Run N Gun 2024: Day One

6:30pm - Monday, Jun 17, 2024

Run N Gun Film Festival and Competition is BACK with 150 short films! We're premiering all of them over a four-day festival, with our first three days at the belovedly awesome Rio Theatre! Each day has TWO themed screenings for the prices of ONE ticket! You don't want to miss these wild, hilarious, scary, dramatic, and ambitious short films. Screening 1: Bold Beginnings (PG) Kick off the festival with a burst of energy! "Bold Beginnings" showcases fun, upbeat films from emerging young filmmakers. Expect a friendly vibe, unexpected delights, and a perfect start to our screenings. Screening 2: Essential Existential (PG) Prepare to be moved and amazed. "Essential Existential" features thought-provoking films that tug at your heartstrings and leave you in awe. A powerful way to conclude the first day, this block is packed with unforgettable cinematic experiences. Monday, June 17 Doors 5:30 pm Early Show 6:30 pm *Start times subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Show 8:30 pm [more]

Run N Gun 2024: Day Two

6:30pm - Tuesday, Jun 18, 2024

Run N Gun Film Festival and Competition is BACK with 150 short films! We're premiering all of them over a four-day festival, with our first three days at the belovedly awesome Rio Theatre! Each day has TWO themed screenings for the prices of ONE ticket! You don't want to miss these wild, hilarious, scary, dramatic, and ambitious short films. Screening 3: Dude, Where's My Short? Get ready for a wild ride! "Dude, Where's My Short?" offers a mix of hilarious, trippy, and out-of-this-world films. With animation, ambitious storytelling, and even an underwater shoot, this eclectic block is unmissable. Screening 4: Fast Times at the Rio Theatre (14+) Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience! "Fast Times at the Rio Theatre" features wild, wacky, and out-of-control films that feel right at home on Adult Swim. These mind-blowing shorts will transport you to other dimensions. Take a puff and enjoy the ride! Tuesday, June 18 Doors 5:30 pm Early Show 6:30 pm *Start times subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Show 8:30 pm [more]

Run N Gun 2024: Day Three

6:30pm - Wednesday, Jun 19, 2024

Run N Gun Film Festival and Competition is BACK with 150 short films! We're premiering all of them over a four-day festival, with our first three days at the belovedly awesome Rio Theatre! Each day has TWO themed screenings for the prices of ONE ticket! You don't want to miss these wild, hilarious, scary, dramatic, and ambitious short films. Screening 5: Wicked Wednesday (PG) Dive into the dark and weird side of cinema. "Wicked Wednesday" takes you on a journey through sci-fi, horror, thriller, and existential films. Get ready to be transported out of this world and ponder life's big questions. Screening 6: 48 Hours Later (14+) End the festival with a bang! "48 Hours Later" is our iconic dark ending block, pushing boundaries with films that are provocative, frightening, and jaw-dropping. This screening will leave you speechless and eager for more. Wednesday, June 19 Doors 5:30 pm Early Show 6:30 pm *Start times subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Show 8:30 pm [more]

I Used To Be Funny

6:20pm - Friday, Jun 21, 2024

Aly Pankiw's Toronto-set feature debut focuses on a young stand-up comedian (Rachel Sennott, BOTTOMS, SHIVA BABY) struggling with PTSD and the decision to join the search for a missing teen she used to nanny. With Olga Petsa, Jason Jones, Sabrina Jalees. "Features a mic-drop performance from Rachel Sennott." (New York Times' Critics Pick) "... this ambitious, imperfect drama does pull off a complex thematic mix, encompassing issues from grief to sexual assault, with a generous helping of humor to lend its darkness some light." (Variety) "It’s blend of emotional realism, a fantastic lead performance, and exacting direction from Pankiw make for one of the essential movies of the season." (Film Threat) "Rachel Sennott has the greatest face. It cannot lie, no matter what her characters are saying. That honesty makes her ideal for films with tricky tones... And it’s essential to 'I Used to Be Funny'." (Globe and Mail) Friday, June 21 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:20 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. I USED TO BE FUNNY (Aly Pankiw, 2023 / 105 mins / NR) Sam, a stand-up comedian struggling with PTSD, weighs whether or not to join the search for a missing teenage girl she used to nanny. [more]

I Saw the TV Glow

9:00pm - Friday, Jun 21, 2024

Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack. With Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Fred Durst, Danielle Deadwyler. "'Glow' blends the real and the surreal in a neon-drenched nightmare that leaves a trail of thematic breadcrumbs for its audience." (USA Today) "‘I Saw the TV Glow’ is about to become Gen-Z’s favorite cult movie... Filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun's addition to the midnight-movie canon starts with a shared love of a TV show — and then goes down the fandom rabbit hole" (Rolling Stone Magazine) "Director Jane Schoenbrun blurs the lines between reality and fantasy with an intoxicating, Lynchian flair." (Washington Post) "With all this talk of universal emotions and inherent hope, it is easy to lose track of the fact that I Saw the TV Glow is an unnerving and disarming genre film. It gets under the skin, and is a welcome disruption." (Rue Morgue) Friday, June 21 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. I SAW THE TV GLOW (Jane Shoenbrun, 2024 / 100 mins / PG) Two teenagers bond over their love of a supernatural TV show, but it is mysteriously cancelled. [more]

The Doom Generation (4K Restoration)

11:15pm - Friday, Jun 21, 2024

The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on June 21 with Gregg Araki's fifth feature, the 1995 dark satire THE DOOM GENERATION. Billed as, "A Heterosexual Movie by Gregg Araki," the film is the second installment in the director's trilogy known as the Teenage Apocalypse film trilogy, preceded by TOTALLY FUCKED UP (1993) and followed by NOWEHERE (1997). Jordan White and Amy Blue pick up a handsome drifter named Xavier Red. Red tends to create combustible situations -- for example, a trip to a convenience store leads to a clerk getting decapitated. Afterward, the trio voyages through small-town America, where Amy is accosted by various men claiming to be her lovers, and she and Jordan find themselves drawn to Xavier. But can any amount of sex lift the sense of doom hanging over them? With James Duval, Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech. "While most filmmakers aim to create films that are the pinnacle of their genre, Araki is comfortable exploring a genre's very bottom, its nadir." (The Stranger) "A nihilistic comedy about a trio of alienated youngsters, pic is bold not only in its art design, but also in its narrative and tone, a mixture of satire and horror with heavy dosage of steamy sex and macabre violence." (Variety) "Imagine 'Natural Born Killers' with a sense of humour." (Time Out) Friday, June 21 Doors 10:45 pm | Movie 11:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. THE DOOM GENERATION (Gregg Araki, 1995 / 85 mins / 18A) Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex-and-violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickie marts. [more]

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

10:30am - Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

Remember Saturday mornings...? The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party is returning to the Rio Theatre on Saturday, June 22 with an all-new lineup of retro TV goodness covered in sugary cereal. It's Volume III! 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. Curated by David Bertrand Dairy-free options available! Compostable bowls and spoons will be provided. We encourage guests to bring their own NON-BREAKABLE (ie, not ceramic) bowls and spoons. Saturday, June 22 Doors 10:00 am | Event 10:30 am *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $20 Balcony (General Admission) | $20 Kids Pricing (13 and under) | $14 [more]

Once Upon A Time In The West (1969)

2:30pm - Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

"How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders, a man who can't even trust his pants?" Once Upon a Time in the West is a critically acclaimed Italian Western released in 1968. Directed by Sergio Leone, the film stars Henry Fonda as Frank and Charles Bronson as Harmonica, two men who work together to protect widow Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale) from an assassin. Sergio Donati and Leone wrote the screenplay for the film based on a story by Dario Argento. "The epic spaghetti Western features an excellent score from Ennio Morricone, sweeping cinematography, and a gritty cast with rugged features that are great for Leone’s close-up and long takes." (Nerd Reactor) "An additional treat is seeing Hollywood good guy Henry Fonda playing one of the nastiest curs in the West. Once Upon a Time in the West is one of the great films in cinema history." (Austin Chronicle) "Good fun, especially if you like Leone's way of savoring the last morsel of every scene." (Roger Ebert) Saturday June 22 Doors 2:00 pm | Film 2:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Once Upon A Time In The West (1969 | Sergio Leone | 166 min | PG-13) As the railroad builders advance unstoppably through the Arizona desert on their way to the sea, Jill arrives in the small town of Flagstone with the intention of starting a new life. [more]

Chestnut

6:00pm - Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

After graduating college, Annie is the only one of her friends who stayed behind in her small college city of Philadelphia for the summer. She has a good job lined up in LA come fall and is seemingly ready to make the leap, but things still feel unfinished. During this aimless in-between period, Annie finds herself entangled with Tyler, a woman she meets out at a bar one night, and Danny, Tyler's co-worker... or best friend... or more? Annie is never quite sure. CHESTNUT follows Annie through a summer of self-discovery as all three of them battle for unrequited connection, ultimately helping Annie find her voice in desire, independence, and the comfort in change. With Natalia Dyer, Rachel Keller, Danny Ramirez. Saturday, June 22 Doors 5:30 pm | Movie 6:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. CHESTNUT (Jac Cron, 2024 / 87 mins / NR) A recent graduate becomes entangled in a relationship with a man and a woman during her summer after college. [more]

