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Though the Rio Theatre has been listed “for sale” for about a year, on January 27, 2018, news of its sudden listing online went viral as fans, friends, and patrons of the venue expressed immediate concern for its future.

The very next day, our landlord advised that he had received an offer from a developer. As Vancouverites who are intimately familiar with the drastic changes happening in the city, we knew there was only one way to save the Rio Theatre: We have to buy the building.

Our landlord gave us a week to make a counter offer, and we launched a campaign to rally community support.

In five days, we collected over 20,000 #SavetheRio signatures and passionate testimonials from Rio fans, and on February 8, 2018, our creative offer to purchase was accepted. We were given only sixty days to remove subjects – and raise millions of dollars.

Now we have until midnight on April 2nd to raise the funds needed for a down payment (estimated at 3 million dollars) in order to get approved for a mortgage. The stakes are extremely high.

Thankfully, we’ve got huge grassroots community support behind us! Vancouverites are tired of losing their cultural venues and community spaces. For many people in East Vancouver specifically, the Rio Theatre has become “the last stand” – and we’re not going to let it be torn down. ...[more]

Directly Affected (Director in Attendance for Earth Day Q&A!)

4:15pm - Sunday, Apr 22, 2018

On Sunday, April 22 - Earth Day - join us at the Rio Theatre for a screening of director Zack Embree's compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, which takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will be in ...[more]

The Shape of Water

6:45pm - Sunday, Apr 22, 2018

In addition to THE SHAPE OF WATER winning the highly-coveted Oscar for Best Picture, master Mexican story-teller and director Guillermo del Toro took home a lot of hardware - including the Best Director Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Golden Lion ...[more]

Thoroughbreds

9:30pm - Sunday, Apr 22, 2018

Writer-director Cory Finley's tight (and tart) debut feature is a deliciously wicked tale of female friendship gone thrillingly awry - think HEATHERS meets AMERICAN PSYCHO, by way of Whit Stillman. THOROUGHBREDS benefits greatly from strong ...[more]

Deconstructing the Beatles: The White Album (With Scott Freiman)

6:30pm - Monday, Apr 23, 2018

The Rio Theatre welcomes the creator and writer of the acclaimed Deconstructing the Beatles series, Scott Freiman, to our stage on Monday, April 23 for a truly unique presentation - part film, part concert, part multimedia lecture - focused on the ...[more]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

9:30pm - Monday, Apr 23, 2018

One of the most talked about films from this year's Academy Awards (who could ever forget Frances McDormand's Best Actress acceptance speech?!) is finally coming to the Rio Theatre, starting April 23. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a ...[more]

Lady Bird

6:30pm - Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018

Writer-director and all-around indie darling Greta Gerwig cemented her status as one of Hollywood's brightest with her somewhat self-inspired coming-of-age comedy-drama about a 90's-era California high school student who plans to escape from her ...[more]

The Shape of Water

8:45pm - Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018

In addition to THE SHAPE OF WATER winning the highly-coveted Oscar for Best Picture, master Mexican story-teller and director Guillermo del Toro took home a lot of hardware - including the Best Director Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Golden Lion ...[more]

The Critical Hit Show: A #DNDLive, Improvised, Epic Fantasy

8:00pm - Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018

The live, smash hit epic comedy returns for more monstrous merriment (and snacks!) - it's THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW! Join Vancouver's best comedic performers at The Rio Theatre for your favorite #DNDLive comedy on the last Wednesday of every month. ...[more]

Story Story Lie: Danger Zone

7:00pm - Thursday, Apr 26, 2018

Story Story Lie: Danger Zone ★★★★★ Vancouver’s biggest storytelling show! Where the cities best and brightest will be sharing extra stories of how love steered them the right way and wrong. Two truths and a lie with a twist. Story Story Lie’s ...[more]

Thoroughbreds

9:30pm - Thursday, Apr 26, 2018

Writer-director Cory Finley's tight (and tart) debut feature is a deliciously wicked tale of female friendship gone thrillingly awry - think HEATHERS meets AMERICAN PSYCHO, by way of Whit Stillman. THOROUGHBREDS benefits greatly from strong ...[more]

Broadway Burlesque: A Tribute to Musicals

8:00pm - Friday, Apr 27, 2018

The sun will come out tomorrow… Put on a happy face for BROADWAY BURLESQUE: A Tribute to Musicals at the The Rio Theatre! On Friday, April 27, Vancouver’s biggest and brightest burlesque stars will take to the Rio stage paying homage to their ...[more]

