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Dawn of the Dead (45th Anniversary Screening)

8:15pm - Sunday, Apr 14, 2024

Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD as it was meant to be seen – on the big screen! Long heralded as one of the greatest, most influential horror films of all time, the classic cinematic shocker has been one of the most requested theatrical revival titles from fright fans the world over for decades. Unlike other cinematic favorites, George A. Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978) is still not available on any streaming platform, nor on cable, and has been out-of-print on DVD and BluRay in the U.S. for over a decade, so the hunger to watch it just keeps growing among its ravenous fans. Furthermore, the cult following for the film has grown exponentially since its release and is so large now it is estimated that the majority of DAWN OF THE DEAD’s fans have never experienced this legendary epic in a theatre. The film was first released in North America on April 12, 1979! Join us and celebrate the 45th Anniversary of this genuine cult classic on the Rio's big screen. "...a comic apocalypse that has come to maul the becalmed 70s. I think it's going to be the biggest cult blockbuster of all time." (Village Voice) "Romero is an audacious, stunningly talented filmmaker." (Playboy Magazine) ★★★★ "...brilliantly crafted, funny, droll, and savagely merciless in its satiric view of the American consumer society." (Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times) "If you like horror movies this one is for you! Makes ‘The Exorcist’ look like ‘Gidget Stubs Her Toe.’" (Joel Siegel – WABC-TV) Sunday, April 14 Doors 7:45 pm | Movie 8:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. DAWN OF THE DEAD (George Romero, 1978 / 127 mins / 18A) As hordes of zombies swarm over the U.S., the terrified populace tries everything in their power to escape the attack of the undead, but neither cities nor the countryside prove safe. In Pennsylvania, radio-station employee Stephen and his girlfriend, Francine, escape in the station helicopter, accompanied by two renegade SWAT members, Roger and Pete. The group retreats to the haven of an enclosed shopping center to make what could be humanity's last stand. [more]

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

6:30pm - Monday, Apr 15, 2024

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

Exhuma

9:15pm - Monday, Apr 15, 2024

In the weeks since South Korean filmmaker Jae-hyun Jang's folkloric, occult thriller EXHUMA ("Pomyo," which directly translates to “exhumation for relocation or cremation”) has been released, it has exploded as a bona-fide hit, and is now the highest grossing Korean film of 2024. When a renowned shaman (KIM Go-Eun) and her protégé (Lee Do-hyun, 18 AGAIN) are hired by a wealthy, enigmatic family, they begin investigating the cause of a disturbing supernatural illness that affects only the first-born children of each generation. With the help of a knowledgeable mortician (YOO Hai-jin) and the country's most revered geomancer (CHOI Min-sik, OLDBOY, I SAW THE DEVIL), they soon trace the affliction's origin to a long-hidden family grave located on sacred ground. Sensing an ominous aura surrounding the burial site, the team opts to exhume and relocate the ancestral remains immediately. But as something much darker emerges, they soon discover what befalls those who dare to mess with the wrong grave. "Jae-hyun Jang combines introspective cultural and historical themes with creepy, gory, and atmospheric horror thrills in an exciting way. It’s fun horror with a lot on its mind." (Bloody Disgusting) “EXHUMA taps into this very specifically Korean take on spirituality with its story of a shaman and her team working to protect the baby of a wealthy Korean American family from a generational curse. Kim Go-eun’s eerie exhumation rituals involve all kinds of loud, tumultuous prayers and singing which are captivating, sure, but it’s the attention to detail in smaller moments that really help ground the exorcisms that local Korean audiences know and recognize." (IndieWire) Monday, April 15 Doors 8:45 pm | Movie 9:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. EXHUMA "Pamyo" (Jae-hyun Jan, 2024 / 124 mins / Korean w/EST / 14A) The process of excavating an ominous grave unleashes dreadful consequences buried underneath. [more]

Echoes of the Andes (Filmmakers in Attendance!)

6:30pm - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2024

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

The People's Joker

9:30pm - Tuesday, Apr 16, 2024

Filmmaker Vera Drew's queer-focused, satirical Batman send-up THE PEOPLE'S JOKER gained itself notoriety right out of the gate, when, following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2022, planned screenings of the film were unceremoniously "pulled" due to "rights issues." This dark, deeply funny coming of age satire also serves as an unofficial parody of the Batman universe, as it follows a law-breaking comedian who, while grappling with her gender identity, forms a new anti-comedy troupe with a friend before finding herself battling a fascistic caped crusader. In addition to writing the film alongside her partner Bri LeRose, Drew also directed and stars in the lead role. The film also features Scott Aukerman, Tim Heidecker, Maria Bamford, David Liebe Hart, Robert Wuhl, and Bob Odenkirk. "Not only is it damn funny, with each of the lines delivered by a dynamic [Vera] Drew landing perfectly, but it’s a genuinely incisive work of cinematic reflection that's the exact type of kick in the pants the often empty genre could use." (The Stranger) "'The People’s Joker' is a fearless, gloriously funny, and moving act of cinematic anarchy." (Austin Chronicle) "An uproarious, truly transgressive piece of queer outsider comedy and art. And amid all the cancel culture nonsense, here's a film in which forces are actually trying to suppress it." (Tilt Magazine) "Unlike many comedies -- alternative and mainstream -- 'The People’s Joker is not so in love with its own satire to rob it of any emotional truth. Underneath the satirical madness lies a genuinely moving story of self-acceptance." (indieWire) Tuesday, April 16 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. THE PEOPLE'S JOKER (Vera Drew, 92 mins / 18A) An aspiring clown grappling with her gender identity combats a fascistic caped crusader. [more]