Run Lola Run (25th Anniversary 4K Restoration

8:30pm - Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

German filmmaker Tom Tykwer's RUN LOLA RUN - remastered in 4K for it 25th Anniversary - was one of the standout, breakout international hits of the 90s, thanks to its visually and conceptually impressive asethetic and one of the most heart-pounding soundtracks of that decade. The story follows a two-bit Berlin criminal Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who is meant to delivers some smuggled loot for his boss, Ronnie (Heino Ferch), but accidentally leaves the 100,000 mark payment in a subway car. Given 20 minutes to come up with the money, he calls his girlfriend, Lola (Franka Potente), who sprints through the streets of the city to try to beg the money out of her bank manager father (Herbert Knaup) and get to Manni before he does something desperate. "More fun than a barrel of Jean-Paul Sartre, pic's energy riffs on an engaging love story and really human performances while offering a series of what-ifs and a blood-stirring soundtrack." (Rotten Tomatoes) "A madly spinning top of a movie." (Entertainment Weekly) "Cleverly juggling the elements and encounters of a simple thriller scenario by using multiple viewpoints and a domino effect to create different destinies..." (Variety) "Not only does Lola run, she takes this hyperkinetic pop culture firecracker of a film with her." (LA Times) Saturdyday, June 22 Final Screening Doors 8:10 pm | Movie 8:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. RUN LOLA RUN (Tom Tykwer, 1998 / 81 mins / PG / In German with English subtitles) Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni, who has lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy - and now she has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet him, otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run. [more]

Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange

10:30pm - Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

"No time for the old in-n-out, love, I've just come to read the meter." Based on Anthony Burgess's disturbing novel about England in the totalitarian future, director Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE stars Malcolm McDowell as Alex, a Beethoven-loving, head-bashing punk who leads his gang of droogs on ultra-violent assaults--until he is captured by authorities and subjected to nasty behavior-modification therapy. "Stanley Kubrick's contributions are his wit and his eye. The wit, too much at times, is as biting as in Dr. Strangelove, and the production, while of another order, is as spectacular as in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY." (Gene Siskel) "What our nightmares have accustomed us to see in dreams, Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE shows us in broad daylight. It is one of the most unsettling films in the whole of cinema." (London Evening Standard) Saturday, June 22 Doors 10:00 pm | Movie 10:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Stanley Kubrick, 136 mins / 1971 / 18A) | In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan. [more]

Spirited Away

12:45pm - Sunday, Jun 23, 2024

Since its release in 2001, Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY still remains one of the most explosively original and enchanting animated films ever made - and it's even better on the big screen! Enter a captivating world of witches, dragons and spirits, in a critically-acclaimed story that became a worldwide phenomenon. The film followed a ten year old girl who wanders away from her parents along a path that leads to a world ruled by strange and unusual monster-like animals, only to discover that they have been changed into pigs along with others inside a bathhouse full of these creatures. "Artful but not arty, SPIRITED AWAY is a handcrafted cartoon, as personal as an Utamaro painting, yet its breadth and heart give it an appeal that should touch American viewers of all ages." (Time Magazine) "Miyazaki's luminescent, gorgeously realized world is relatively safe for children, but it also acknowledges blood, pain, dread, and death in ways that other animated films wouldn't dare." (AV Club) "Knock me down with a feather, it turns out to be terrific; maybe not a masterpiece, but certainly aglitter with invention, excitement and a mysterious kind of wit." (The Independent) Sunday, June 23 This screening is the English dub. Doors 12:15 pm | Movie 12:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Kids Pricing in Effect! Kids tickets are $6! SPIRITED AWAY (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001 DCP / 125 mins / PG) 10-year-old Chihiro is on another seemingly-boring trip with her parents. However, when they stop at a mysterious village, her parents undergo a puzzling transformation, and she is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons and a witch who never wants to see her leave. Chihiro must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. [more]

All That Jazz

6:30pm - Sunday, Jun 23, 2024

It's showtime folks! Slick your hair and wear your buckle shoes to The Rio Theatre, June 23 as we celebrate the birthday of the life and legend in the entertainment industry and a man who changed the art of dance forever, Mr. BOB FOSSE. A, 5, 6, 7, 8! All That Jazz is a 1979 American musical drama film directed by Bob Fosse. The screenplay, by Robert Alan Aurthur and Fosse, is a semi-autobiographical fantasy based on aspects of Fosse's life and career as a dancer, choreographer and director. The film was inspired by Fosse's manic effort to edit his film Lenny while simultaneously staging the 1975 Broadway musical Chicago. It borrows its title from the Kander and Ebb tune "All That Jazz" in that production. The film won the Palme d'Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. In 2001, All That Jazz was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. When he is not planning for his upcoming stage musical or working on his Hollywood film, choreographer/director Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) is popping pills and sleeping with a seemingly endless line of women. The physical and mental stress begins to take a toll on the ragged perfectionist. Soon, he must decide whether or not his non-stop work schedule and hedonistic lifestyle are worth risking his life. "A tour de force self-portrait by the brilliant writer-director-choreographer Bob Fosse, as seamlessly impersonated in a career-peak turn from Roy Scheider." (Rotten Tomatoes) "This is a plausible milestone in the evolution of the Hollywood film, a quivering, pulsating, dynamic, excessive and flawed film that wears its alienation proudly where its heart should be." (Boston Globe) Sunday, June 23 Doors 6:00 pm | Film 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. ALL THAT JAZZ (Bob Fosse | 1979 | 123 min | R) Joe Gideon is at the top of the heap, one of the most successful directors and choreographers in musical theater. But he can feel his world slowly collapsing around him - his obsession with work has almost destroyed his personal life, and only his bottles of pills keep him going. [more]

I Saw the TV Glow

9:15pm - Sunday, Jun 23, 2024

Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack. With Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Fred Durst, Danielle Deadwyler. "'Glow' blends the real and the surreal in a neon-drenched nightmare that leaves a trail of thematic breadcrumbs for its audience." (USA Today) "‘I Saw the TV Glow’ is about to become Gen-Z’s favorite cult movie... Filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun's addition to the midnight-movie canon starts with a shared love of a TV show — and then goes down the fandom rabbit hole" (Rolling Stone Magazine) "Director Jane Schoenbrun blurs the lines between reality and fantasy with an intoxicating, Lynchian flair." (Washington Post) "With all this talk of universal emotions and inherent hope, it is easy to lose track of the fact that I Saw the TV Glow is an unnerving and disarming genre film. It gets under the skin, and is a welcome disruption." (Rue Morgue) Sunday, June 23 Doors 8:45 pm | Movie 9:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. I SAW THE TV GLOW (Jane Shoenbrun, 2024 / 100 mins / PG) Two teenagers bond over their love of a supernatural TV show, but it is mysteriously cancelled. [more]

Midsommar (Director's Cut)

9:00pm - Monday, Jun 24, 2024

From the visionary mind of Ari Aster (HEREDITARY, BEAU IS AFRAID) comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale, where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight... MIDSOMMAR remains one of our favourite arthouse horror films of the past few years... What better way to pay homage to the start of summer than with a screening of this modern horror classic than with this particular work of nightmare fuel? Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. With Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor. "'Midsommar' is a dark horror (though shot in bright sunlight), full of disturbing images that will follow you home and possibly inhabit your nightmares." (The National Post) "'Midsommar' isn't just a great horror movie... It is also one of the best movies ever made about living with mental illness." (Salon.com) Monday, June 24 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. MIDSOMMAR (Ari Aster, 2019 / 151 mins / 18A / In English & Swedish with subtitles) A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. [more]

I Used To Be Funny

7:00pm - Tuesday, Jun 25, 2024

Aly Pankiw's Toronto-set feature debut focuses on a young stand-up comedian (Rachel Sennott, BOTTOMS, SHIVA BABY) struggling with PTSD and the decision to join the search for a missing teen she used to nanny. With Olga Petsa, Jason Jones, Sabrina Jalees. "Features a mic-drop performance from Rachel Sennott." (New York Times' Critics Pick) "... this ambitious, imperfect drama does pull off a complex thematic mix, encompassing issues from grief to sexual assault, with a generous helping of humor to lend its darkness some light." (Variety) "It’s blend of emotional realism, a fantastic lead performance, and exacting direction from Pankiw make for one of the essential movies of the season." (Film Threat) "Rachel Sennott has the greatest face. It cannot lie, no matter what her characters are saying. That honesty makes her ideal for films with tricky tones... And it’s essential to 'I Used to Be Funny'." (Globe and Mail) Tuesday, June 25 Doors 6:30 pm | Movie 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. I USED TO BE FUNNY (Aly Pankiw, 2023 / 105 mins / NR) Sam, a stand-up comedian struggling with PTSD, weighs whether or not to join the search for a missing teenage girl she used to nanny. [more]

