "In its frankness and often frightening candor, How to Have Sex is of a piece with coming-of-age dramas like Thirteen and The Diary of a Teenage Girl, with a dash of the lascivious, neon-colored bacchanalia of Spring Breakers thrown in for good measure." (Washington Post) "A different kind of Greek tragedy — no grand myth, just a heart-sore, everyday observation of what the world does to girls and what the world makes girls do to themselves." (Los Angeles Times) Tuesday, March 12 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. HOW TO HAVE SEX (Molly Manning Walker, 2024 / 91 mins / 18A) Three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday - drinking, clubbing and hooking up, in what should be the best summer of their lives. [more]

Anatomy of a Fall

6:15pm - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024

For the past year, Sandra, her husband Samuel, and their eleven-year-old son Daniel have lived a secluded life in a remote town in the French Alps. When Samuel is found dead in the snow below their chalet, the police question whether he was murdered or committed suicide. Samuel's suspicious death is presumed murder, and Sandra becomes the main suspect. What follows is not just an investigation into the circumstances of Samuel's death but an unsettling psychological journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel's conflicted relationship. French filmmaker Justine Triet's courtroom drama has been hailed as a "masterpiece," and recently took home Golden Globe Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Non English-Language Movie. "Ultimately, one of the key pleasures of the picture is its uncertainty – the niggling doubts that remain, and the sense that a crucial piece of the puzzle is tantalizingly out of reach." (Observer UK) "Surprisingly gripping for a film devoid of real action, this family drama masquerading as a murder-mystery touches on universal marital tensions; it is both enigmatic and very human." (Empire Magazine) ANATOMY OF A FALL is currently nominated for 5 Oscar awards including: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Original Screenplay and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Sandra Hüller). Wednesday, March 13 Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. ANATOMY OF A FALL "Anatomie d'une chute" (Justine Triet, 2023 / 151 mins / 14A / English, French, German w/ EST) A woman is suspected of murder after her husband's death; their half-blind son faces a moral dilemma as the main witness. [more]

Stopmotion

9:30pm - Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024

STOPMOTION: A talented stop-motion animator (Aisling Franciosi, who many genre fans may remember for her gut-wrenching performance in Jennifer Kent's devastating THE NIGHTINGALE) becomes consumed by the grotesque world of her horrifying creations -- with deadly results. With Stella Gonet, Tom York. "Weaving an eerily single-minded spell from the puppets' squished jellybean faces and misshapen limbs, director and animator Robert Morgan has crafted a narratively slender, visually sophisticated first feature." (New York Times) "Art and storytelling collide in breathtaking yet revolting fashion. Morgan’s knockout debut opens up the veins of a turbulent artist, delivering one creepy melding of mediums to an unsettling, powerful degree." (Bloody Disgusting) "It's chilling and tragic in equal measures." (Austin Chronicle) Wednesday, March 13 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. STOPMOTION (Robert Morgan, 2024 / 93 mins / 14A ) A stop-motion animator struggles to control her demons after the loss of her overbearing mother. [more]

The Vancouver Burlesque Co. Presents: Winter 2024 Student Showcase

8:00pm - Thursday, Mar 14, 2024

The Vancouver Burlesque Co. welcomes you to the finale show of their Winter 2024 season - and their first student showcase event of the year at the Rio Theatre! Join us as we celebrate our students in all their magic and glory. Prepare yourself for amazing large group acts, stunning soloists, and some extra special guests... Thursday, March 14 Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time Advance tickets $25+ s/c | $30 at the door These shows tend to sell out prior to showtime, so we strongly encourage purchasing tickets in advance to avoid disappointment at the door. Hosted by: Miss Kiss [more]

Splash (40th Anniversary Screening)

6:15pm - Friday, Mar 15, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a 40th Anniversary screening of one of the most beloved rom-coms of the 1980s, Ron Howard's SPLASH. The success of the unlikely "fish out of water" fantasy fable lies somewhere between Howard's deft hand for smart, modern comedy and its pitch-perfect cast, especially Tom Hanks (whose utter charm and endearing 'everyman' turn would become his career's defining attribute) as a normal guy who happens to fall in love with a mermaid (Daryl Hannah). With John Candy, Eugene Levy. "The movie that really showed Tom Hanks' promise as a deliverer of great comedy and heart-warming pathos." (Empire Magazine) "'Splash,' an aquacade of myth and laughter, glimmers like moonlit tide. It's an enrapturing underwater romance pairing dry-lander Tom Hanks with mermaid Daryl Hannah." (Washington Post) Friday, March 15 Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. SPLASH (Ron Howard, 1984 / 111 mins / PG) A young boy saved from drowning by a beautiful mermaid, falls in love with her 20 years later when she returns to seek him out. Before he can choose between life on dry land or a deep sea paradise with his dream woman, the lovers are rudely interrupted by the intervention of a scheming scientist. *Minors OK. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service. *Rio Theatre Groupons and Rio Theatre passes are OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office. *Online sales end an hour before showtime; unless otherwise noted, tickets are always available for purchase at the box office prior to showtime. Our box office is typically open 30 minutes before showtime. All seating is General Admission; please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to showtime to ensure great seats and time for treats. *If you are looking to redeem either a Rio Theatre gift certificate or Groupon to any regular Rio Theatre screening: You can either email us in advance and give us a “heads up,” or do it at the box office prior to showtime. (We seat 400+ people and our regular screenings are very rarely at capacity – you should not have issues being admitted.) *All Rio Theatre tickets are final sale. [more]

Big Shark

9:00pm - Friday, Mar 15, 2024

Auteur Tommy Wiseau (whose 2003 pop-culture phenomenon THE ROOM ranks among the greatest cult-movie films of all time) finally returns to the cinematic landscape with another tasty morsel made especially for his legion of hungry movie-loving fans: BIG SHARK. EXCLUSIVE FILM! Three firefighters: Georgie, Patrick, and Tim must save New Orleans from a gigantic shark, can New Orleans survive? With a special introduction from Greg Sestero! Friday, March 15 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. BIG SHARK (Tommy Wiseau, 2023 / 104 mins / 18A) Three firefighters must save New Orleans from a shark attack. [more]