David Cronenberg's eXistenZ: FREE National Canadian Film Day Screening

6:30pm - Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Tuesday, April 17 as we mark Reel Canada's National Canadian Film Day with a FREE (!)>/b> 25th Anniversary screening of iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg's quietly prescient work of dystopian fantasy sci-fi, EXISTENZ. Video game designer Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has created a virtual reality game called eXistenZ. After a crazed fan attempts to kill her, Allegra goes on the run with Ted (Jude Law), a young businessman who falls into the role of bodyguard. In an attempt to save her game, Allegra implants into Ted's body the video game pod that carries a damaged copy of eXistenZ. Allegra and Ted engage in a series of experiences that blur the lines between fantasy and reality.With Don McKellar, Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm, Callum Keith Rennie, Sarah Polley, Christopher Eccleston. "Dark, delirious fun." (Time Out) "'The Matrix' is mainstream sci-fi, but eXistenZ, written by Cronenberg, is much stranger; it creates a world where organic and inorganic are not separate states, but kind of chummy." (Roger Ebert) "...this 1999 David Cronenberg masterpiece is one of the unheralded sci-fi classics of that decade." (Nashville Scene) Wednesday, April 17 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. EXISTENZ (David Cronenberg, 1999 / 97 mins / 18A) A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged. [more]

Hey, Viktor! FREE National Canadian Film Day Screening

8:45pm - Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Tuesday, April 17 as we mark Reel Canada's National Canadian Film Day with a FREE screening of director Cody Lightning's new comedy HEY, VIKTOR! Lightning - who appeared as young Victor Joseph in Chris Eyre's groundbreaking 1998 feature SMOKE SIGNALS, a film that completely revolutionized Indigenous representation onscreen - is playing a fictionalized version of himself in HEY, VIKTOR!, which he also co-wrote. In this mockumentary re-telling, Lightning is grappling with his own dwindling celebrity as he moves back to his reservation in northern Alberta, and the only gigs he can get are in fracking commercials that play off his Indigenous identity, or porn. After his wife and kids ditch him for a younger, more successful actor, Lightning is motivated to make the movie he has always wanted to make, "Smoke Signals 2: Still Smoking." Enter the "documentary film crew," an onslaught of hilarious (and occasionally raunchy) hi-jinks, nostalgic appearances from the original film's co-stars, and a refreshingly thoughtful character progression that poignantly drives the story into an unexpectedly meaningful depth. With Simon R. Baker, Adam Beach, Hannah Cheesman, Gary Farmer, Irene Bedard, Colin Mochrie, "Make no mistake, this is a comedy, first and foremost, and a raunchy one at that, but as it works its way to the end, it careens through a dysfunctional journey of self-discovery." (Richard Crouse) "'Hey, Viktor!' is the rare example of a film that’s both lowbrow in spirit and execution and unquestionably pure of heart." (The Gate) "When all the gags are played out, you get the sense that there is, in fact, a community of artists ready to tell their stories. All they need is a project to coalesce around." (Globe and Mail) Wednesday, April 17 Doors 8:15 pm | Movie 8:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

Run N Gun 2024: Kickoff Screening & Party

8:00pm - Thursday, Apr 18, 2024

Join us for an electrifying kickoff party for the Run N Gun Film Competition! The evening begins with an exhilarating hour of "Cast & Crew Speed Dating," where filmmakers and talent unite, sparking collaborations that bring unique visions to life. Following this dynamic networking session, immerse yourself in the cinematic world of Run N Gun with a special screening showcasing some of the most remarkable films in the competition's history—hidden gems that dazzled audiences but didn't clinch an award. Engage with the creative minds behind these masterpieces during an insightful Q&A session. The excitement crescendos into a festive celebration, complete with a lively party where you can mingle with fellow film aficionados. The cherry on top? A thrilling raffle with fantastic prizes awaits you. Don't miss this captivating evening that celebrates the spirit of independent filmmaking and the vibrant Run N Gun community! Thursday, April 18 The Evening's Agenda Doors 6:00 pm Happy Hour Cast & Crew Speed Dating 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm More Mingling before the screening 7:15 pm Second Chances Screening and Q&A 8:00 pm After Party Drinks and Raffle 10:00 pm Advance tickets $20 | $25 at the door [more]

Paul Cabannes: Brazilian Soul

8:00pm - Friday, Apr 19, 2024

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

Smiley Face #FridayLateNight

11:00pm - Friday, Apr 19, 2024

The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on April 19 with Gregg Araki's 2007 comedy SMILEY FACE, featuring Anna Faris in a criminally underappreciated turn as as struggling but perpetually stoned actress who is having.... "a day." Jane (Faris) She has several important tasks on her list, including buying more marijuana. Even though she already has a good start on the day's planned drug use, she eats her roommate's pot-laced cupcakes and embarks on a series of misadventures all over Los Angeles. With Adam Brody, Jane Lynch, John Krasinski, John Cho, Danny Trejo, Roscoe Lee Brown, Marion Ross. "Despite its laid-back script, SMILEY FACE is as prankishly political as Mr. Araki's DOOM GENERATION ..." (The New York Times) "Dylan Haggerty has written an eleventh-hour candidate for the funniest movie of 2007, that Gregg Araki has directed his finest film since 1997's NOWHERE, and that Faris, flawless, rocks their inspired idiot odyssey in a virtuoso comedic turn." (The Village Voice) "This film-jam-packed with guest appearances-is a sweet, surreal nugget..." (The Stranger) Friday, April 19 Doors 10:30 pm | Film 11:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Night Date Night! Bring a friend, date, or bud and get 2-for-1 entry at the door. [more]