In A Violent Nature

9:30pm - Tuesday, Jun 25, 2024

When a group of teens takes a locket from a collapsed fire tower in the woods, they unwittingly resurrect the rotting corpse of Johnny, a vengeful spirit spurred on by a horrific 60-year old crime. The undead killer soon embarks on a bloody rampage to retrieve the stolen locket, methodically slaughtering anyone who gets in his way. With Ry Barrett, Andrea Pavlovic, and Lauren-Marie Taylor. "Like a swift axe to the skull, 'In a Violent Nature' is blunt and makes no excuses for itself. How refreshing." (Slate) "Diabolical Canadian slasher film 'In A Violent Nature' has art on its mind and blood on its hands." (Globe and Mail) "The grossest, most elaborate kill-scenes I've ever seen in my life all fit seamlessly, where in other films a similar hodgepodge could fall flat amidst the chaos. This feels classic and completely new all at once." (Salon.com) "Claiming inspiration from Terrence Malick and others, Nash has attempted an ambitious blend of art house and slaughterhouse whose rug-pulling ending will polarize, even as its moody logic prevails." (New York Times) Tuesday, June 25 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. IN A VIOLENT NATURE (Chris Nash, 2024 / 84 mins / 18A) An ambient slasher that follows Johnny, a vengeful undead brute, as he methodically slaughters a group of campers in the wilderness after they remove a pendant from his resting grounds. [more]

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

7:00pm - Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024

The live, smash hit epic comedy THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW returns to the Rio Theatre's stage for another night of improv comedy gold on Wednesday, June 26. Prepare yourself for more monsters, medieval mirth, merriment, and... snacks. Now in its 12th year, THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW is bone fide East Van staple. 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. 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, June 26 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! X: @critshow www.criticalhitshow.com www.facebook.com/dndlive [more]

The Vancouver Burlesque Co. Presents: Spring 2024 Student Showcase

8:00pm - Thursday, Jun 27, 2024

The Vancouver Burlesque Co. welcomes you to the finale show of their Spring 2024 season - and their first student showcase event of the year at the Rio Theatre! Join us as we celebrate our student's accomplishments, onstage in a sparkly season wrap-up! Prepare yourself for amazing large group acts, and some stunning soloists. These shows are magic and we can't wait to share the evening with friends, family and fans! Thursday, June 27 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]

Pearl

9:00pm - Friday, Jun 28, 2024

Yes, we're as excited as you are for the third installment of Ti West's bloody amazing franchise, MAXXINE, hitting movie screens on Friday, July 5! So yes, of course, we're going to revisit both X (2022), and its prequel PEARL (2022), with a double bill screening on Friday, June 28! Following the breakout success of filmmaker West's highly acclaimed X in 2022, he (and muse Mia Goth) surprised everyone with the surprise release of prequel PEARL that same year, continuing the twisted story with a pathological origin story for one of horror cinema's most unexpectedly earnest villains. Trapped on her family's isolated farm, Pearl (Mia Goth) must tend to her ailing father under the bitter and overbearing watch of her devout mother. Lusting for a glamorous life like she's seen in the movies, Pearl finds her ambitions, temptations, and repressions all colliding in this stunning, technicolor-inspired origin story of X's iconic villain. "You leave admiring the film’s kills, the lingua franca of any slasher flick. What stays with you, though, is its portrait of a psychological crack turning into a chasm." (Rolling Stone Magazine) "West and Goth created an inventive, unique slasher genre, and a movie worth re-watching several times." (Chicago Reader) "'Pearl' finds Ti West squeezing fresh gore out of the world he created with X -- and once again benefiting from a brilliant Mia Goth performance." (Rotten Tomatoes) "If Douglas Sirk made a slasher flick, it would be Pearl." (Filmweek LA) Friday, June 28 PEARL Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 8 PEARL (Ti West, 2022 / 18A / 103 mins) Trapped on an isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the watch of her mother. Lusting for the glamorous life she's seen in movies, Pearl's temptations and repressions collide. [more]

Double Bill: Pearl & X

9:00pm - Friday, Jun 28, 2024

Yes, we're as excited as you are for the third installment of Ti West's bloody amazing franchise, MAXXINE, hitting movie screens on Friday, July 5! So yes, of course, we're going to revisit both X (2022), and its prequel PEARL (2022), with a double bill screening on Friday, June 28! Following the breakout success of filmmaker West's highly acclaimed X in 2022, he (and muse Mia Goth) surprised everyone with the surprise release of prequel PEARL that same year, continuing the twisted story with a pathological origin story for one of horror cinema's most unexpectedly earnest villains. Trapped on her family's isolated farm, Pearl (Mia Goth) must tend to her ailing father under the bitter and overbearing watch of her devout mother. Lusting for a glamorous life like she's seen in the movies, Pearl finds her ambitions, temptations, and repressions all colliding in this stunning, technicolor-inspired origin story of X's iconic villain. "You leave admiring the film’s kills, the lingua franca of any slasher flick. What stays with you, though, is its portrait of a psychological crack turning into a chasm." (Rolling Stone Magazine) "West and Goth created an inventive, unique slasher genre, and a movie worth re-watching several times." (Chicago Reader) "'Pearl' finds Ti West squeezing fresh gore out of the world he created with X -- and once again benefiting from a brilliant Mia Goth performance." (Rotten Tomatoes) "If Douglas Sirk made a slasher flick, it would be Pearl." (Filmweek LA) Friday, June 28 PEARL Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Single Film Tickets here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30429-pearl X 11:00 pm *As this is screening as part of a double bill, the start time is approximate. Single Film Tickets here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30430-ti-west-s-x Late Night Date Night! Bring a friend or date to our Friday Late Night Movie screening of X and get two-for-one entry! PEARL (Ti West, 2022 / 18A / 103 mins) Trapped on an isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the watch of her mother. Lusting for the glamorous life she's seen in movies, Pearl's temptations and repressions collide. X (Ti West, 2022 / 106 mins / 18 A) In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives. [more]

Ti West's: X

11:00pm - Friday, Jun 28, 2024

Yes, we're as excited as you are for the third installment of Ti West's bloody amazing franchise, MAXXINE, hitting movie screens on Friday, July 5! So yes, of course, we're going to revisit both X (2022), and its prequel PEARL (2022), with a double bill screening on Friday, June 28! In 2022, filmmaker Ti West surprised everyone from serious cinephiles (including Martin Scorsese) and hardcore horror lovers with his fresh and inventive take on the slasher genre with the breakout hit X. Then six months later, West (and muse Mia Goth, in a career-defining performance) then surprised everyone, everywhere, all at once by gifting us with the release of PEARL, the surprise prequel to X. Set in 1979, X follows a group of young filmmakers who set out to make an adult film in rural Texas. Things get complicated and dangerous when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, which leaves the cast fighting for their lives. With Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure, and Scott Mescudi. "A fresh spin on the classic slasher formula, X marks the spot where Ti West gets resoundingly back to his horror roots." (Rotten Tomatoes) "This is really great, a throwback to those grindhouse films of the 1970s." (Filmweek / NPR) "Bloody. Brutal. Grungier than a big-city back alley and more guts-strewn than a slaughterhouse. This is how you like your slasher-flick horror, and trust us when we say Ti West has your back." (Rolling Stone) "The rare recent horror movie that remembers the genre is at its best when its fun, depraved and undercover smart." (NOW Toronto) "This is an homage but also a strikingly original and cheerfully grotesque work, filled with dark humor, relatively complex subtext and gung-ho, all-in performances from the talented ensemble cast." (Chicago Sun-Times) Friday, June 28 X Film: 11:00 pm *As this is screening as part of a double bill, the start time is approximate. Late Night Date Night! Bring a friend or date to our Friday Late Night Movie screening of X and get two-for-one entry! Why not make it a Ti West Double Feature with PEARL and X for one sweet price! TICKETS ON SALE JUNE 8 X (Ti West, 2022 / 106 mins / 18 A) In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives. [more]

Rio Sports Bar: UFC 303 McGregor vs. Chandler

7:00pm - Saturday, Jun 29, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, June 29 for the UFC title card everyone can't stop talking about - CONOR MCGREGOR vs. MICHAEL CHANDLER. Saturday, June 29 Doors 6:30 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Early Bird Tickets (Until June 13) $15 Main Floor - Centre Section (Assigned Seating) $20 Squad Pass (Group of Four - online only) $60 ************* FIGHT CARD ************* Welterweight / Main Event Conor McGrefi (Ireland) vs. Michael Chandler (USA) Light Heavyweight / Co-main Jamahal Hill (USA) vs. Carlos Ulberg (New Zealand) Women Bantamweight Mayra Bueno Silva (Brazil) vs. Macy Chiasson (USA) Middleweight Bout Joe Pyfer (USA) vs. Marc-Andre Barriault (Canada) Welterweight Bout Ian Machado Garry (Ireland) vs. Michael Page Featherweight Bout Cub Swanson (USA) vs. Andre Fili (USA) Featherweight Bout Charles Jourdain (Canada) vs. Jean Silva (Brazil) Bantamweight Bout Payton Talbott  (USA) vs Yanis Ghemmouri (France) Women's Strawweight Bout Michelle Waterson-Gomez (USA) vs. Gillian Robertson (Canada) Flyweight Bout Rei Tsuruya (Japan) vs. Carlos Hernandez (USA) [more]

James LIVE!