Snatch

11:30pm - Friday, Mar 15, 2024

"Yes, London. You know: Fish, chips, cup 'O Tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary F***Ing Poppins... London!" The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on March 15 with British filmmaker Guy Ritchie's super stylish, wildly kinetic 2001 crime caper SNATCH. Illegal boxing promoter Turkish convinces gangster Brick Top to offer bets on bare-knuckle boxer Mickey at his bookie business. When Mickey does not throw his first fight as agreed, an infuriated Brick Top demands another match. Meanwhile, gangster Frankie Four Fingers comes to place a bet for a friend with Brick Top's bookies, as multiple criminals converge on a stolen diamond that Frankie has come to London to sell.With Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Dennis Farina, Alan Ford, and Benicio del Toro, "Guy Ritchie's follow-up to 'Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels' is an even more craftily concocted underworld entertainment, helped no end by the casting of Pitt as the bare-knuckle boxer Mickey." (Time Out) "Full of snappy dialogue, dark comedy, and interesting characters." (Rotten Tomatoes) "Bouncing around in a world of bare-knuckle boxing, gypsy swindlers, pretend Jewish diamond merchants, indestructible Russian assassins and a thug who disposes of bodies by feeding them to hungry pigs, Snatch has enough plots for a fair-sized cemetery." (Globe and Mail) Friday, March 15 Doors 11:00 pm | Movie 11:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Night Date Night! Bring a friend, date, or your favourite partner in crime and get two-for-one entry. [more]

Rocky Road To Berlin

3:00pm - Saturday, Mar 16, 2024

Exciting News: Introducing the film ROCKY ROAD TO BERLIN based on the novel by Kuzma Skryabin. Experience the wild '90s, the free spirit of Berlin, and legendary music! The story centers on the adventures of a Ukrainian novice musician Kuzma and his friend Bard, who set out on their trip to Berlin in a rusty "Pobeda" car. Kuzma wants to exchange his old car for a "Mercedes 600" with a German collector to impress Barbara, the girl he is in love with. But the hectic nightlife of the German capital involves the hero in stunning adventures that change his purpose, harden his character, and help him find his true self. Saturday, March 16 Doors 2:00 pm | Movie 3:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Tickets $26.25+ s/c | $28.25 at the door ROCKY ROAD TO BERLIN (Olga Ryashina, 2024 / 100 mins / PG / Ukrainian w/ EST) A feature-length film based on the story "Me, a Pobeda and Berlin" by the legendary Ukrainian musician Kuzma Scryabin. Найочікуваніша новина: зустрічай фільм "Я, Побєда і Берлін" за мотивами однойменної повісті Кузьми Скрябіна! Шалені 90-ті, вільний Берлін і легендарна музика! Синопсис: У центрі сюжету — пригоди українського музиканта-початківця Кузьми та його друга Барда, які вирушають у подорож до Берліна на іржавій машині «Побєда». Кузьма хоче обміняти свою стару машину на «Мерседес 600» у німецького колекціонера, щоб справити враження на Барбару, дівчину, в яку він закоханий. Але бурхливе нічне життя німецької столиці втягує героя в приголомшливі пригоди, які змінюють його мету, загартовують характер і допомагають знайти себе. Фільм українською мовою з англійськими субтитрами. СУБОТА, 16 БЕРЕЗНЯ Двері відчиняються о 14:00 | Початок фільму о 15:00 Додаткова інформація: Загальний вхід (місця за принципом "хто перший прийшов") Є можливість паркування на вулиці та в паркінгу в районі Усі продажі остаточні. Повернення коштів за квитки не передбачено. *Minors OK. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service. *Sorry, Rio Theatre passes n/a for this event. *Online sales end an hour before showtime; unless otherwise noted, tickets are always available for purchase at the box office prior to showtime. Our box office is open 60 minutes before showtime. *All seating is General Admission; please arrive at least 20-30 minutes prior to showtime to ensure great seats and time for treats. *All Rio Theatre tickets are final sale. [more]

What's the Craic? A Night of Irish Devilry

9:00pm - Saturday, Mar 16, 2024

Get prepared to laugh your arse off! On Saturday, March 16, Clare Voyeur presents another installment of WHAT’S THE CRAIC? A Night of Irish Devilry. This variety show is the precursor celebration to Paddy’s Day, packed with acts full of hilarity, sexiness and the spirit and lore of the Emerald Isle. We’ve got burlesque, comedy, live music, games and more! Ask your mammies to say a prayer for you, this show is about to get wild. Say another rosary, count your lucky shamrocks and wear your best greens in honor of the big man himself, St. Patrick! Saturday, March 16 Doors 8:00 pm | Show 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Early Bird pricing in effect on regular balcony and main floor seating! $25+ s/c until February 26 Balcony (General Admission) $30+ s/c | $40 at the door Main Floors (Assigned) $30+ s/c | $40 at the door VIP Tickets $50+ s/c (Includes a goody bag and seating in the first 4 rows, centre section) [more]

The Quiet Man

1:00pm - Sunday, Mar 17, 2024

Join us at The Rio Theatre on Sunday, March 17 for a St. Patrick's Day Double Bill featuring a pair of beloved Irish classics that we can all raise a pint to while feeling all those nostalgic feels - John Ford's THE QUIET MAN, and Jim Sheridan's MY LEFT FOOT. Presented in partnership with our friends at Celticfest Vancouver. Is there a movie that celebrates and captures the lush beauty of Ireland as memorably as THE QUIET MAN? Filmmaker John Ford and frequent star John Wayne had already made seven features together prior to the 1952 release of THE QUIET MAN, a romantic and funny departure from the (mostly) Westerns of which they were so well known. Ford took home a Best Director Oscar for the film, which follows an American boxer named Sean (Wayne) who seeks peace and a fresh start to life on the family homestead in his native Ireland after accidentally killing an opponent in the ring. In doing so, he runs afoul of a local, Will, who has long coveted the property. Spitefully, Will objects when his fiery sister, Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara), begins a romance with Sean, and refuses to hand over her dowry. Mary Kate refuses to consummate the marriage until Sean retrieves the money. "Ideal Sunday afternoon fare." (Empire Magazine) "No other John Ford movie provides me with as much pure pleasure -- and leaves a perpetual grin on my mug -- as the Irish-American director’s ode to his family’s ancestral country." (Film Frenzy) Sunday, March 17 Doors 12:30 pm | Movie 1:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Why not make is a St. Patrick's Day Double Bill with MY LEFT FOOT at 4:00 pm for one sweet price! https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/29348-st-patrick-s-day-double-bill THE QUIET MAN (John Ford, 1952 / 129 mins / PG) A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in 1920s Ireland, where he falls for a spirited redhead whose brother is contemptuous of their union. [more]