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

10:30am - Saturday, Apr 20, 2024

Remember Saturday mornings...? After a wildly successful debut event in March, The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party is returning to the Rio Theatre on April 20 with an all new lineup of retro TV goodness covered in sugary cereal. It's Volume II! 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, April 20 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]

The Zone of Interest (Final Screening)

2:45pm - Saturday, Apr 20, 2024

Filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) crafted one of 2023's most impactful films with his stylistically jarring, innovative take on Martin Amis' 2014 novel, THE ZONE OF INTEREST. The story is itself a fictionalized dramatization, loosely inspired by the real-life SS-commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss. Set in German-occupied Poland in the summer 1943, the career-motivated military man and his wife devoted, indefatigable wife Hedwig strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden that resides directly beside the work and death camp he manages. With Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel. Masterful and chilling, THE ZONE OF INTEREST has been lauded by audiences and film critics for brilliantly juxtaposing its bleak, banal and intentionally stark aesthetic against its sinister, caustic subject matter. The resulting film is at times abstract in its affect, and lasting in its haunting impact. The film was nominated for five Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Actress for Hüller), and won the Best International Feature Film and Best Sound awards. "I left it shaken and stricken; it stayed with me, stubbornly, over the months that followed." (Observer UK) Saturday, April 20 Doors 2:15 pm | Movie 2:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. THE ZONE OF INTEREST (Jonathan Glazer, 2023 / 105 mins / 14A / In German, Polish and Yiddish w/EST) The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife, Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp. [more]

Burlesque Long Form: Ninth Anniversary Show!

9:00pm - Saturday, Apr 20, 2024

Celebrating its NINTH Anniversary! An astounding collection of top notch Vancouver burlesque performers will take to the Rio Theatre‘s stage on Saturday, April 20 for Burlesque Long Form. In a unique and ambitiously artistic challenge set by producer and noted performer April O’Peel, local luminaries will have one chance to perform a full ten minute act. Will the performers be able to please, tease and captivate their audience for a full ten minutes...? Expect outlandish props, projections, and over- the-top narratives as a stunning variety of unique and spectacular burlesque performers push the boundaries at Burlesque Long Form! Saturday, April 20 Doors at 8:00 pm | Show at 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Tickets $30 + s/c in advance | $35 at the door VIP Seating (First three rows, centre section) $40 + s/c | $45 at the door Featuring performances from: Roxy Reverie Layna Emerald Gia Sangria Donna Boss Rogers Ariel Helvetica April O'Peel HOSTED BY DIVA THE VIOLET FEMME [more]

The Prince of Egypt

12:40pm - Sunday, Apr 21, 2024

In this animated retelling of the Book of Exodus, Egyptian Prince Moses (voiced by Val Kilmer), upon discovering his roots as a Jewish slave, embarks on a quest to free his people from bondage. When his plea is denied by his brother Rameses (Ralph Fiennes), the new pharaoh, a series of horrific plagues strike Egypt. Moses finally leads the Israelites to freedom by parting the Red Sea and drowning the Egyptian army. God then gives Moses the Ten Commandments, a list of rules for his people to live by. Featuring the voices of Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Goldblum, Sandra Bullock, Danny Glover. "This is sensational cinema." (Slate Magazine) "The blend of animation techniques somehow demonstrates mastery modestly, while the special effects are nothing short of magnificent." (Chicago Reader) "As epic, emotionally satisfying spectacle, it's way up there with the very best in mainstream animation." (Time Out) Sunday, April 21 Doors 12:15 pm | Movie 12:40 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Kids ticket pricing in effect! Kids under 13 are just $7!!! THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells / 1998 / 97 mins / PG) [more]

Poor Things

3:00pm - Sunday, Apr 21, 2024

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, THE FAVOURITE) and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone - who won her second Best Actress Oscar with thanks to her bravura performance), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter. Under Baxter's protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation. Featuring Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott. "Bella’s appetite for novelty is reflected in film-making that evokes a similar sense of wonder and discovery in the audience." (Observer UK) "A film that finds itself stupendously filmed, and that, in any way, unspools in a sort of parallel universe, despite supposedly taking place in 19th-century Europe." (Los Angeles Times) "A delicious, unpredictable mix of horror, science-fiction, romance, comedy and sex that is set in a world of exhilarating, Wes Anderson-style visual delights." (Houston Chronicle) Sunday, April 21 Doors 2:30 pm | Film 3:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. POOR THINGS (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2023 / 121 mins / 18A) Brought back to life by an unorthodox scientist, a young woman runs off with a lawyer on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, she grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation. [more]

Poor Things

9:30pm - Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, THE FAVOURITE) and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone - who won her second Best Actress Oscar with thanks to her bravura performance), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter. Under Baxter's protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation. Featuring Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott. "Bella’s appetite for novelty is reflected in film-making that evokes a similar sense of wonder and discovery in the audience." (Observer UK) "A film that finds itself stupendously filmed, and that, in any way, unspools in a sort of parallel universe, despite supposedly taking place in 19th-century Europe." (Los Angeles Times) "A delicious, unpredictable mix of horror, science-fiction, romance, comedy and sex that is set in a world of exhilarating, Wes Anderson-style visual delights." (Houston Chronicle) Wednesday, April 24 Doors 9:00 pm | Film 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. POOR THINGS (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2023 / 121 mins / 18A) Brought back to life by an unorthodox scientist, a young woman runs off with a lawyer on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, she grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation. [more]