8:00pm - Sunday, Jun 30, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch legendary Bangladeshi singer-songwriter, guitarist and composer James, for a live performance in an intimate setting on Sunday, June 30. A renowned multi-instrumentalist and solo icon in his home country, he came to prominence in the band Nagar Baul ("Feelings"). He is an iconic rock star whose music transcends generations in Bangladesh, and beyond Known by many in his home country as "Guru," James is renowned for his soulful melodies and electrifying performances, and has carved a permanent place in the hearts of Bengalis everywhere. His music resonates not only in Bangladesh but also across borders, reaching admirers in neighboring countries like India. James is more than just a rockstar; he is a cultural icon, revered by fans for his authenticity,passion, and unwavering commitment to his craft. Sunday, June 30 Doors 6:30 pm | Event 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (General Admission) Tickets $80+ s/c | $85 at the door Main Floor (General Admission / Front of Stage) Tickets $100+ s/c | $105 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating / Rows E-O) $100+ s/c | $105 at the door [more]

Ghost In The Shell (1995)

7:30pm - Monday, Jul 1, 2024

Join us on July 1 for an Anime Monday double bill screening featuring Mamoru Oshii’s original landmark GHOST IN THE SHELL, followed by a screening of its 2004 sequel GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE,now lustrously restored in 4K for its 20th anniversary. See one, or see them both for one sweet price! GHOST IN THE SHELL is a title that has evolved into something of a cultural phenomenon, spawning sequels, remakes, and even a live action film. The story follows a cyborg policewoman named Motoko Kusanagi, who is herself a "ghost in a shell" (meaning her living consciousness is somewhere being projected into a organic/mechanical body). She struggles with what it means to be "alive" while searching for a master hacker known as “the Puppet Master” whose motivation goes beyond merely disrupting the status quo. Full of action, pathos, and glorious vistas of a city mixing tradition and futurism, GHOST IN THE SHELL is best experienced and appreciated when viewed on the big screen. "... a pillar of the cyberpunk movement and a testament to visual realism in animation." (Nerdist) "A stunning feat of modern animation, GHOST IN THE SHELL offers a thoughtful, complex treat for anime fans, as well as a perfect introduction for viewers new to the genre." (Rotten Tomatoes) "For sheer mind-expanding sci-fi strangeness this is hard to beat." (Time Out) "Most alluring are the crumbling neon cityscapes, real world/cyberspace fusion and the musings on identity." (Total Film) Monday, July 1 Doors 7:00 pm | Movie 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time Why not make it a double bill with GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE at 9:30 pm here: GHOST IN THE SHELL "Kôkaku kidôtai" (Mamoru Oshii,1995, 83 mins / 14 A  / Japanese with English subs) In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster. [more]

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (20th Anniversary Restoration)

9:30pm - Monday, Jul 1, 2024

Join us on July 1 for an Anime Monday double bill screening featuring Mamoru Oshii’s original landmark GHOST IN THE SHELL, followed by a screening of its 2004 sequelGHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE,now lustrously restored in 4K for its 20th anniversary. See one, or see them both for one sweet price! Acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii pushes further into the world and concepts first developed in his groundbreaking film GHOST IN THE SHELL, considered one of the most important and iconic anime films ever made. With its thought-provoking speculations on artificial intelligence, which have only become more relevant in our present world, GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE celebrates its 20th anniversary w a lustrous new 4K restoration. In the year 2032, the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. A string of murders perpetrated by a prototype android model has drawn the attention of Public Security Section 9, a unit specializing in counter cyber-terrorism. With none of the victims' families pressing charges, suspicions arise regarding the nature of the androids and their production company. In the course of the investigation, the almost entirely cyber-bodied agent Batou, and his still human partner Togusa embark on a journey through a technological dystopia, taking on ferocious Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, government bureaucrats, and corporate criminals to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime. "Mamoru Oshii's 2004 follow-up to his 1995 anime noir is that rare sequel that surpasses the original." (Chicago Reader) "The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie's never less than visually breathtaking." (Time Out) "Innocence' doesn't just reveal a wealth of visual enchantments; it restates the case that there can and should be more to feature-length animations than cheap jokes, bathos and pandering." (New York Times) Anime Monday, July 1 Doors 9:15 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Screening as part of a double bill; start time subject to change. Please arrive on time **************************************************************************** Why not make it a double bill with GHOST IN THE SHELL at 7:30 pm here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30537-ghost-in-the-shell-double-bill-1995-version-and-part-2-innocence **************************************************************************** GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (Mamoru Oshii. 2004 / 100 mins / 14A / Japanese w/EST)A mostly-mechanical cyborg and his human-looking partner track robotic sex dolls that have murdered their masters. [more]

The Warriors

7:30pm - Wednesday, Jul 3, 2024

"Can you dig it?" We're getting into the summer groove with a prime time double bill featuring not one, but two phenomenally stylish cult-classics from iconic filmmaker Walter Hill: THE WARRIORS and STREETS OF FIRE. See one, or see 'em both for one sweet price! Come out and play with us with one seriously bad-ass (not to mention frequently requested) 1970s action thriller - Hill's pop-art fantasy sensation THE WARRIORS. Beyond its well-deserved status as a total cult-classic, the film is a visual sensation for both its incredibly creative production value and for how it captured a very specific, distinctly gritty era of New York City.There's nothing quite like THE WARRIORS in a theatre with other people that love this movie; if you have seen it, then you already dig we're talking about! Costumes very welcome - and encouraged.(And yes, there will even be prizes, so let your Fury freak flag fly.) But please: Leave your glass bottles and baseball bats at home, OK? Presented in partnership with our beautifully stylish friends and East Van neighbours from East Vanity Parlour "Much of the movie looks as if Fritz Lang had directed 'The Wiz,' with occasional contributions from Sergei Eisenstein and Bruce Lee." (The Village Voice) Wednesday, July 3 THE WARRIORS Doors 7:00 pm | Movie 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Why not make it a Walter Hill Double Bill with both THE WARRIORS at 7:30 pm and STREETS OF FIRE (40th Anniversary Screening) at 9:30 pm here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30444-walter-hill-double-bill-the-warriors-streets-of-fire THE WARRIORS (Walter Hill, 1979 / 93 mins / 18A) |  It's the Summer of 1979 in New York City and a prominent, charismatic gang leader named Cyrus summons street gangs to set aside rival turf wars in a bid to overtake the city instead. When he is killed, a rag-tag gang called The Warriors are falsely blamed, at which point they must figure out a way fight their way all the way from the Bronx to the safety of home in Coney Island while every other gang and the cops are hunting them down... And trying to kill them. [more]

Streets of Fire (40th Anniversary Screening)

9:30pm - Wednesday, Jul 3, 2024

"Can you dig it?" We're getting into the summer groove with a prime time double bill featuring not one, but two phenomenally stylish cult-classics from iconic filmmaker Walter Hill: THE WARRIORS and STREETS OF FIRE. See one, or see 'em both for one sweet price! Hill's action-adventure-musical STREETS OF FIRE is a bona fide cult-classic guilty pleasure that, upon its release in 1984, spoke directly to the MTV generation. Featuring a memorable soundtrack from musician Ry Cooder and billed as a "rock and roll fable from another time, another place," the film stars Willem Dafoe as Raven Shaddock, who - with his gang of merciless biker friends - kidnaps rock singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Ellen's former lover, soldier-for-hire Tom Cody (Michael Paré), happens to be passing through town on a visit. In an attempt to save his star act, Ellen's manager Billy Fish (Rick Moranis) hires Tom to rescue her. Along with a former soldier named McCoy (Amy Madigan), they battle through dangerous cityscapes, determined to get Ellen back. Costumes very welcome - and encouraged.(And yes, there will even be prizes, so let your Fury freak flag fly.) But please: Leave your glass bottles and baseball bats at home, OK? Presented in partnership with our beautifully stylish friends and East Van neighbours from East Vanity Parlour "A carefully stylized movie that's something like pure cinema." (UK Observer) Wednesday, July 3 STREETS OF FIRE (40th Anniversary Screening) Movie 9:30 pm *Start time is approximate. Please arrive on time. Why not make it a Walter Hill Double Bill with both THE WARRIORS at 7:30 pm and STREETS OF FIRE (40th Anniversary Screening) at 9:30 pm here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30444-walter-hill-double-bill-the-warriors-streets-of-fire STREETS OF FIRE (Walter Hill, 1984 / 93 mins / PG) A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang. [more]