St. Patrick's Day Double Bill

1:00pm - Sunday, Mar 17, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Sunday, March 17 for a St. Patrick's Day Double Bill featuring a pair of beloved Irish classics that we can all raise a pint to while feeling all those nostalgic feels - John Ford's THE QUIET MAN, and Jim Sheridan's MY LEFT FOOT. Presented in partnership with our friends at Celticfest Vancouver. Doors open at 12:30 pm with plenty 'o time for ye to grab a pint at the bar before the first film's start time 'o 1:00 pm. Is there a movie that celebrates and captures the lush beauty of Ireland as memorably as THE QUIET MAN? Filmmaker John Ford and frequent star John Wayne had already made seven features together prior to the 1952 release of THE QUIET MAN, a romantic and funny departure from the (mostly) Westerns of which they were so well known. Ford took home a Best Director Oscar for the film, which follows an American boxer named Sean (Wayne) who seeks peace and a fresh start to life on the family homestead in his native Ireland after accidentally killing an opponent in the ring. In doing so, he runs afoul of a local, Will, who has long coveted the property. Spitefully, Will objects when his fiery sister, Mary Kate (Maureen O'Hara), begins a romance with Sean, and refuses to hand over her dowry. Mary Kate refuses to consummate the marriage until Sean retrieves the money. THE QUIET MAN (John Ford, 1952 / 129 mins / PG) A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in 1920s Ireland, where he falls for a spirited redhead whose brother is contemptuous of their union. There'll be a brief intermission with time to visit the jacks and grab ano'r pint before the second film starts around 4:00 pm. Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan was already an established playwright and theatre director when his feature film debut, MY LEFT FOOT, was released in 1989. The film is an adaptation of Christy Brown's autobiography "Down All The Days," which chronicles his remarkable life despite being born with debilitating cerebral palsy into a working-class Irish family. Little was expected of young Christy (whose condition rendered him a quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed), until a miraculous event occurs at the age of 5, when he demonstrated control of his left foot by using chalk to scrawl a word on the floor. With the help of his steely mother - and no shortage of grit and determination - he overcomes his infirmity to become a painter, poet and author. Never downbeat, Sheridan's deft touch instead imbues the film with an endless charm, vacillating between sweet and poignant as it follows his life's arc. Featuring Oscar-winning turns from Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker. MY LEFT FOOT (Jim Sheridan, 1989 / 103 mins / PG ) Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. [more]

My Left Foot

4:00pm - Sunday, Mar 17, 2024

Join us at The Rio Theatre on Sunday, March 17 for a St. Patrick's Day Double Bill featuring a pair of beloved Irish classics that we can all raise a pint to while feeling all those nostalgic feels - John Ford's THE QUIET MAN, and Jim Sheridan's MY LEFT FOOT. Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan was already an established playwright and theatre director when his feature film debut, MY LEFT FOOT, was released in 1989. The film is an adaptation of Christy Brown's autobiography "Down All The Days," which chronicles his remarkable life despite being born with debilitating cerebral palsy into a working-class Irish family. Little was expected of young Christy (whose condition rendered him a quadriplegic and essentially paralyzed), until a miraculous event occurs at the age of 5, when he demonstrated control of his left foot by using chalk to scrawl a word on the floor. With the help of his steely mother - and no shortage of grit and determination - he overcomes his infirmity to become a painter, poet and author. Never downbeat, Sheridan's deft touch instead imbues the film with an endless charm, vacillating between sweet and poignant as it follows his life's arc. Featuring Oscar-winning turns from Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker. "It's the kind of role that showoff stars leap at. Luckily for the film and us, an actor got there first." (Rolling Stone Magazine) "This is Jim Sheridan’s first feature film, but he’s an experienced man of the theatre, with a moviemaker’s vision and a grownup’s sense of integrity." (New Yorker) "A spellbinding journey." (Los Angeles Times) Presented in partnership with our friends at Celticfest Vancouver. Sunday, March 17 Doors 3:30 pm | Movie 4:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Why not make is a St. Patrick's Day Double Bill with THE QUIET MAN at 1:00 pm for one sweet price! https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/29348-st-patrick-s-day-double-bill MY LEFT FOOT (Jim Sheridan, 1989 / 103 mins / PG ) Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. [more]

Origin

6:15pm - Monday, Mar 18, 2024

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, ORIGIN chronicles the tragedy and triumph of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson as she investigates a global phenomenon of epic proportions. Portrayed by Academy Award nominee Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (KING RICHARD), Isabel experiences unfathomable personal loss and love as she crosses continents and cultures to craft one of the defining American books of our time. Inspired by the New York Times best-seller "Caste", ORIGIN explores the mystery of history, the wonders of romance and a fight for the future of us all. With Jon Bernthal, Niecy Nash, Audra McDonald, Vera Farmiga, Nick Offerman. "In her fictionalized approach DuVernay exerts a level of craft, care and personalization that achieves something the most thoughtful and thorough non-fiction filmmaking approaches struggle to." (Salon.com) "How do you make a movie about an intellectual argument? By putting a human face on it, which is what Ava DuVernay and acting force Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor do in this stunning provocation about race and class. Here's something rare: a movie that matters." (ABCNews) "The resulting docudrama is one of the most thought-provoking movies in recent years — the kind of film you’ll find impossible to forget, the kind of film you’ll want to discuss and debate with friends and colleagues." (Chicago Sun-Times) Monday, March 18 Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. ORIGIN (Ava DuVernay, 2024 / 141 mins / PG) While grappling with tremendous personal tragedy, Isabel sets herself on a path of global investigation and discovery. Despite the colossal scope of her project, she finds beauty and bravery while crafting one of the defining American books of our time. [more]

Warrior Spirit

7:00pm - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2024

Coexistence Films x Protect the Inlet Presents Join us for the Vancouver premiere of WARRIOR SPIRIT, with an exclusive panel featuring Stand.earth and members of Will George’s family from Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Tzeporah Berman, Raven Trust, and others. Tuesday, March 19 Doors 6:15 pm | Film Screening 7:00 pm *Please arrive on time. Start time subject to change. Advance tickets $10 + s/c *Shorter people or those with children in their party may experience a semi-obstructed view from row AA in the balcony. This is not an issue in rows BB-FF. Will George was chosen to protect his Nation from the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project. As he faces prison time in a racist legal system, he connects with his culture to heal the lands, waters and himself. This event is proudly hosted by Protect the Inlet & Coexistence Films, in collaboration with Stand.earth and Reel Causes. Learn more about the film here: ​​https://www.warriorspiritfilm.com/ Connect on Instagram @coexistencefilms @protecttheinlet [more]