John Waters LIVE! With CRY-BABY

8:00pm - Thursday, Apr 25, 2024

"Beat it, creep!" This one's for all the movie-loving "squares," "drapes," juvenile delinquents and orphans out there! The Rio Theatre is pleased to welcome iconic filmmaker John Waters to the stage for a live director commentary to his musical ode to the teen rebel genre, CRY-BABY. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch once of his most beloved films and get the inside scoop on all the behind-the-scenes the film - from the "Pope of Trash" filmmaker himself! Thursday, April 25 Doors 7:00 pm | Event 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony Seating (General Admission) $70+ s/c HERE | $80 at the door Main Floor Seating (Assigned) HERE $90 + s/c HERE | $100 at the door VIP Tickets $130+ s/c HERE VIP tickets include: Priority seating in the first four rows/ centre section, a commemorative event poster signed by John Waters(!), access to an exclusive post-show “Group Therapy” session featuring an intimate Q&A, and an opportunity to take a socially-distanced selfie with the man himself. VIP tickets are capped at 4 / transaction. Tickets on sale Thursday, April 4 @ 10:00 am Please note: Absolutely no videotaping, audio taping or photography of any kind permitted during the performance. This includes cell phones equipped with cameras or any electronic device with audio, video or photographic capability. Failure to comply with the guidelines outlined above will result in removal from the event. Infectious and gleefully camp, CRY-BABY is one of Waters' more "accessible" (it's solid PG fare, releasing two years after HAIRSPRAY) titles, yet it still retained the sharp, cutting satire and subversion that Waters is so well known for. A laugh-out-loud romp, the 1990 release provided star Johnny Depp with the perfect vehicle in which to lampoon his pin-up image. With Amy Locane, Polly Bergen, Ricki Lake, Iggy Pop, Traci Lords. "It all adds up to zany, wide-eyed, quintessential Waters havoc -- the "kinder, gentler" 1990s brand, perhaps. But the genuine article, nonetheless." (Seattle Times) "The wizard of odd still runs amok." (Rolling Stone) "It's not at all difficult to declare Cry-Baby the best American movie musical in recent memory." (OutWeek) CRY-BABY (John Waters, 1990 / 85 mins / PG) In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge. [more]

John Waters: Devil's Advocate

8:00pm - Friday, Apr 26, 2024

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

David Lynch's Dune

11:00pm - Friday, Apr 26, 2024

"He who controls the Spice, controls the universe!" The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on April 26 with David Lynch's notoriously polarizing 1984 oddity, DUNE. Based on Frank Herbert's epic novel, the story was famously deemed "unadaptable" for years before Lynch's infamous foray. Mocked by some and genuinely revered by others, Lynch's DUNE is an enigmatic, cinematic sci-fi curiosity that remains, still, something of an "arthouse blockbuster." Set in the year 10191, a spice called "melange" is the most valuable substance known in the universe, and its only source is the desert planet Arrakis. A royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts his bitter enemies, the Harkonnens. However, when the Harkonnens violently seize back their fiefdom, it is up to Paul (Kyle MacLachlan), Leto's son, to lead the Fremen, the natives of Arrakis, in a battle for control of the planet and its spice. With José Ferrer,  Patrick Stewart, Sean Young, Sting, Virginia Madsen, Dean Stockwell, Francesca Annis. "It's not for everyone, but if you don't mind the brain-bending confusion of the plot and occasional feeling of '80s high camp, this isn't as bad as its detractors would have it." (Empire Magazine) "There's some pleasure to be had from its misguided spectacle...but only if you embrace the mystery rather than try to define it, which is true, really, of all of Lynch's work. Surrealism isn't meant to be sorcerered into making sense." (Brooklyn Magazine) Friday, April 26 Doors 10:30 pm | Movie 11:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Night Date Night! Bring a date, your best friend, or whomever is in charge of keeping your Gom Jabbar and get two-for-one entry at the door! DUNE (David Lynch, 1984 / 137 mins / PG / 18A) | A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule. [more]

Relatos del Exilio

1:30pm - Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

The Venezuelan anthology film STORIES OF EXILE ("Relatos del Exilio") tells four stories that take place in four different countries, showing the same reality: that of "voluntarily forced" exile as a common denominator. The first of those stories is titled “Swamp Monsters,” a thriller set in the opulent city of Miami; the second is "A good doctor", which summarizes the life of a Venezuelan doctor who emigrates to Chile with his family to start from scratch; The third is called "The River Brought Us Here" and reflects the life of a desperate Venezuelan mother faced with the deterioration of her little daughter's health; The fourth is called "Love in Delivery", a romantic comedy that narrates the adventures of the thousands of Venezuelans who work as delivery drivers. Sunday, April 27 Doors 1:00 pm | Movie 1:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance tickets $25+ s/c | $28 at the door STORIES IN EXILE "Relatos del Exilio" (Carlos Fung, 2024 / 120 mins / Spanish w/EST) Four stories, four countries, one reality. A dramatic and moving narrative anthology film surrounding the “voluntarily forced” exile experienced by people in Venezuela. [more]

Bonnie Kilroe is CHER!