Walter Hill DOUBLE BILL: The Warriors & Streets of Fire

9:30pm - Wednesday, Jul 3, 2024

"Can you dig it?" We're getting into the summer groove with a prime time double bill featuring not one, but two phenomenally stylish cult-classics from iconic filmmaker Walter Hill: THE WARRIORS and STREETS OF FIRE. See one, or see 'em both for one sweet price! Hill's action-adventure-musical STREETS OF FIRE is a bona fide cult-classic guilty pleasure that, upon its release in 1984, spoke directly to the MTV generation. Featuring a memorable soundtrack from musician Ry Cooder and billed as a "rock and roll fable from another time, another place," the film stars Willem Dafoe as Raven Shaddock, who - with his gang of merciless biker friends - kidnaps rock singer Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Ellen's former lover, soldier-for-hire Tom Cody (Michael Paré), happens to be passing through town on a visit. In an attempt to save his star act, Ellen's manager Billy Fish (Rick Moranis) hires Tom to rescue her. Along with a former soldier named McCoy (Amy Madigan), they battle through dangerous cityscapes, determined to get Ellen back. Costumes very welcome - and encouraged.(And yes, there will even be prizes, so let your Fury freak flag fly.) But please: Leave your glass bottles and baseball bats at home, OK? Presented in partnership with our beautifully stylish friends and East Van neighbours from East Vanity Parlour "A carefully stylized movie that's something like pure cinema." (UK Observer) Wednesday, July 3 THE WARRIORS Doors 7:00 pm | Movie 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance single film tickets here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30442-the-warriors STREETS OF FIRE (40th Anniversary Screening) Movie 9:30 pm *Start time is approximate. Please arrive on time. Advance single film tickets here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30443-streets-of-fire-40th-anniversary-screening THE WARRIORS (Walter Hill, 1979 / 93 mins / 18A) |  It's the Summer of 1979 in New York City and a prominent, charismatic gang leader named Cyrus summons street gangs to set aside rival turf wars in a bid to overtake the city instead. When he is killed, a rag-tag gang called The Warriors are falsely blamed, at which point they must figure out a way fight their way all the way from the Bronx to the safety of home in Coney Island while every other gang and the cops are hunting them down... And trying to kill them. STREETS OF FIRE (Walter Hill, 1984 / 93 mins / PG) A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang. [more]

Grease Sing-A-Long!

7:00pm - Friday, Jul 5, 2024

"Hopelessly devoted to you..." There's no better way to experience GREASE - which has been rockin' and rollin' and what-not for over 40 years - than at the Rio Theatre, surrounded by lovers of the film who are as excited to see it as you are, and on the biggest screen in town! This is the one that you want... Complete with lyrics on the screen, the bouncing ball, prop bags, a crazy-fun costume contest, and so much more! All ages are very welcome, costumes are highly encouraged, and audience participation is absolutely essential. Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of "Grease," the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines? Please note: A hickey from Kinickie is like a Hallmark card. Hosted by Tik Tok & Instagram superstar, DANDY! Friday, July 5 Doors 6:00 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please note: This event will include a costume contest directly prior to the screening, includes a brief intermission. Please arrive on time to ensure great seats! General Admission $25 | $30 at the door Kids (Under 15) $18 | $23 at the door Pink Lady | T-Birds Group Pass (Group of Four - Online Only) $80 GREASE (Randal Kleiser, 1978 / 110 mins / PG) Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? [more]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

11:00pm - Friday, Jul 5, 2024

The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on July 5 with one of the most requested titles we get from our audience of cinephiles, Terry Gilliam's gonzo trip-fest FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS. Only visionary director Gilliam (BRAZIL, TWELVE MONKEYS) could manage to make Hunter S. Thompson’s seminal classic, a psychedelic fever dream of epic proportions about a (very) drug-fueled Vegas road trip, into one of the most memorable movies of the era. Featuring standout performances from Johnny Depp, Benicio del Toro, Tobey Maguire, Ellen Barkin, Christina Ricci, and many more. "Bizarre, unpredictable yet strangely alluring." (Film4) "Visually incredible and blessed with great performances from Depp and Del Toro, this is destined for cult classic status - but the plot and symbolism are less impressive." (Empire Magazine) Friday, July 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 Barbra Streisand-loving pal and get two-for-one entry HERE! FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (Terry Gilliam, 1998 / 18A) Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzodrive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their hotel room and fear legal repercussions. Duke begins to drive back to L.A., but after an odd run-in with a cop, he returns to Sin City and continues his wild drug binge. [more]

The Dressing Room

6:30pm - Monday, Jul 8, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre for an exclusive screening of the new web series comedy THE DRESSING ROOM. A documentary crew follows the backstage life of a touring musical called “Balloon Boy,” where the cast and crew do what they can on a daily basis to make sure the show goes on, in the midst of egos, absurd rituals, and mishaps. Monday, July 8 Doors 6:00 pm | Event 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Please note: This event will include a brief intermission. [more]

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (20th Anniversary Restoration)

9:30pm - Monday, Jul 8, 2024

Acclaimed director Mamoru Oshii pushes further into the world and concepts first developed in his groundbreaking film GHOST IN THE SHELL, considered one of the most important and iconic anime films ever made. With its thought-provoking speculations on artificial intelligence, which have only become more relevant in our present world, GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE celebrates its 20th anniversary w a lustrous new 4K restoration. In the year 2032, the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. A string of murders perpetrated by a prototype android model has drawn the attention of Public Security Section 9, a unit specializing in counter cyber-terrorism. With none of the victims' families pressing charges, suspicions arise regarding the nature of the androids and their production company. In the course of the investigation, the almost entirely cyber-bodied agent Batou, and his still human partner Togusa embark on a journey through a technological dystopia, taking on ferocious Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, government bureaucrats, and corporate criminals to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime. "Mamoru Oshii's 2004 follow-up to his 1995 anime noir is that rare sequel that surpasses the original." (Chicago Reader) "The elegance, attention to detail, the invention and expertise all ensure that the movie's never less than visually breathtaking." (Time Out) "Innocence' doesn't just reveal a wealth of visual enchantments; it restates the case that there can and should be more to feature-length animations than cheap jokes, bathos and pandering." (New York Times) Anime Monday, July 8 Encore Screening Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (Mamoru Oshii. 2004 / 100 mins / 14A / Japanese w/EST)A mostly-mechanical cyborg and his human-looking partner track robotic sex dolls that have murdered their masters. [more]

Surface of Blood

6:30pm - Tuesday, Jul 9, 2024

By filmmakers Logan Charron, Michael Tinsley, and Maria Pashkovsky comes a hilarious criminal dance covered in blood. A story of crime, commitment, and danger told through the ludicrous perspectives of incompetent people. What if an important deal was in the hands of the only ones who suck at their job? Moira Lennon, the lead tech designer at Blutarq Industries is attending a sales call at an unlikely venue to present a new military unit. Upon her arrival, her patience is put to the test as the buyers attempt to conduct the sale differently from what was expected. Weaving her way through an overwhelming display of incompetence and distasteful flirting, Moira is left to fend for herself as the weapons deal goes wrong. Not only will she not be able to rely on her comrades, but the night will only tell what she'll have to endure. The stakes are high and blood will be spilled. Starring Tiara Chanel Sehn, Omer Aubin, Michael Palmer, Gareth Rees, Eoin Ward, Elaine Thrash, Hudson Williams, Lucas John Ng. Tuesday, July 9 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance tickets $12+ s/c | $15 at the door SURFACE OF BLOOD (Logan Charron, Michael Tinsley, and Maria Pashkovsky / 2024 / 90 mins) [more]

Rock 'n Roll High School + The Ramores LIVE!