Ferrari

6:30pm - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2024

Filmmaker Michael Mann (HEAT, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE INSIDER, ALI) returns to form with this intensely driven drama centered on a pivotal moment in the life of iconic Italian race car driver and entrepreneur, Enzo Ferrari. Behind the spectacle and danger of 1950's Formula 1, FERRARI is in financial crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier, and their tempestuous marriage struggles in the wake of mourning their one son. His drivers' lust to win pushes them out to the edge. He wagers all in a roll of the dice on one race, the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the iconic Mille Miglia. With Adam Driver, Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon. In “Ferrari,” Michael Mann’s meticulous attention to the details conveys how deeply he cares about the subject. (New Yorker) "When it gets going, it definitely does get going, and Penélope Cruz just steals this movie." (FilmWeek NPR) Wednesday, March 20 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. **Keep it cranked in high gear with a double bill of John Carpenter's CHRISTINE at 9:15 pm for one sweet price HERE!** FERRARI (Michael Mann | 2023 | 131 min | R) Set during the summer of 1957. Ex-racecar driver, Enzo Ferrari, is in crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their tempestuous marriage struggles with the mourning for one son and the acknowledgement of another. [more]

DOUBLE BILL: Ferrari & John Carpenter's Christine (40th Anniversary Restoration)

6:30pm - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2024

**Keep it cranked in high gear with a double bill of Michael Mann’s FERRARI immediately followed by John Carpenter's CHRISTINE (40th Anniversary Restoration)** We shift into first gear at 6:30 pm with Ferrari. FERRARI (Michael Mann | 2023 | 131 min | R) Set during the summer of 1957. Ex-racecar driver, Enzo Ferrari, is in crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their tempestuous marriage struggles with the mourning for one son and the acknowledgement of another. Behind the spectacle and danger of 1950’s Formula 1, Ferrari is in financial crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier, and their tempestuous marriage struggles in the wake of mourning their one son. His drivers’ lust to win pushes them out to the edge. He wagers all in a roll of the dice on one race, the treacherous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the iconic Mille Miglia. With Adam Driver, Penelope Cruz, Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon. Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. At 9:15 pm we shift into second with the 40th Anniversary Restoration of John Carpenter's Christine. CHRISTINE (John Carpenter | 1983 | 110 min | R) Nerdy high schooler Arnie Cunningham falls for Christine, a rusty 1958 Plymouth Fury, and becomes obsessed with restoring the classic automobile to her former glory. As the car changes, so does Arnie, whose newfound confidence turns to arrogance behind the wheel of his exotic beauty. Arnie’s girlfriend Leigh and best friend Dennis reach out to him, only to be met by a Fury like no other. Unpopular nerd Arnie Cunningham buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which he names Christine. Arnie develops an unhealthy obsession with the car, to the alarm of his jock friend, Dennis Guilder. After bully Buddy Repperton defaces Christine, the auto restores itself to perfect condition and begins killing off Buddy and his friends. Determined to stop the deaths, Dennis and Arnie’s girlfriend, Leigh Cabot, decide to destroy Christine.With Keith Gordon, Harry Dean Stanton, John Stockwell, William Ostrander, Alexandra Paul. Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:15 pm *As this is screening as part of a double bill, the start time is subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

John Carpenter's Christine (40th Anniversary Restoration)

9:15pm - Wednesday, Mar 20, 2024

Following the massive success of HALLOWEEN in 1976, horror icon John Carpenter continued his assault on the hearts and minds of cinema lovers with a run of films including THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, and THE THING. 1983 marked something of a return to form, as he turned his lens back towards the most terrifying thing of all - high school - with his adaptation of author Stephen King's novel, "CHRISTINE" Unpopular nerd Arnie Cunningham buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which he names Christine. Arnie develops an unhealthy obsession with the car, to the alarm of his jock friend, Dennis Guilder. After bully Buddy Repperton defaces Christine, the auto restores itself to perfect condition and begins killing off Buddy and his friends. Determined to stop the deaths, Dennis and Arnie's girlfriend, Leigh Cabot, decide to destroy Christine.With Keith Gordon, Harry Dean Stanton, John Stockwell, William Ostrander, Alexandra Paul. "'Christine' is a perfectly enjoyable tale of the macabre, which can be read as a satirical parable of that particularly male kind of arrested development which manifests itself in car obsession." (Guardian) "If the '80s were partially defined by revenge-of-the-nerd narratives, Christine is more about the horror of the geek-id unleashed." (The Ringer) "This is the kind of movie where you walk out with a silly grin, get in your car, and lay rubber halfway down the Eisenhower." (Roger Ebert) Wednesday, March 20 Movie 9:15 pm *As this is screening as part of a double bill, the start time is subject to change. Please arrive on time. **Keep it cranked in high gear with a double bill of Michael Mann's FERRARI at 6:30 pm for one sweet price HERE!** CHRISTINE (John Carpenter | 1983 | 110 min | R) Nerdy high schooler Arnie Cunningham falls for Christine, a rusty 1958 Plymouth Fury, and becomes obsessed with restoring the classic automobile to her former glory. As the car changes, so does Arnie, whose newfound confidence turns to arrogance behind the wheel of his exotic beauty. Arnie's girlfriend Leigh and best friend Dennis reach out to him, only to be met by a Fury like no other. [more]

One From The Heart

6:30pm - Thursday, Mar 21, 2024

Francis Ford Coppola's ONE FROM THE HEART is an unabashedly grand, even even eccentric musical tribute to the power of love. Released in 1982, the film gained a certain notoriety inasmuch that it marked such a stylistic and thematic departure from the virtuoso auteur's established oeuvre. Panned by some as a "flop" and revered by others, the film features incredible visuals and unexpected musical numbers as well as a memorable, Oscar-nominated score from Tom Waits. Hank and Frannie argue while celebrating their fifth anniversary. Yearning for a life of excitement and romance, Frannie fears that she is wasting her life on a man who shows no interest in her dreams of traveling to far-off places. The argument escalates and they break up. Heading in separate ways and taking to the streets, they both meet and spend the night with strangers. Hank with the seductive Leila a runaway circus performer, and Frannie with Ray, a handsome waiter who moonlights as a cocktail pianist and singer. With Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raoul Julia, Nastassja Kinski, Lainie Kazan, Harry Dean Stanton. The restoration, supervised by Francis Ford Coppola, was made in 4K by American Zoetrope and Roundabout Entertainment in the US. The 4K scans were lifted from the original camera negative, and great efforts have been made to add thirteen minutes of original camera negative, restoring opticals and dupe negative. The restoration was approved by Francis Ford Coppola himself, as six minutes of IP were added to replace the original negative that was thought to be destroyed in a flood in Rome where the negative was kept. "[Of Coppola's films] it is this one that stirs and dazzles me the most and reminds me of why I fell in love with the movies in the first place." (Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com) “One from the Heart” is a pivotal film in Coppola's career, one that vastly expanded the range of his art... A movie that takes a drastic and original approach to the very notion of character, to the essence of subjectivity in cinema." (New Yorker) "There’s plenty to enjoy here, especially the sparkling emotional openness of Teri Garr, who is a terrific natural dancer and seems always to be dancing, even when she isn’t." (Guardian UK) "There's not a moment in 'One From the Heart' when Mr. Coppola isn't after something romantic and glorious, something inexpressibly grand. At times, he even gets what he's after." (New York Times) Thursday, March 21 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. ONE FROM THE HEART (Francis Ford Coppolla, 1981 / 92 mins / PG) The romantic encounters of two separated lovers are played out against the backdrop of the Las Vegas Strip. [more]