8:00pm - Saturday, Apr 27, 2024

A TRIBUTE TO ENTERTAINMENT'S GREATEST FOUR-LETTER WORD—CHER! This tribute show is in honour of that most iconic of celebrity divas—Cher herself. Bonnie Kilroe takes you through more than four decades of Cher songs, looks, and costume changes, from the "peace-and-love" sixties, through the psychedelic 1970s, stopping by the "big-haired" 1980s era, to the present-day with songs from the hit movies, Burlesque and Mamma Mia! You'll hear, and probably singalong to, all of your favourite songs!! 'I've Got You, Babe', 'Believe', 'Turn Back Time', and many others! The Diva of divas, you've never seen Cher quite like this. From the hair to the "not-quite-there" bodysuit, to the rhinestone-covered boots, this is the Cher impersonator you've been waiting for! Saturday, April 27 Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance VIP (first 5 rows) $50 + s/c | Door $55 +s/c Advance Main Floor Assigned $40 + s/c | Door $45 + s/c Advance Balcony General Admission $40 + s/c | Door $45 + s/c [more]

Russian Consul (Canadian Premiere)

12:45pm - Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

The main character of the film, Serbian psychiatrist Ilija Jugović, after the death of his patient in Belgrade, goes to Prizren, Kosovo, under the punishment of the Party, where he gets a job as a general practitioner in a local hospital. There he meets history professor Ljubo Božović, the self-proclaimed “Russian Consul“, an apparently psychiatric patient who claims that soon “Russia will become Russia again, and Kosovo will be Serbian again“. Local Albanian powerful, hidden separatists, also members of the Communist Party and cadres in positions are turning against him. The most powerful of them, Halit Berisha, evicts Serbs from Kosovo with various cruel pressures: he carries out violence against Serbian children in schools, intimidates the local population, prevents them from receiving health care, harasses families, instills insecurity and anxiety in them. So it was the turn of Ljubo Bozović, whom Berisha is trying to evict from the house and drive him away from Kosovo. The “Russian Consul“ refuses to sell his house and clashes with Berisha. Doctor Ilija Jugović stands under his protection. With Žarko Laušević, Nebojša Dugalić, Paulina Manov, Svetozar Cvetković, Visar Vishka, Danica Radulović, Mensur Shafqiu, Konstantin Fidanov, Petar Zekavica, Meto Jovanovski, Nada Macanković, Slaviša Čurović, Enver Petrovci, Tamara Aleksić. Dešavanja koja su definisala budući suživot Srba i Albanaca na Kosovu. Naslovnu ulogu tumači nedavno preminuli glumac Žarko Laušević, što je ujedno bio i njegov poslednji film koji je u bogatoj karijeri snimio. Glavni junak filma, srpski doktor Ilija Jugović po kazni dobija premeštaj bolnicu u Prizrenu. Tu upoznaje profesora istorije Ljuba Božovića - RUSKOG KONZULA, naizgled psihijatrijskog pacijenta koji tvrdi da će uskoro “ Rusija opet postati Rusija, a Kosovo će opet biti srpsko”. Protiv Božovića se okreću lokalni albanski moćnici, separatisti. Oni pokušavaju da isele Božovića ali u njegovu zaštitu staje doktor Jugović. Sunday, April 28 Doors 12:15 pm | Movie 12:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. General Admission Tickets $27 RUSSIAN CONSUL "Ruski Konzul" (Vuk Drašković, 2024 / 147 mins / PG / Serbian w/ EST) [more]

Humane

6:45pm - Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

With her debut feature film HUMANE, acclaimed photographer Caitlin Cronenberg transitioned into the role of filmmaker, and joins the ranks of one of the most prolific Canadian "family businesses" alongside her iconic father David, and brother Brandon (POSSESSOR, INFINITY POOL). HUMANE takes place over a single day, mere months after a global ecological collapse has forced world leaders to take extreme measures to reduce the earth’s population. In a wealthy enclave, a recently retired newsman has invited his four grown children to dinner to announce his intentions to enlist in the nation’s new euthanasia program. But when the father’s plan goes horribly awry, tensions flare and chaos erupt among his children. With Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire, Peter Gallagher, Enrico Colantoni, Sebastian Chacon. Sunday, April 28 Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. HUMANE (Caitlin Cronenberg, 2024 / 93 mins / 14A) A global environmental collapse forces world leaders to take extreme measures to reduce Earth's population. [more]

Love Lies Bleeding

9:00pm - Sunday, Apr 28, 2024

From British director Rose Glass (whose 2019 feature film debut, the psychological horror thriller SAINT MAUD, was criminally underseen) comes an electric new love story, LOVE LIES BLEEDING. The film follows reclusive gym manager Lou, who falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou's criminal family. With Kristen Stewart, Ed Harris, Katy O'Brien. "The point really isn’t the crime. Or the bleeding, Or even, despite the palpable chemistry between Stewart and O’Brian, the love. It’s the intimate, passionately intense feel of the thing: the urgent need to escape where you are, and find someplace new." (Time Out) "Visceral and heady, this is a blood-soaked, all-American fable that’s as if Thelma And Louise literally went on steroids. Rose Glass is a force to be reckoned with." (Empire Magazine) "Lust and violence collide to powerfully pulpy effect in Love Lies Bleeding, a well-acted addition to writer-director Rose Glass' growing body of exceptional work." (Rotten Tomatoes) "... Puts a sapphic spin on neo-noir, flirting with clichés only to dodge away towards something more outrageous." (Gay City News) Sunday, April 28 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

Mountains on Stage: Summer 2024

7:00pm - Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024

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

Poor Things

6:20pm - Wednesday, May 1, 2024

From filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER, THE FAVOURITE) and producer Emma Stone comes the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone - who won her second Best Actress Oscar with thanks to her bravura performance), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter. Under Baxter's protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn, a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation. Featuring Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, Ramy Youssef, Christopher Abbott. "Bella’s appetite for novelty is reflected in film-making that evokes a similar sense of wonder and discovery in the audience." (Observer UK) "A film that finds itself stupendously filmed, and that, in any way, unspools in a sort of parallel universe, despite supposedly taking place in 19th-century Europe." (Los Angeles Times) "A delicious, unpredictable mix of horror, science-fiction, romance, comedy and sex that is set in a world of exhilarating, Wes Anderson-style visual delights." (Houston Chronicle) Wednesday, May 1 Doors 5:50 pm | Film 6:20 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. POOR THINGS (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2023 / 121 mins / 18A) Brought back to life by an unorthodox scientist, a young woman runs off with a lawyer on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, she grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation. [more]