7:30pm - Wednesday, Jul 10, 2024

Hey, ho... Let's go! Well, maybe you don't care about history (cause that's not where you want to be), but you really should care about catching one of the greatest high school musical comedies ever made - Roger Corman's ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL. Even better? The night will feature a live performance from East Vancouver's own Ramores, who are set to perform the band's fifth album, "End of the Century" (which, of course, includes the single "Rock 'n' Roll High School") in its entirety! The band have been electrifying audiences with their tribute to punk legends the Ramones since 2000, and have earned their reputation for wild shows that whip audiences into a frenzy as they perform some of the greatest punk songs of all time - with non-stop intensity, relentless playing and an authentic stage presence that’ll have you doing a double take. Wednesday, July 10 Doors 7:00 pm | Movie 7:30 pm | The Ramores 9:30 pm Single Film Tickets $18 Film + The Ramores Tickets $30 ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL was produced by late icon of cinema Roger Corman, and starred P.J. Soles (HALLOWEEN, CARRIE) as teen punker Riff Randall as The Ramones number one fan. This slice of 70's Americana is a joyous, sugar-fueled love letter to teenage rebellion and Mad Magazine-styled surrealism, and features the big screen debut of punk rock pioneers the Ramones at their peak. With Vincent Van Patten, Clint Howard. "A bonafide love letter to the punk juggernauts that ruled music in the 70's and 80's." (Cinema Crazed) About the Band: The Ramores is full of punk rock pedigree - the guys learned to play their instruments from listening to the Ramones, and have played in some of Vancouver’s best punk rock bands. On vocals is Joey (The Jolts), on guitar is Donny (The Isotopes), on bass is Grassy (Sore Points), and on drums is T.Jay (Wait//less). ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (Allan Arkush, 1979 / 93 mins / PG) Vince Lombardi High School continues to lose its school principles. The students are more concerned with rock 'n' roll than their education until the new principle, Miss Evelyn Togar is hired. She promises to set Vince Lombardi High School straight, and get the students focus back on education. However, a Ramones concert is coming to town, and Riff Randall, the biggest Ramones fan at the high school, plans on getting tickets to the concert in order to give them a song that she wrote entitled "Rock N' Roll High School." A series of events including Miss Togar taking away Riff's tickets, a record burning and a taking over of the school... [more]

Mother of All Shows (Filmmakers in Attendance for Q&A)

3:00pm - Saturday, Jul 13, 2024

Starring Wendie Malick (Shrinking, Hot in Cleveland, Just Shoot Me), MOTHER OF ALL SHOWS is a mother/daughter musical traumedy where a daughter’s coping mechanism for unresolved familial issues takes centre stage as she retreats into a 70s variety show in her imagination, hosted by her domineering mother, played by Malick. The film’s world premiere was the sold-out opening night gala at the Art the Brooklyn Film Festival where it went on to win Outstanding Narrative Feature and Outstanding Director of a Narrative Feature for director Melissa D'Agostino. It is nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards (Achievement in Score, Original Song and Achievement in Hair). Please join us after the screening for a live Q&A with director, Melissa D’Agostino and star, Wendie Malick. Saturday, July 13 Doors 2:15 pm | Movie 3:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. MOTHER OF ALL SHOWS (Melissa D'Agostino, 2023 110 mins / 14A) In order for Liza to cope with the impending death of her estranged mother, she retreats to a 70's variety show in her mind where the all-powerful host is her own mother, Rosa, who leads a cast of people from Liza's past and present. [more]

Amélie (4K Restoration)

6:45pm - Sunday, Jul 14, 2024

“Amélie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It’s a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur of the city. A surge of love, an urge to help mankind overcomes her.” We're toasting the magic of romance with one of our all-time favourites, a film that is equal parts romantic and magical, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s delightfully charming AMELIE. Released in 2001, this endearing modern French classic about an impish, lonesome young woman in Paris remains one of the most successful international releases of all time, is roundly embraced by cinephiles the world over, and happens to have one of the most beloved scores in recent memory. It also introduced the world to the thoroughly enchanting Audrey Tatou, the pleasures of the crack of a spoon against the brittle, caramelized top of an ice-cold crème brûlée, and the magic of traveling garden gnomes. With Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, and Jamel Debbouze. "It's hard not to fall under the spell of this moonstruck romance." (Rolling Stone) Sunday, July 14 Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. AMELIE "Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain" (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001 / 122 mins / 14A / French with English subs) At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, will she find the courage to become the star of her very own love story? [more]

Gaspar Noe's Irréversible: Straight Cut

9:30pm - Sunday, Jul 14, 2024

One night. An unforgivable act. A tale told in reverse. Acclaimed filmmaker Gaspar Noé’s unflinching exploration of human savagery and the uncompromising nature of time, IRRÉVERSIBLE was met with a groundswell of acclaim and uproar upon its premiere at Cannes in 2002. Stylish, sexually frank, and brutal, the film’s conceit of exploring the events of one terrible night on the streets of Paris in reverse chronological order was celebrated and derided in equal measure, helping to further cement Noé’s legacy as a cinematic "enfant terrible." In 2020, Noé brought IRRÉVERSIBLE back, presenting the “Straight Cut” to the Venice Film Festival. This reconfigured vision allowed audiences to see the events of the film unfold in the order in which they occur, providing new context for pivotal scenes of brutality and the subsequent quest for revenge. The "Straight Cut" provides the viewer the opportunity to see Noé’s potent account of humanity at its worst from multiple angles, and the unshakable understanding that time, indeed, reveals all things. Not for the faint of heart, easily offended, or anyone with photosensitivity, this is Noé's dark masterpiece. With Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel "An important film which pushes past exploitation cinema to become something altogether more profound. There’s no closure, no answers, and only an uneasy happiness about to come apart at the seams." (Rotten Tomatoes) "Anyone with a weak heart or a queasy stomach should stay away. In fact, most everyone everywhere should stay away. But if you still want to see Irreversible, be prepared to see images that will upset and disturb you for a long, long time. Be prepared to be shaken to the very core." (Film Threat) Sunday, July 14 Doors 9:00 pm | Film 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Irréversible (Gaspar Noe | 2002 | 94 min | 18A | French with English Subtitles) A woman’s lover and her ex-boyfriend take justice into their own hands after she becomes the victim of a rapist. Because some acts can’t be undone. Because man is an animal. Because the desire for vengeance is a natural impulse. Because most crimes remain unpunished. [more]

Joe Pera: The Peras Tour

7:00pm - Thursday, Jul 18, 2024

MRG LIve 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]

Broadway Barbara LIVE!

7:00pm - Saturday, Jul 27, 2024

Stage legend. Social media sensation (@BroadwayBarbaraOfficial). Subtly understated international entertainment titan. Broadway Barbara is thrilled to be making her Canadian debut at the Rio Theatre following a string of raucous, sold-out performances in Palm Springs, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Australia!This definitive Broadway Barbara experience is packed to the gills with songs, stories, and even a Fosse dance move or two. You won’t believe your eyes (or ears) as Barbara over-shares her way through a whirlwind tour of her life and career, with ribald show biz tales and comedic interpretations of classic Broadway tunes. "A dash of Liza with a Z, a splash of Patti LuPone, and a drive that comes from knowing that there’s no one who compares, Broadway Barbara is bitingly funny, cutting to the heart of the quirks of Broadway and musical theatre." (Glam Adelaide) "The show gifted us moments where Judy-Garland-esque gravitas could rub against wackiness worthy of Lucille Ball." (Australian Arts Review) "Barbara, is original and laugh-out-loud funny. I honestly can’t remember the last time I laughed that hard." (Theatre Pizzazz NYC) Saturday, July 27 Doors 6:15 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (General Admission) $35+ s/c | $40 at the door Early Bird Tickets $30+ s/c until June 24! Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $45+ s/c | $50 at the door Early Bird Tickets $40+ s/c until June 24! Group Tickets (Minimum 4) $38 | Online Only! VIP (Rows A-D centre section, meet and greet, signed headshot) $65+ s/c | $70 at the door Broadway Barbara Live! is conceived and performed by Leah Sprecher and is written and directed by Leah Sprecher and Brad Stevens. [more]

Fabio Rabin: Ladeira abaixo

7:00pm - Sunday, Jul 28, 2024

"Downhill" is the title of Brazilian comedian Fabio Rabin’s seventh solo stand-up comedy show, which explores a man's desperate attempts to win back his wife after some wavering... It includes international trips, a meeting with the actors from BACK THE THE FUTURE, and even a deep-sea search for a whale! Will all these efforts lead to his wife's forgiveness? The show also delves into the experiences of a man in his forties, where tastes change, and new priorities emerge, along with pains, hair loss, wrinkles, decaying nails, and flatulence. All of this is examined through the comedic lens of someone who prefers to take life lightly, with optimism and positivity. As Fabio Rabin himself says, “From then on, it’s just Downhill…” Please note: This show is performed in Portuguese. Sunday, July 28 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (General Admission) Tickets $30+ s/c  | $35 at the door (Early Bird Pricing - save $5! - until June 13) Main Floor (Assigned Seating) Tickets $40+ s/c | $45 at the door (Early Bird Pricing - save $5! - until June $13) VIP Seating (Rows A-D, centre section) Tickets $50 + s/c | $55 at the door “Ladeira abaixo” é o nome do sétimo show solo de Comédia Stand up de Fábio Rabin. Esse show de comédia fala sobre as desesperadas tentativas de um homem para reconquistar sua esposa, após alguns vacilos… Viagens internacionais, um encontro com os atores do “De Volta Pro Futuro”! E até mesmo, a busca em alto mar por uma baleia! Será que tudo isso trará o perdão de sua esposa? O show também conta sobre os quarenta anos na vida de um homem, onde alguns gostos mudam, prioridades novas aparecem, além de dores, pelos, rugas, unhas podres, flatulências… e tudo isso é esmiuçado pelo olhar clínico de um comediante que prefere levar a vida, em todas as fases, de forma mais leve, sendo otimista e positivo. Inclusive, eu mesmo pedi uma aspas dele: “Daí pra frente é só Ladeira Abaixo…” [more]