She's The Man

11:30pm - Friday, Mar 22, 2024

The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on February 22 with a mid-naughties, Shakespeare-inspired, cross-dressing teen-angst comedy just for Baby Millennials (or elder Gen-Z-ers) starring a much beloved icon of the era, Amanda Bynes. It's SHE'S THE MAN! In this zany twist on the Bard's TWELFTH NIGHT, Bynes does double duty as Viola, who goes out of her way to convince the students at her twin brother's new school that she's actually "Sebastian." Complications (and tons of slapstick hilarity) ensue as Viola's scheme starts to go haywire when she finds herself falling hard for her handsome roommate Duke (a totally swoonworthy Channing Tatum), who in turn loves beautiful Olivia, who has (of course!) fallen for "Sebastian." Things get next level when the real Sebastian enters the picture, but has no idea that his sister has already replaced him on campus. With James Kirk, Laura Ramsey, Vinnie Jones, David Cross. Friday, March 22 Doors 11:00 pm | Movie 11:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Night Date Night! Bring a friend, pal or your twin and get two-for-one entry! SHE'S THE MAN (Andy Fickman / 2006 / 105 mins / PG-13) Viola Hastings is in a real jam. Complications threaten her scheme to pose as her twin brother, Sebastian, and take his place at a new boarding school. She falls in love with her handsome roommate, Duke, who loves beautiful Olivia, who has fallen for Sebastian! As if that were not enough, Viola's twin returns from London ahead of schedule but has no idea that his sister has already replaced him on campus. [more]

The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party!

10:30am - Saturday, Mar 23, 2024

Remember Saturday mornings...? Kids today may not realize the significance of the Saturday morning ritual, but once upon a time, we had to wait a whole week to get our cartoon fix, and when we got it, we tended to binge. Well – welcome to The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party - that special time when kids and kids-at-heart get to relive the exciting Saturday Morning ritual of non-stop retro cartoons, and binge on the multi-colored sugary cereals that used to be a part of every “balanced” breakfast! The cartoon lineup is always a mystery, but expect to see monsters, sci-fi, sleuths, superheroes and all kinds of 2D silliness, both faves and obscurities spanning the '30s through the '90s, all punctuated with vintage commercials, PSAs and station IDs for a 3-hour trip down memory lane! So get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package. Dairy-free options available! Curated by David Bertrand Saturday, March 23 Doors 10:00 am | Event 10:30 am *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Pajamas, onesies or the free XXXL faded T-shirt you won that you now use to sleep in or do laundry, highly encouraged. [more]

The Rio Theatre Burlesque & Variety Show

9:00pm - Saturday, Mar 23, 2024

A copious cavalcade of top notch talent and captivating cabaret awaits at The Rio Theatre Burlesque and Variety Show on Saturday, March 23. Local luminary April O’Peel has curated a show full of wonder sure to dazzle and delight our fun loving audience. The theme is.... NO THEME. That’s right! The evening's roster of talented performers will each be performing one act of their choosing. What act will they decide to bring to The Rio Theatre Burlesque and Variety Show!? Find out on Saturday, January 20, as these stars align for one night only! Saturday March 23 Doors at 8:00 pm | Show at 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Tickets $30+ s/c in advance | $35 at the door VIP $40 + s/c Featuring performances from: Angora Phobia April O'Peel Arabella Boop Bitch Sassidy Chelsea Hartwick Gushy June Monsoon Lola Loops Mosco Moonshine & Sasha Evergreen Shane Sable Hosted by Karla Marx [more]

Best of Brit Rock

6:00pm - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a night of curated climbing films - the BEST of Brit Rock! Acclaimed filmmaker Alastair Lee's "Asgard Project," "Climbing Blind," and "On Sight" are three of the best adventure climbing films of all time, and have won 42 international awards. Come celebrate these legendary films on the big screen on Wednesday, March 27. Wednesday, March 27 Doors 5:00 pm | Event 6:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Come early for great seats! Early Bird Tickets $8+ s/c (Minimum 2 tickets - limited number available) General Admission $20+ s/c Concession (Under 18 or students with valid ID - limited number available) $14+ s/c [more]

The Second Annual Fabergé Ball: An Interactive Easter Cabaret

8:00pm - Friday, Mar 29, 2024

You are cordially invited to The Second Annual Fabergé Ball! In this interactive variety cabaret, you are the infamous Lavender Society, a secret society of... Homosexuals, dah-ling! Hosted by your eccentric leader, Dandy, we will present our traditional pre-ball symposium of experts, cognoscente’s, and aficionados and the category is... Springtime Eleganza! REBIRTH! RESURRECTION! ZOMBIE JESUS! BUNNIES! (Good) Friday, March 29 Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Early Bird Tickets $25 (Until March 4 - Limited Number Available) General Admission $30 | $35 at the door VIP (Royalty Seating in the First 5 rows, Centre Section & Prop Bag) $35 | $40 at the door Come dressed to impress in your finest florals (think 'Midsommar' vibes!). Stop by the photo booth and get ready to dance after we expand your minds. Featuring: Jordy Holly Graphic Donna Boss Rogers Honey Bee Dae LeeGrind Miss Kiss Androgynass Tuffy Somethinelse Lola Loops Bella Bizarre HOSTED BY DANDY! [more]

Down By Law

11:00pm - Friday, Mar 29, 2024

The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on March 29 with Jim Jarmusch's moody, atmospheric, and darkly funny cult-classic DOWN BY LAW (starring the near-perfect trio of Tom Waits, Roberto Benigni, and John Lurie). When fate brings together three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Waits), a small-time pimp (Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni) in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure ensues. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” DOWN BY LAW is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white cinematography by the esteemed Robby Müller. "After the initial establishment of character and atmosphere, the laughs come thick and fast, most notably from the marvelous [Roberto] Benigni." (Time Out) "The excitement comes from the realization that we are seeing a true film maker at work, using film to create a narrative that couldn't exist on the stage or the printed page of a novel." (New York Times) Friday, March 29 Doors 10:45 pm | Movie 11:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Night Date Night! Bring a friend, date, or fellow inmate and get two-for-one entry! DOWN BY LAW (Jim Jarmusch, 1986 / 107 mins / 18A) The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their unlikely journey together. [more]