Love Lies Bleeding

9:30pm - Wednesday, May 1, 2024

From British director Rose Glass (whose 2019 feature film debut, the psychological horror thriller SAINT MAUD, was criminally underseen) comes an electric new love story, LOVE LIES BLEEDING. The film follows reclusive gym manager Lou, who falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou's criminal family. With Kristen Stewart, Ed Harris, Katy O'Brien. "The point really isn’t the crime. Or the bleeding, Or even, despite the palpable chemistry between Stewart and O’Brian, the love. It’s the intimate, passionately intense feel of the thing: the urgent need to escape where you are, and find someplace new." (Time Out) "Visceral and heady, this is a blood-soaked, all-American fable that’s as if Thelma And Louise literally went on steroids. Rose Glass is a force to be reckoned with." (Empire Magazine) "Lust and violence collide to powerfully pulpy effect in Love Lies Bleeding, a well-acted addition to writer-director Rose Glass' growing body of exceptional work." (Rotten Tomatoes) "... Puts a sapphic spin on neo-noir, flirting with clichés only to dodge away towards something more outrageous." (Gay City News) Wednesday, May 1 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

11:00pm - Friday, May 3, 2024

“That's no moon. It's a space station.” The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on May 3 with a viewing of George Lucas' iconic 1977 film, STAR WARS. Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy in Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope. Nineteen years after the formation of the Empire, Luke is thrust into the struggle of the Rebel Alliance when he meets Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has lived for years in seclusion on the desert planet of Tatooine. Obi-Wan begin Luke’s Jedi training as Luke joins him on a daring mission to rescue the beautiful Rebel leader Princess Leia from the clutches of Darth Vader and the evil Empire. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, Yoda, C-3P0, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and Darth Vader. Friday, May 3 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 most trusted Wookie and get two-for-one entry. STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE (George Lucas, 1977 / 124 mins / PG / 1997 Re-Release) Young farm boy Luke Skywalker is thrust into a galaxy of adventure when he intercepts adistress call from the captive Princess Leia. The event launches him on a daring mission to rescue her from the clutches of Darth Vader and the evil Empire. [more]

STAR WARS: The Original Trilogy Marathon Movie Pass

5:15pm - Saturday, May 4, 2024

"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid." Listen up, all you... Stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf-herders of East Vancouver! To mark one of cinema's most high holy of holidays - May (the) 4 - the Rio Theatre will be screening George Lucas' Original Trilogy STAR WARS films.... Back. To. Back. YES! A NEW HOPE, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and RETURN OF THE JEDI are currently navigating their way through an asteroid field to land on our big n' beautiful screen and with our big n' beautiful sound - so buckle up. Saturday, May (the) Fourth The Original Star Wars Trilogy Marathon Tickets Early Bird Tickets $33+ s/c (Limited Quantity Available Until April 12) Regular Ticket $35+ s/c | $40 at the door Rogue Squadron Group Pass (Minimum of 4 tickets - online only) Rebel Alliance Mega Group Pass (Minimum of 6 tickets - online only) Individual film movie tickets are not available for purchase in advance. If tickets for any individual film are available on the day of the event, they can only be purchased at the box office (subject to availability). A NEW HOPE Doors 4:20 pm | Movie 5:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. (Break) THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Movie 7:45 pm *Apx. start time (Break) RETURN OF THE JEDI Movie 10:15 pm *Apx. start time STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE (George Lucas, 1977 / 124 mins / PG / 1997 Re-Release) Young farm boy Luke Skywalker is thrust into a galaxy of adventure when he intercepts adistress call from the captive Princess Leia. The event launches him on a daring mission to rescue her from the clutches of Darth Vader and the evil Empire. STAR WARS: EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Irvin Kershner, 1980 / 124 mins / PG / 1997 Re-Release) The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair. STAR WARS: EPISODE VI: RETURN OF THE JEDI (Richard Marquand, 1983 / 131 mins /PG / 1997 Re-Release) When the Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with more powerful Death Star, the Rebel fleet counters with a massive attack on the space station. In a final climatic duel, Luke Skywalker confronts Darth Vader. [more]