Paprika

11:30pm - Friday, Apr 27, 2018

Dr. Atsuko Chiba works as a scientist by day and, under the code name "Paprika," is a dream detective at night. Atsuko and her colleagues are working on a device called the DC Mini, which is intended to help psychiatric patients, but in the wrong ...[more]

The Shape of Water

9:30pm - Saturday, Apr 28, 2018

In addition to THE SHAPE OF WATER winning the highly-coveted Oscar for Best Picture, master Mexican story-teller and director Guillermo del Toro took home a lot of hardware - including the Best Director Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Golden Lion ...[more]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

6:45pm - Sunday, Apr 29, 2018

One of the most talked about films from this year's Academy Awards (who could ever forget Frances McDormand's Best Actress acceptance speech?!) is finally coming to the Rio Theatre, starting April 23. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a ...[more]

Rio Theatre TEN YEAR Anniversary Party!

8:00pm - Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Its hard to believe that its been TEN YEARS! But it's true and its been a WILD RIDE! The odds were stacked against us and we've had to over come so much adversity over the years! Since we won our battle to change the BC liquor laws business has ...[more]

The Lust Jedi: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure

8:00pm - Friday, May 4, 2018

Geekenders presents: The Lust Jedi A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure A brand new instalment in the smash-hit Geekenders burlesque saga! May 4, 5, 6, 2018 Please ensure you are selecting the correct date DOORS AT 7:00PM. SHOW ...[more]

Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan

11:45pm - Friday, May 4, 2018

"At the end of the Earth lies the beginning of vengeance..." Logically, there's probably no better day of the year for us to plug in a STAR TREK movie than on May the Fourth, right? (STAR WARS, schmar wars.) And there's definitely no better STAR ...[more]

The Lust Jedi: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure

8:00pm - Saturday, May 5, 2018

Geekenders presents: The Lust Jedi A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure A brand new instalment in the smash-hit Geekenders burlesque saga! May 4, 5, 6, 2018 Please ensure you are selecting the correct date DOORS AT 7:00PM. SHOW ...[more]

The Lust Jedi: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure

8:00pm - Sunday, May 6, 2018

Geekenders presents: The Lust Jedi A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure A brand new instalment in the smash-hit Geekenders burlesque saga! May 4, 5, 6, 2018 Please ensure you are selecting the correct date DOORS AT 7:00PM. SHOW ...[more]

Lowlife

9:30pm - Monday, May 7, 2018

What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, ...[more]

Lowlife

7:00pm - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, ...[more]

The Gentlemen Hecklers Present: Rocky IV (1985)

9:30pm - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Our hearts are literally on fire in anticipation for Wednesday, May 9, when The Gentlemen Hecklers (who wrote jokes for Netflix's latest season of Mystery Science Theater 3000) return to the Rio Theatre to provide live, hilarious commentary for a ...[more]

Cherry OnTop + Portia Favro present: LUST

8:00pm - Thursday, May 10, 2018

Cherry OnTop + Portia Favro present: LUST Take a glimpse into our world of indulgence, passion, freedom, revelry, decadence, and of course…lust. This is an exotic cabaret experience like none you've experienced - this is more than just a ...[more]

Cherry OnTop + Portia Favro present: LUST

8:00pm - Friday, May 11, 2018

Cherry OnTop + Portia Favro present: LUST Take a glimpse into our world of indulgence, passion, freedom, revelry, decadence, and of course…lust. This is an exotic cabaret experience like none you've experienced - this is more than just a ...[more]

Revenge

11:30pm - Friday, May 11, 2018

Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, RINGS) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation ...[more]

Revenge

2:00pm - Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, RINGS) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation ...[more]

Burlesque Long Form

9:00pm - Saturday, May 12, 2018

Celebrating its SIXTH Anniversary! Five of Vancouver’s most celebrated burlesque performers and one very special guest from Seattle return to the Rio Theatre‘s stage on Saturday, May 12 for Burlesque Long Form. In an artistic challenge set by ...[more]

Revenge

9:30pm - Sunday, May 13, 2018

Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, RINGS) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation ...[more]

Eraserhead

11:30pm - Friday, May 18, 2018

David Lynch's debut feature, ERASERHEAD is one of the "classic" late night titles; a strange, surreal examination of male paranoia with a serious underlying "creep" factor is a perfect fit in our Friday Late Night Movie series on May 18. Our ...[more]

Curtis Salgado Band with guests

7:30pm - Friday, May 25, 2018

Blues Harp Virtuoso Returns From Portland, Oregon CURTIS SALGADO BAND with guests The Mojo Stars Friday, May 25th 2018 Doors 6.30 pm Show 7.30 pm Tickets: Advance $30 Door $35 Also at Beat Merchant, Zulu, Red Cat Highlife ...[more]