Titmouse: 5 Second Night 2024

6:15pm - Wednesday, Apr 3, 2024

5 Second Night — a Titmouse tradition, an evening when Titmouse animators create and screen whatever animated goodies have been floating around in their minds all year. Titmouse is a full‐service, award-winning animation production company. Its artist-run studios in Los Angeles, New York City, and Vancouver keep hundreds of talented people in the industry (that are guaranteed 100% human) employed and pushing creative boundaries. Known for series such as The Legend of Vox Machina, Big Mouth, Black Dynamite, The Midnight Gospel and Venture Bros., Titmouse creates high-quality cartoons for all ages and interests. Titmouse artists and animators will be in attendance at the event. A limited amount of seats are available to the public, so grab your tickets today! The screening is intended for an adult audience and some films contain adult content. Viewer discretion advised. Wednesday, April 3 Early Show Doors 5:45 pm | Show 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

Titmouse: 5 Second Night 2024

9:00pm - Wednesday, Apr 3, 2024

5 Second Night — a Titmouse tradition, an evening when Titmouse animators create and screen whatever animated goodies have been floating around in their minds all year. Titmouse is a full‐service, award-winning animation production company. Its artist-run studios in Los Angeles, New York City, and Vancouver keep hundreds of talented people in the industry (that are guaranteed 100% human) employed and pushing creative boundaries. Known for series such as The Legend of Vox Machina, Big Mouth, Black Dynamite, The Midnight Gospel and Venture Bros., Titmouse creates high-quality cartoons for all ages and interests. Titmouse artists and animators will be in attendance at the event. A limited amount of seats are available to the public, so grab your tickets today! The screening is intended for an adult audience and some films contain adult content. Viewer discretion advised. Wednesday, April 3 Early Show Doors 5:45 pm | Show 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Show Doors 8:30 pm | Show 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

The Trail Running Film Festival: 2024

7:00pm - Thursday, Apr 4, 2024

Community Trail Running presents: The Trail Running Film Festival 2024 After an incredibly successful 2023, the Trail Running Film Festival is back on tour in 2024 and coming to Vancouver once again! Expect another amazing evening of films, inspiration, and community. Come and help us celebrate our incredible sport as we explore individual and collective potential. The festival will also include prizes and giveaways to add to our celebration! We're excited to bring you stories from around the world by filmmakers sharing their work of adventure, inclusivity, wilderness, art, and diversity across the trail and ultra community. Trail running is awesome and so is this film festival! Thursday, April 4 Doors 6:00 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. General Admission $30+ s/c [more]

Being John Malkovich

11:00pm - Friday, Apr 5, 2024

"Have you ever had two people look at you, with complete lust and devotion, through the same pair of eyes?" Join us on the 7 1/2th floor of the Rio Theatre on April 5, as our Friday Late Night Movie series continues with Spike Jonze's brilliantly insane and insanely brilliantly work of magic-realism, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. This breathtakingly unique and wildly-imagined cult-favorite follows mildly neurotic puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack), who reluctantly takes a temp job at a strange office only to discover a bizarre portal leading directly... Into the mind of actor John Malkovich. Featuring crazed monkey flashbacks, Cameron Diaz, one of the strangest three-ways ever put on film, Charlie Sheen, puppets, Catherine Keerner, the New Jersey turnpike, and, of course - MALKOVICH! "The crazy-ass imagination at work in BEING JOHN MALKOVICH hits you like a blast of pure oxygen. Unblemished by solemnity, intellectual pretensions or elephant dung, this movie of constant astonishments will make you laugh hard and long." (Rolling Stone) Friday, April 5 Doors 10:30 pm | Movie 11:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Night Date Night! Bring a friend, date, or your favourite puppet master and get two-for-one entry at the door! BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (Spike Jonze, 1999 / 112 mins / 14A) | A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the acclaimed actor John Malkovich. [more]

Ricardo O'Farill: Falacia

7:00pm - Wednesday, Apr 10, 2024

RICARDO O'FARILL: FALACIA Presented by PRODUCTION MAYAM Ricardo O'Farrill is one of the best exponents of the genre in Mexico and Latin America. On April 10, at 7:00 p.m., the Río Theatre will be the setting for its show "Falacia," a fun critique of society, politics, religion and everyday life. Wednesday, April 10 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Gold Star Tickets (Rows 1-5, centre section) $90+ s/c | $95 at the door General Admission Tickets $70+ s/c | $75 at the door Si te gusta el stand up comedy, no puedes dejar pasar la oportunidad de ver a Ricardo O'Farril, uno de los mejores exponentes del género en México y Latinoamérica. El 10 de abril, a las 19:00 horas, el Río Theatre será el escenario de su espectáculo "Falacia", una divertida crítica a la sociedad, la política, la religión y la vida cotidiana. [more]

Indigo Girls: It's Only Life After All #MusicMonday

6:30pm - Monday, Apr 15, 2024

With forty years of making music as the iconic folk-rock band Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have made their mark as musicians, songwriters, and dedicated activists. They have represented radical self-acceptance to many, leading multiple generations of fans to say, “the Indigo Girls saved my life.” Still, Amy and Emily battled misogyny, homophobia, and a harsh cultural climate chastising them for not fitting into a female pop star mold. With joy, humor, and heart-warming earnestness, Sundance award-winning director Alexandria Bombach brings us into a contemporary conversation with Amy and Emily—alongside decades of the band's home movies and intimate present-day verité. “The Indigo Girls make a far more intriguing subject for a music doc than most who’ve gotten the treatment in recent years.” (Variety) “An adoring opus... Brimming with previously unseen footage and refreshing frank interviews.” (IndieWire) “The rare confessional rockumentary that envelops you like a soft blanket.” (The Hollywood Reporter) #MusicMonday, April 15 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. IT'S ONLY LIFE AFTER ALL (Alexandria Bombach, 2023 / 123 mins / PG) Known for stirring harmonies and socially conscious lyrics, iconic folk rock duo Indigo Girls are the subject of this intimate and insightful documentary, which tracks their decades-long career. [more]

Echoes of the Andes (Filmmakers in Attendance!)