Much Ado About Nothing: The Legend of Spectral Theatre

6:15pm - Thursday, Aug 1, 2024

Told through interviews with its fans, founders, and former cast and crew, the documentary MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: THE LEGEND OF SPECTRAL THEATRE from local actor, writer, and director Simon C. Hussey, aims to pull back the curtain on how one group of maverick theatre artists found a family of kindred spirits; equally unrelenting in their Quixotic quest to create, "theatre for people that don't like theatre." Defying the expectations of their local theatre community and eschewed by critics, Spectral managed to achieve success of a kind that is as ephemeral as the theatre experience itself. While on one level it’s a personal story about friendships, family, and the cost of remaining committed to one's art, on another level it's a story that addresses what's at risk when innovators and artists on the fringe are not given the same opportunities as mainstream organizations and the ultimate impact that has on the diversity of artistic expression. As much a celebration of the now-defunct Spectral Theatre, this documentary is a testament to the independent spirit, and as such features an amazing soundtrack of Canadian indie bands like The Bad Beats, Speedbuggy, Mystery Machine, Jungle, Curious George, The Gentlemen of Horror, Kandy Roar, The Awkward Stage, Motorama, and many, many, more. Thursday, August 1 Doors 5:00 pm | Film 6:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING: THE LEGEND OF SPECTRAL THEATRE (Simon C. Hussey, 2024 / 119 mins / NR) Chronicling the heydays of Spectral Theatre Society, an independent theatre company from Vancouver, BC, Canada that defied convention and broke all the rules in their quixotic quest to produce theatre for people that don't like theatre. [more]

Idol Worship: An Evening with Mink Stole & Peaches Christ

7:00pm - Saturday, Aug 3, 2024

An intimate, revelatory, and heartfelt cabaret show starring living legend and cult film icon Mink Stole alongside San Francisco drag impresario, filmmaker Peaches Christ. Mink and Peaches have been close friends for over two decades, and they would like you to join them for an evening of storytelling, film clips and live song in a wildly entertaining and uncensored exposé that is as hilarious as it is revealing. If you're a fan of John Waters' films, Divine, drag history, or cult movies, you don't want to miss this one-of-a-kind event. Saturday, August 3 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Early Bird Tickets $45+ s/c (Limited Number Available Until May 19) Balcony (General Admission) Tickets $40+ s/c | $45 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) Tickets $50+ s/c | $55 at the door VIP Ticket Package $75+ s/c | $80 at the door (Includes a post-show meet and greet / photo with Mink & Peaches, priority seating in rows 1-5 centre section, and a signed commemorative poster) Tickets for this event go on sale Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am. Mink Stole Mink Stole is best known for her work with filmmaker John Waters, with whom she has created the iconic characters of Connie Marble in Pink Flamingos, Taffy Davenport in Female Trouble, and Dottie Hinkle in Serial Mom, to name a few. Other film roles include Nancy, the mother of a lesbian, in But I’m A Cheerleader, and Evelyn the librarian in All About Evil, written and directed by Joshua Grannell, aka Peaches Christ. Mink was Peaches’ first live celebrity guest at the legendary Midnight Mass and they have performed together many times since, notably in Return to Grey Gardens, and their two-woman show, Idol Worship. With her Wonderful Band, Mink has released a CD, Do Re MiNK. Peaches Christ Peaches Christ is a filmmaker, event producer and cult leader living in San Francisco. She produces and hosts events in partnership with PolyArts Management for symphony orchestras and her holiday show annually plays London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Peaches is a filmmaker, the alter- ego of Joshua Grannell, writer and director of the feature film All About Evil. Joshua is the co-owner of the Into The Dark production company which produces immersive theater, including the popular Terror Vault show at the historic San Francisco Mint building. Peaches has appeared in many films and television shows during her career and co-hosts the cult movie podcast, Midnight Mass. [more]

Greg Sestero Presents: Big Shark & The Room (Double Bill)

7:00pm - Thursday, Aug 8, 2024

"Oh, hai Shark!" Join us at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, August 9 with host Greg Sestero - star of the pop-culture phenomenon THE ROOM and author of the best-selling memoir, THE DISASTER ARTIST - for a double billing of Tommy Wiseau's new film BIG SHARK, followed by THE ROOM.  Who better to explain Wiseau's latest opus (and the enigma himself!) than Greg Sestero? It's a night of movies, insight, conversation and laughs. (And... merch! There will be sweet, sweet merch.) 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. For the uninitiated: A marvel of modern cinema, Tommy Wiseau's THE ROOM is so powerful that it will, literally, "tear you apart." (Or, maybe just your brain. And occasionally your eyeballs.) In the pantheon of you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it, best-worst movies, it's quite possible that nothing tops THE ROOM. It's the CITIZEN KANE of bad movies! And truly, truly, the best (trust!) way to experience this "masterpiece" is in the dark, on the big screen, and with a packed audience of confused (and enthused) lovers of director Wiseau's bizarre cinematic oddity that has morphed into a pop-culture phenomenon. Having Sestero (who parlayed his portrayal of "Mark" in THE ROOM into an acclaimed best-seller that was ultimately adapted into the 2017 feature, THE DISASTER ARTIST) on-hand to answer audience questions and provide unique insight makes for a very, very memorable night. Thursday, August 8 BIG SHARK Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. THE ROOM Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. BIG SHARK (Tommy Wiseau, 2023 / 104 mins / 18A) EXCLUSIVE FILM! Three firefighters: Georgie, Patrick, and Tim must save New Orleans from a gigantic shark, can New Orleans survive? THE ROOM (Tommy Wiseau / 2003 / 99 mins / 18A) Johnny is a successful banker with great respect for and dedication to the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa. The happy-go-lucky guy sees his world being torn apart when his friends begin to betray him one-by-one. [more]

Greg Sestero Presents: The Room

9:30pm - Thursday, Aug 8, 2024

"Oh, hai Shark!" Join us at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, August 8 with host Greg Sestero - star of the pop-culture phenomenon THE ROOM and author of the best-selling memoir, THE DISASTER ARTIST - for a double billing of Tommy Wiseau's new film BIG SHARK, followed by THE ROOM.  Who better to explain Wiseau's latest opus (and the enigma himself!) than Greg Sestero? It's a night of movies, insight, conversation and laughs. (And... merch! There will be sweet, sweet merch.) 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. For the uninitiated: A marvel of modern cinema, Tommy Wiseau's THE ROOM is so powerful that it will, literally, "tear you apart." (Or, maybe just your brain. And occasionally your eyeballs.) In the pantheon of you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it, best-worst movies, it's quite possible that nothing tops THE ROOM. It's the CITIZEN KANE of bad movies! And truly, truly, the best (trust!) way to experience this "masterpiece" is in the dark, on the big screen, and with a packed audience of confused (and enthused) lovers of director Wiseau's bizarre cinematic oddity that has morphed into a pop-culture phenomenon. Having Sestero (who parlayed his portrayal of "Mark" in THE ROOM into an acclaimed best-seller that was ultimately adapted into the 2017 feature, THE DISASTER ARTIST) on-hand to answer audience questions and provide unique insight makes for a very, very memorable night. Thursday, August 8 THE ROOM Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Tickets $25 plus s/c | $30 at the door THE ROOM (Tommy Wiseau / 2003 / 99 mins / 18A) Johnny is a successful banker with great respect for and dedication to the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa. The happy-go-lucky guy sees his world being torn apart when his friends begin to betray him one-by-one. [more]

The Reel To Real Crowdwork Tour: Abishek Kumar and Nirmal Pillai

8:00pm - Friday, Aug 9, 2024

Presented by EKAK Entertainment Comedian Abishek Kumar, one of Chennai’s most popular stand-up artistes, burst onto the scene with the now super-popular online alternative character, Mrs Janaki, was also recently seen in a cameo in Harish Kalyan-starrer Oh Manapenne! (2021). The theatre-artiste turned comic is also a regular on many OTT-based comedy shows including Comicstaan Semma Comedy Pa and LOL: Enga Siri Paappom, both on Amazon Prime Video. Ahead of his multi-city The Reel To Real Crowdwork Tour, we catch up with the Chennai paiyyan. Nirmal Pillai’s standup comedian style (while sitting) take on the story of milk in India, as part of his ‘Parotta Act’ series, caught the attention of many, propelling him to YouTube creator celebrity status. Friday, August 9 Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm Please note: This show is performed in 80% English / 20% Tamil Balcony (General Admission) $49+ s/c | $53 at the door VIP (Main Floor, Rows A-C) $89+ s/c | $93 at the door Section 2 (Main Floor, Rows D-I) $69+ s/c | $73 at the door Section 3 (Main Floor, Rows J-O) $59+ s/c | $63 at the door Tickets on sale Wednesday, June 3 @ 10:00 am [more]