Me and Felix

6:30pm - Tuesday, May 7, 2024

From the producer of "My Thoughts Are Silent," "Luxembourg, Luxembourg," "Wild Field," "Homeward," "Atlantis." ME AND FELIX ("Rock, Paper, Grenade") is a story about relationships between children and adults broken by shaky 1990s in Ukraine. The boy Tymophii befriends a weird man named Felix. He's the veteran of Afghan war, he has PTSD and he loves music. The director of the movie, Iryna Tsilyk, is a laureate of the Shevchenko National Prize and the Sundance Festival for Best Directing. The film is an adaptation of the bestselling novel "Who Are You?" by Artem Chekh. The leading role was performed by Yuriy Izdryk, a well-known poet and writer, for whom this became a debut in cinema. Presented by Ukraine Harmony Foundation Tuesday, May 7 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance tickets $26.25+ s/c | $29 at the door ME AND FELIX (Iryna Tsilyk, 2022 / 92 mins / PG / Ukrainian w/EST)) A story about relationships between children and adults broken by shaky 1990s in Ukraine. The boy Tymophii befriends a weird man named Felix. He's the veteran of Afghan war, he has PTSD and he loves music. Я і Фелікс Від продюсера «Мої думки тихі», «Люксембург Люксембург», «Дике поле», «Додому», «Атлантида». Синопсис: Історія про відносини між дітьми та дорослими, які розірвані тривожними 1990-ми в Україні. Хлопчик Тимофій знайомиться з дивним чоловіком на ім'я Фелікс. Він — ветеран війни в Афганістані, у нього ПТСР, і він любить музику. Режисерка фільму - Ірина Цілик - лауреатка Шевченківської премії та фестивалю Санденс на найкращу режисерську роботу. Фільм став екранізацією романа-бестселера «Хто ти такий?» Артема Чеха. [more]

Femme

9:30pm - Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Experience Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (CANDYMAN) and George Mackay (1917) in the jaw-dropping queer revenge thriller from visionary directors Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping in FEMME. With his performances as Aphrodite Banks, Jules has a place among London's celebrated drag artists. One night after a show, he steps out to get some cigarettes and is brutally attacked by a man , out with a gang of his friends. Although Jules is able to recover physically, he withdraws from the outside world, traumatized. Months later, he recognizes his attacker by chance in a gay sauna. Without make-up and wrapped only in a towel, Jules is able to approach the other man incognito and find out who he is. He begins an affair with the closeted Preston, with a plan to take his revenge. "A thrilling, transgressive, erotic thriller." (Screen Daily) "An uncompromising fusion of genre fireworks and measured, thoughtful character study." (Variety) "As a thriller it absolutely works, but as a film that speaks to a very real thing, it's even better." (FilmWeek) "The film avoids a cut-and-dried triumphalism for something more slippery and, perhaps, more meaningful, too..." (New York Times) "Sexually charged and riddled with tension, 'Femme' redresses the noir genre and may leave audiences biting their nails to the nub." (Rotten Tomatoes) Tuesday, May 7 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. FEMME (Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping, 2023 / 100 mins / 18A) Follows Jules, who is targeted in a horrific homophobic attack, destroying his life and career. Some time after that event he encounters Preston, one of his attackers, in a gay sauna. He wants revenge. [more]

The Rio Theatre's 15th Anniversary Party

8:00pm - Friday, May 10, 2024

Can you believe it's been 15 years...? Neither can we! To celebrate our incredible run of being Vancouver's favourite independently owned and operated cinema and live event space, we're throwing a big ol' party.... And you're invited! Come join us and reminisce about some of the many crazy adventures over the past 15 years - from going head-to-head (and winning!) against former Premiere Christy Clark over BC's ridiculously antiquated liquor laws, our awe-inspiring community-supported crowd-finding campaigns to #LightUptheRio and even #SavetheRio, to the fun times we had LARP-ing as the Andy Kaufman-esque #RioSportsBar - and everything in between! We've assembled a who's-who of some of our favourite local performers to make the night special, and are keeping the doors open late for a killer dance party featuring DJ Mark Woodyard! Friday, May 10 Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm | Dance Party 10:30 pm Advance GA tickets $25+ s/c | $30 at the door VIP Tickets (Reserved Seating) $30+ s/c advance Dance Party (10:30 pm) $10 + s/c | $15 at the door With Your Host Dandy! Featuring Performances From: Charlie Demers Graham Clarke Paul Anthony Jamie DeWolf Duncan Shields April O' Peel Cherry On Top Clare Yoyeur Shirley Gnome East Van Opry's Kathleen Nisbet Jack Garton and Hank Pine With House Surf Band The ReVIBERATORS! [more]

Mamma Mia! (Terminal City Roller Derby Fundraiser)

3:00pm - Saturday, May 11, 2024

Join us on Saturday, May 11 - Mother's Day Weekend! - and get ready to dance, jive, and have the time of your life with a very special Terminal City Roller Derby fundraiser screening of singalong favourite, MAMMA MIA! Terminal City Roller Derby was established in 2006, and was Vancouver's first flat track roller derby league! Now, Terminal City provides a space for women and gender expansive skaters to be athletic and strong, and hosts games throughout the year in Coquitlam and New Westminster. They are 100% member-owned and operated, and rely on fundraising activities so they can continue to train, play, and advocate for this exciting and empowering sport. Based on the 1999 smash-hit "jukebox musical" MAMMA MIA!, the film's A-list cast is practically second-fiddle to the film's real star: Abba's greatest hits. The story follows independent, single mother Donna (Meryl Streep), who owns a small hotel on a Greek island and is about to marry off the spirited young daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who she has raised alone. Unbeknownst to Donna, Sophie has secretly invited three of her mother's ex-lovers in the hopes of finding her biological father. Hilarity ensues! Songs featured in the film include ABBA hits like "Super Trouper", "Lay All Your Love on Me", "Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "Take a Chance on Me", "Thank You for the Music", "Money, Money, Money", "The Winner Takes It All", "Voulez-Vous", "SOS" and the film's title track. Also starring Stellan Skarsgård, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Dominic Cooper. "It's impossible not to go along with the feeling when such a strangely life-affirming song as Dancing Queen is blasted in your ears." (Washington Times) "The movie's spirit is somewhere between High School Musical and Hedwig and the Angry Inch; it's at once dorkily wholesome and proudly slutty." (Slate) Saturday, May 11 Doors 2:30 pm | Movie 3:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Partial proceeds from this event will go towards Terminal City's tournament travel costs, so they can keep roller derby financially accessible for all! Credit: Terminal City Roller Derby logo design by Slam Drunk MAMMA MIA! (Phyllida Lloyd, 2008 / 108 mins / PG) The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA. [more]