6:30pm - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2024

ECHOES OF THE ANDES is a thrilling motorcycle journey through Colombia, brought to life by Vancouver-based YouTube creator Megan Kaptein and Aneesh Shivanekar. This vlog-style series offers an immersive look at Colombia's stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, presenting an adventure that is raw and captivating. Launching from Medellin's bustling streets, the journey takes viewers on an unfiltered adventure across Andean peaks and through remote jungles, all without a film crew. Over three weeks, this journey uncovers the essence of motorcycle exploration, marked by unexpected stories, challenges, and deep connections with both nature and local communities. Join the premiere of this YouTube series at a special screening of the 90-minute film and a 20-minute Q&A. This event provides deeper insights into the journey's stories and the making of the series, offering a unique chance to delve into the heart of Colombia through the lens of local adventurers. Tuesday, April 16 Doors: 5:45 pm | Event 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance tickets $14+ s/c | $16 at the door [more]

Paul Cabannes: Brazilian Soul

8:00pm - Friday, Apr 19, 2024

After a decade of living in Brazil, Frenchman Paul Cabannes shares his peculiar vision of Brazilian culture with the public. His show is a portrait in a stand-up format that answers the question: what does it mean to have a Brazilian soul? This show will be performed in Portuguese. PAUL CABANNES EM ALMA DE BRASILEIRO Após uma década morando no Brasil, o francês Paul Cabannes compartilha com o público sua visão peculiar da cultura brasileira. Seu show é um retrato em formato de stand-up que responde à pergunta: o que é ter alma de Brasileiro? Friday, April 19 Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. VIP (Priority seating in rows B-D) tickets $63+ s/c Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $54.60+ s/c Balcony (Assigned Seating) $47.25+ s/c [more]

John Waters: Devil's Advocate

8:00pm - Friday, Apr 26, 2024

The Rio Theatre is beyond excited to welcome beloved filmmaker and pop-culture icon John Waters back to our stage - live! - for a command performance of his new spoken word show, “Devil’s Advocate,” on Friday, April 26. If you missed this show when Mr Waters performed it at the Rio Theatre in 2023, you're in luck! This brand new, fast-moving, comedic monologue about today’s despair and diseases, desires and desperations breaks through with an insane optimism that welcomes all audiences into a new dawn of depravity. He’s here to tell you how to reinvent the movie business, embrace stupidity in an intellectual way, and even go beyond the limits of sexual transgression. John Waters, the man the press has called “The People’s Pervert," will mutate your madness into hope and lead you to a joyous, delirious ever after. Friday, April 26 Doors 7:00 pm | Event 8:00 pm *Sharp! Please arrive on time. Latecomers will not be admitted. Balcony (General Admission) $80+ s/c | $90 at the door Main Floor (Reserved Seating) $90 + s/c | $100 at the door VIP $130+ s/c (Limited quantity available / First four rows, centre section / Max 4 per transaction) VIP tickets include: Early access to the theatre, priority seating in the first four rows/ centre section, a commemorative event poster signed by John Waters(!), access to an exclusive post-show “Group Therapy” session featuring an intimate Q&A, and an opportunity to take a socially-distanced selfie with the man himself. VIP tickets are capped at 4 / transaction. Tickets for this event go on sale on Friday, February 16 at 1:00 pm. Please note: Absolutely no videotaping, audio taping or photography of any kind permitted during the performance. This includes cell phones equipped with cameras or any electronic device with audio, video or photographic capability. Failure to comply with the guidelines outlined above will result in removal from the event. [more]

Mountains on Stage: Summer 2024

7:00pm - Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024

Mountains on Stage is back at the Rio Theatre for its Summer 2024 edition on Tuesday, April 30. Mountains on Stage aims to bring the mountains to the city and to share all the beauty of mountain sports! A selection of the best films related to mountain activities are presented. Tuesday, April 30 Doors 6:00 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance tickets $25 | $25 at the door Film Lineup coming soon! *Minors welcome! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service. *Sorry, no Rio Theatre Groupons or passes accepted for this show. *All Rio Theatre tickets are final sale. *Online sales end an hour before showtime. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are also available for purchase at the box office on the day of the show. [more]

Artcell LIVE!

Artcell LIVE!

8:00pm - Sunday, May 12, 2024

Bangladeshi progressive metal legends Artcell are headed to the Rio Theatre on Sunday, May 12. Get ready to immerse yourself in the raw power and intense riffage when Artcell hit the stage for their first ever performance in Vancouver! Join us in celebrating Artcell's remarkable 25-year journey in the world of metal! Formed in October, 1999 Artcell promises an electrifying night and an unforgettable experience, filled with bone-crushing beats and face-melting guitar solos. Secure your spot now to witness the pure essence of metal! Don't miss the chance to be a part of history as Artcell takes Vancouver by storm. Early Bird and VIP ticket packages available. Presented by Dhaka Club Vancouver Sunday, May 12 Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change Please arrive on time. Balcony Seating (General Admission) Early Bird Tickets $30 + s/c (Limited Number Available - Until February 25) Regular Tickets $40+ s/c | $45 at the door Main Floor Seating (Assigned) Early Bird Tickets $40+ s/c (Limited Number Available - Until February 25) Regular Tickets $50+ s/c | $55 at the door VIP (Platinum Seats Rows 1-2, Post-show Meet n' Greet & Photos with the band) $80+ s/c All tickets for this event will go on sale Friday, February 9 @ 10:00 am [more]

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Artcell LIVE!

8:00pm - Monday, May 13, 2024

Bangladeshi progressive metal legends Artcell are headed to the Rio Theatre for a second night on Monday, May 13. Get ready to immerse yourself in the raw power and intense riffage when Artcell hit the stage for their first ever performance in Vancouver! Join us in celebrating Artcell's remarkable 25-year journey in the world of metal! Formed in October, 1999 Artcell promises an electrifying night and an unforgettable experience, filled with bone-crushing beats and face-melting guitar solos. Secure your spot now to witness the pure essence of metal! Don't miss the chance to be a part of history as Artcell takes Vancouver by storm. Early Bird and VIP ticket packages available. Presented by Dhaka Club Vancouver Monday, May 13 Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change Please arrive on time. Balcony Seating (General Admission) Early Bird Tickets $30 + s/c (Limited Number Available) Regular Tickets $40+ s/c | $45 at the door Main Floor Seating (Assigned) Early Bird Tickets $40+ s/c (Limited Number Available) Regular Tickets $50+ s/c | $55 at the door VIP (Platinum Seats Rows 1-2, Post-show Meet n' Greet & Photos with the band) $80+ s/c All tickets for this event will go on sale Friday, March 1 @ 10:00 am [more]

Dance Filthy Canada 2024

8:00pm - Sunday, May 19, 2024

Tantra Fitness/Be 1 Fitness present Dance Filthy Canada 2024 Sunday, May 19 Doors 7:15pm | Show 8:00pm *Please arrive on time. Balcony (Assigned) $65+ s/c Main Floor (Assigned) $75+ s/c Tickets on sale February 15 @ 1:00 pm Tantra Fitness/B1 Fitness is proud to present the first ever Dance Filthy Canada Pole Dance Competition! Prepare yourselves for the Dance Filthy Canada Pole Dance Competition! Dance Filthy is an opportunity for pole performers to show the deliciously filthy, cheeky, naughty and fun side of pole dance with 3 competition levels; Amateur, Semi-Pro, & Pro. Join us for a wild night of sexy AF pole dancing! The wait is over! Let's get filthy! [more]

Ian Bagg LIVE!