Sammy Obeid: Permanent Ceasefire

7:00pm - Friday, Aug 23, 2024

Following two sold out performances at the Rio Theatre in January, The East Van Laugh RioT is pleased to welcome comedian Sammy Obeid back to the stage – with all-new material! – on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. Friday, August 23 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Early Bird Tickets $40+ s/c (Until May 26) Balcony (General Admission) $38 + s/c | $43 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $45+ s/c | $50 at the door VIP Meet n’ Greet (Rows 2-6, centre section) $60+ s/c | $65 at the door VVIP Meet n’ Greet (Front Row, centre section) $70+ s/c | $75 at the door Group Ticket Pricing (Minimum 4 / Online only) $40+ s/c Lebanese-Palestinian American and born in Oakland California, Sammy Obeid double-majored in Business and Mathematics at UC Berkeley and then turned down a job at Google to be a comedian. Now the host of 100 Humans on Netflix, he’s also appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and America’s Got Talent, as well as TBS’s Conan, and is best known for his world record of performing comedy 1,001 nights in a row, a story featured in both Time Magazine and The New York Times. Connect on Instagram @sammyobeid Connect on Facebook Connect on TikTok @sammyobeidthem Connect on X @sammyobeid [more]

Sammy Obeid: Permanent Ceasefire

6:00pm - Saturday, Aug 24, 2024

Following two sold out performances at the Rio Theatre in January, The East Van Laugh RioT is pleased to welcome comedian Sammy Obeid back to the stage – with all-new material! – on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. Saturday, August 24 Doors 5:00 pm | Show 6:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Early Bird Tickets $40+ s/c (Until May 26) Balcony (General Admission) $38 + s/c | $43 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $45+ s/c | $50 at the door VIP Meet n’ Greet (Rows 2-6, centre section) $60+ s/c | $65 at the door VVIP Meet n’ Greet (Front Row, centre section) $70+ s/c | $75 at the door Group Ticket Pricing (Minimum 4 / Online only) $40+ s/c Lebanese-Palestinian American and born in Oakland California, Sammy Obeid double-majored in Business and Mathematics at UC Berkeley and then turned down a job at Google to be a comedian. Now the host of 100 Humans on Netflix, he’s also appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and America’s Got Talent, as well as TBS’s Conan, and is best known for his world record of performing comedy 1,001 nights in a row, a story featured in both Time Magazine and The New York Times. Connect on Instagram @sammyobeid Connect on Facebook Connect on TikTok @sammyobeidthem Connect on X @sammyobeid [more]

Gareth Reynolds LIVE!

7:00pm - Thursday, Nov 7, 2024

The Rio Theatre is pleased to welcome comedian Gareth Reynolds back to our stage on Thursday, November 7. Thursday, November 7 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance Tickets $35+ s/c | $40 at the door VIP Tickets (Rows 1-3, centre section) $45+ s/c Early Bird Tickets $30+ s/c (Limited number available until July 15) Tickets on sale June 10 @ 10:00 am GARETH REYNOLDS is an internationally touring stand-up comedian whose brilliantly clever quips perfectly offset Dave Anthony’s hilarious snark on their smash-hit podcast The Dollop, which garners over 5 Million downloads every month. Gareth has written on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, FLAKED and HOOPS for Netflix, as well as YOU’RE THE WORST on FX and I’M SORRY for truTV. Previous to that he wrote on the Comedy Central sitcom IDIOTSITTER, took the lead on ABC show HAIL MARY, and has been seen on IFC’s MARON. His debut stand-up album “Riddled With Disease” released Dec. 6 2019 on Comedy Dynamics and reached #1 on Billboard that week. Originally hailing from the sweet streets of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Gareth moved to Los Angeles where he began producing and writing his own material, eventually making shows at Comedy Central, The Travel Channel, and MTV He also has a cat named Jose. Instagram @reynoldsgareth TikTok @reynoldsgareth X @reynoldsgareth [more]

David Nihill: Shelf Help

7:00pm - Saturday, Nov 30, 2024

Irish comedian David Nihill graces the Rio Theatre's stage on Saturday, November 30 with his new show, "Shelf Help." Saturday, November 30 Doors 6:00 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony Seating (General Admission) $27+ s/c | $32 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Admission) $37+ s/c | $42 at the door Tickets on sale March 28 @ 10:00 am Leaving Dublin, Ireland where he was born and raised until the age of 22, David got drunk on travel and never quite hit sobriety of it. He has lived and worked in twelve countries and visited over seventy. His shows draw on his wide travels, cultural observations, attempts at language study, (occasional) international drinking session(s) and being a mildly confused immigrant. David is the winner of the prestigious annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, (previous finalists include Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey) and runner-up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. Also a bestselling writer, David recorded his debut special for Dry Bar Comedy in 2019 and has been featured on TED.com, Sirius XM, Just For Laughs, The Irish Independent, Inc, NPR, and the Huffington Post among others. A festival favorite, David's videos have also gone viral many times over with over 400 million views and a social following of over 1.5 million people. [more]

Jeff Dye LIVE!

7:00pm - Friday, Dec 6, 2024

The East Van Laugh RioT welcomes comedian Jeff Dye to the Rio Theatre's stage on Friday, December 6. Friday, December 6 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (General Admission) $35+ s/c | $40 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $35+ s/c | $40 at the door About Jeff Dye Jeff Dye is a nationally touring comedian, actor, and host. Jeff shot over 100 episodes of a new FOX game show called "Who the Bleep is that?" and is currently filming his new comedy special, "The Last Cowboy in LA." Jeff starred in NBC's comedy adventure series "Better Late Than Never" and can be seen on episodes of "I Can See Your Voice" and "The Masked Singer" on Fox. Dye has performed multiple times on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and has his own "Comedy Central Presents" special. In previous years, he has starred on numerous TV projects, including "Money from Strangers," "Girl Code," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," NBC's "I Can Do That," "Better Late Than Never," "That bAwkward Game Show" and numerous others. Jeff's last 2 albums "Dumb is Gooder" and "Live from Madison" is playing on Sirius XM and both are top 10 albums on the Billboard Comedy Charts. Jeff is a recurring guest on "The Greg Gutfeld Show" where he has received praise for his raw unfiltered comedic viewpoint, bringing a new style of edge and honesty. Dye's passion is bringing love and positivity through laughter WHILE maintaining truth to everyone he encounters. Connect with Jeff: FACEBOOK: @JeffDye TWITTER: @JeffDye INSTAGRAM: @JeffDye YOUTUBE: Jeff Dye [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]

Gift Certificate: Single Movie Pass & Concession

Share the love! Support the Rio Theatre in 2024

This Rio Theatre gift certificate is good for entry to any single regular screening and includes one medium popcorn, one medium fountain beverage, and one small candy. [more]

Ghost In The Shell Double Bill: 1995 Version and Part 2: Innocence

7:30pm - Tuesday, Jul 1, 2025

Join us on July 1 for an Anime Monday double bill screening featuring Mamoru Oshii’s original landmark GHOST IN THE SHELL, followed by a screening of its 2004 sequel GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE,now lustrously restored in 4K for its 20th anniversary. See one, or see them both for one sweet price! GHOST IN THE SHELL is a title that has evolved into something of a cultural phenomenon, spawning sequels, remakes, and even a live action film. The story follows a cyborg policewoman named Motoko Kusanagi, who is herself a "ghost in a shell" (meaning her living consciousness is somewhere being projected into a organic/mechanical body). She struggles with what it means to be "alive" while searching for a master hacker known as “the Puppet Master” whose motivation goes beyond merely disrupting the status quo. Full of action, pathos, and glorious vistas of a city mixing tradition and futurism, GHOST IN THE SHELL is best experienced and appreciated when viewed on the big screen. GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE: In the year 2032, the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. A string of murders perpetrated by a prototype android model has drawn the attention of Public Security Section 9, a unit specializing in counter cyber-terrorism. With none of the victims' families pressing charges, suspicions arise regarding the nature of the androids and their production company. In the course of the investigation, the almost entirely cyber-bodied agent Batou, and his still human partner Togusa embark on a journey through a technological dystopia, taking on ferocious Yakuza thugs, devious hackers, government bureaucrats, and corporate criminals to uncover the shocking truth behind the crime. "... a pillar of the cyberpunk movement and a testament to visual realism in animation." (Nerdist) "A stunning feat of modern animation, GHOST IN THE SHELL offers a thoughtful, complex treat for anime fans, as well as a perfect introduction for viewers new to the genre." (Rotten Tomatoes) "Innocence' doesn't just reveal a wealth of visual enchantments; it restates the case that there can and should be more to feature-length animations than cheap jokes, bathos and pandering." (New York Times) Monday, July 1 Ghost In The Shell (1995) Doors 7:00 pm | Movie 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time Quick break! Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence Doors 9:15 pm | 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time GHOST IN THE SHELL "Kôkaku kidôtai" (Mamoru Oshii,1995, 83 mins / 14 A  / Japanese with English subs) In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster. GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE (Mamoru Oshii. 2004 / 100 mins / 14A / Japanese w/EST)A mostly-mechanical cyborg and his human-looking partner track robotic sex dolls that have murdered their masters. [more]