Ian Bagg LIVE!

7:00pm - Thursday, May 30, 2024

Ian Bagg LIVE! The East Van Laugh Riot is pleased to present comedian Ian Bagg LIVE on our stage for a night of laughs on Thursday, May 30. Thursday, May 30 Second Show Added! Doors 9:00 pm | Show 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Regular Tickets $35 + s/c About Ian Bagg Ian Bagg is a world-touring comedian whose comedy was recently described as "dangerously flawless" on the JRE. But he is not just a comedian he is also the co-host of the weekly hockey podcast, "Enjoying Orange Slices with Jeff and Ian." Early in his life, he discovered a love for hockey. Whether he was involved in minor, junior, pro, or friends getting together to play shinny, he loved hockey! He went to some camps and was cut, realizing he had no chance of making the pros. He knew it was time to use his natural talent to make people laugh. Life has been fantastic for this energetic and wildly funny boundary-pushing entertainer. Touring nonstop across North America, he has started taking over the world with Australia, China, and the Middle East. With Europe being one of his latest stops. His fast-paced, off-the-cuff, quick-witted, animated style has him winning over television audiences. He placed in the finals of NBC's "Last Comic Standing." He made appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Tonight Show," A popular guest on WTF, YMH,a half-hour comedy featured on Comedy Central and HBO, not to mention one-hour specials on Showtime "Getting to know you" and Amazon Prime "Conversations"! It also has earned him roles in award-winning movies like MVP 2! (Humble brag!) His fast-paced multi-direction show has made patrons want to see multiple shows on a weekend. The audience becomes characters in his performance as they answer questions. Most comedians have a monologue; Ian has a dialogue. Attend a show immediately and see why his high school history teacher asked Ian's parents if there was something he should know about Ian. [more]

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Ian Bagg LIVE!

9:30pm - Thursday, May 30, 2024

Ian Bagg LIVE! The East Van Laugh Riot is pleased to present comedian Ian Bagg LIVE on our stage for a night of laughs on Thursday, May 30. Thursday, May 30 Doors 6:30 pm | Show 7:00 pm - SOLD OUT *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Second Show Added! Doors 9:00 pm | Show 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Regular Tickets $35 + s/c About Ian Bagg Ian Bagg is a world-touring comedian whose comedy was recently described as "dangerously flawless" on the JRE. But he is not just a comedian he is also the co-host of the weekly hockey podcast, "Enjoying Orange Slices with Jeff and Ian." Early in his life, he discovered a love for hockey. Whether he was involved in minor, junior, pro, or friends getting together to play shinny, he loved hockey! He went to some camps and was cut, realizing he had no chance of making the pros. He knew it was time to use his natural talent to make people laugh. Life has been fantastic for this energetic and wildly funny boundary-pushing entertainer. Touring nonstop across North America, he has started taking over the world with Australia, China, and the Middle East. With Europe being one of his latest stops. His fast-paced, off-the-cuff, quick-witted, animated style has him winning over television audiences. He placed in the finals of NBC's "Last Comic Standing." He made appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Tonight Show," A popular guest on WTF, YMH,a half-hour comedy featured on Comedy Central and HBO, not to mention one-hour specials on Showtime "Getting to know you" and Amazon Prime "Conversations"! It also has earned him roles in award-winning movies like MVP 2! (Humble brag!) His fast-paced multi-direction show has made patrons want to see multiple shows on a weekend. The audience becomes characters in his performance as they answer questions. Most comedians have a monologue; Ian has a dialogue. Attend a show immediately and see why his high school history teacher asked Ian's parents if there was something he should know about Ian. [more]

Joe Peras: The Peras Tour

7:00pm - Thursday, Jul 18, 2024

Just For Laughs Presents JOE PERA: THE PERAS TOUR Thursday, July 18 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (GA) Tickets $45.50 + s/c Main Floor (Assigned Seating) Tickets $45.50+ s/c *Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service. *Limit of 6 tickets per transaction. About Joe Pera: Joe Pera is a standup comedian, writer, and filmmaker from Buffalo, NY now living in New York, NY. Pera is best known for his Adult Swim series, “Joe Pera Talks With You,” which The LA Times refers to as ‘TV’s quietest, most artful comedy’. He has performed his subdued standup on Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Comedy Central. After his animated special “Joe Pera Talks You to Sleep” (which many have found to work), he followed up with other projects for Adult Swim including “Joe Pera Helps You Find The Perfect Christmas Tree” and “Relaxing Old Footage with Joe Pera.” Through his production company, Chestnut Walnut, Pera has also directed a number of film and tv projects including Conner O'Malley's “Truthhunters” pilot for Comedy Central. Pera’s first book ‘A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping Or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape’ is out now from Macmillan publishing, and on the USA TODAY best seller list. “Joe Pera Talks With You” is now available to stream on Max, and Pera can be seen appearing on season 5 of “Search Party.” Pera also voiced the role of “Fern” in Peter Sohn’s Disney Pixar box office smash animated feature film “Elemental.” Pera's new sleep podcast “Drifting Off with Joe Pera,” a collaboration with Composer Ryan Dann, can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Patreon. New episodes release on the first Sunday of each month. On October 6th, Joe released his independently financed and produced comedy special, “Joe Pera: Slow and Steady,” exclusively on his own YouTube channel. The special premiered to a quarter of a million views opening weekend and counting. [more]

Gift Certificate: Single Movie Pass

Share the love! Support the Rio Theatre in 2024

This Rio Theatre gift certificate is good for entry to any single regular film screening. [more]

Gift Certificate: Movie Pass For Two & Concession

Share the love! Support the Rio Theatre in 2024

This Rio Theatre gift certificate is good for entry for two people to any single, regular screening and includes two medium popcorn bags, two medium fountain beverages, and two small candies. [more]

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