The Rio Theatre Burlesque & Variety Show

9:00pm - Saturday, May 11, 2024

A copious cavalcade of top notch talent and captivating cabaret awaits at The Rio Theatre Burlesque and Variety Show on Saturday, May 11. Local luminary April O’Peel has curated a show full of wonder sure to dazzle and delight our fun loving audience. The theme is.... NO THEME. That’s right! The evening's roster of talented performers will each be performing one act of their choosing. What act will they decide to bring to The Rio Theatre Burlesque and Variety Show!? Find out on Saturday, May 11, as these stars align for one night only! Saturday, May 11 Doors at 8:00 pm | Show at 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Tickets $30+ s/c in advance | $35 at the door VIP (Priority seating Rows 1-3) $40 + s/c Featuring performances from: Champagne Sparkles Charlotte Strudel Jungle Kat Kitty Kin-Evil Lilac Lust Mae Flambe Maria Sample Sparkle Plenty Sugar L'Estrange Yuki Ueda April O'Peel Hosted by Crystal Precious [more]

Artcell LIVE!

Artcell LIVE!

8:00pm - Sunday, May 12, 2024

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

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Artcell LIVE!

8:00pm - Monday, May 13, 2024

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

Till All Are One: Transformers 40th Anniversary Event

6:30pm - Wednesday, May 15, 2024

"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." Join us at the Rio Theatre in May as we pay tribute to 40 amazing years of one of the most endearing aspects of any 80's kids' childhood... The Transformers! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate 40 years of Transformers action, humour and legacy with fans of all ages at an anniversary event that is truly... More Than Meets the Eye! TIL ALL ARE ONE: TRANSFORMERS 40th ANNIVERSARY EVENT celebrates a legacy that began in 1984 and hasn’t stopped exciting fans for 40 years. This special cinema experience will take you back to the very beginning as the original voice actors team up for the first time in decades to revisit their characters and recreate the enduring magic of The Transformers. An exclusive behind-the-scenes table read appears on a split screen with the pilot episode, More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1, followed by the next three episodes in the first series. Experience the original Saturday morning cartoon for the first time on the big screen (with our bigger sound!) and relive its evolution over the years with a sneak peek of the new season of Transformers EarthSpark (releasing later this year) plus a never-before-screened Transformers PSA (Public Service Announcement) from the 1980s. Episode 1: More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1 Episode 2: More Than Meets the Eye, Part 2 Episode 3: More Than Meets the Eye, Part 3 Episode 4: Transport to Oblivion Wednesday, May 15 Doors 6:00 pm | Screening 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

James 'Super Chikan' Johnson: A Life in Blues (Film + Live Concert)

7:15pm - Friday, May 17, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Friday, May 17 for a screening of the new documentary JAMES 'SUPER CHIKAN' JOHNSON: A LIFE IN BLUES followed by a live performance featuring the man himself, and The Mojo Stars. Friday, May 17 Doors 6:30 pm | Film 7:15 pm | Concert 9:00 pm Regular Tickets $35 + s/c advance | $40 at the door Main Floor Assigned / Balcony GA VIP (Rows 1-4 centre section, Pre-show meet and greet, photo and autograph) $50 + s/c | $55 at the door The meet and greet will begin at 5:45 pm for VIP guests Students (with valid ID) $25+ s/c Group Ticket Bundle (Minimum 4) $30 + s/c [more]

Mad Max

11:00pm - Friday, May 17, 2024

As we all gear up for legendary filmmaker George Miller's hotly anticipated FURIOSA: A MAD MAX saga to drop, we thought the time was right to revisit the very first entry in his storied franchise, the original MAD MAX. Set in a not-too-distant dystopian future, when man's most precious resource -- oil -- has been depleted and the world plunged into war, famine and financial chaos, the last vestiges of the law in Australia attempt to restrain a vicious biker gang. Max (Mel Gibson, in the role that launched his career), an officer with the Main Force Patrol, launches a personal vendetta against the gang when his wife (Joanne Samuel) and son are hunted down and murdered, leaving him with nothing but the instincts for survival and retribution. "Staging the improbable car stunts and crashes to perfection, director George Miller succeeds completely in bringing the violent, post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max to visceral life." (Rotten Tomatoes) "If punk is a sensibility as well as an adjective, 'Mad Max' is a punk movie. Its Australian setting enhances it, authenticating its futuristic aura." (Boston Globe) "[The] film has been consigned to the grind houses, where audiences are responding as Miller wants them to. From there Mad Max will find its way to the film schools and revival houses, where its tough-gutted intelligence may be appreciated." (TIME Magazine) "If you haven't seen writer-director George Miller's 'Mad Max' in quite some time, then it's very likely you're not even remembering it right." (Film Frenzy) Friday, May 17 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 an Australian and get two-for-one entry! MAD MAX (George Miller, 1979 / 93 mins / 14A) In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. [more]

The Bicycle Film Festival: Adventure Shorts

6:00pm - Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) been celebrating bicycles through art, film and music over the last 24 years. BFF spanned the world in over 100 cities worldwide to an audience of over one million people. BFF Vancouver presents two short film programs: Adventure shorts and Urban Bike shorts. These short films appeal to a wide audience from film connoisseurs to avid cyclists and everyone in between. Curated documentaries, narratives, animations, award-winning directors, and emerging talents – all sharing equal billing. Presented by HUB Cycling Saturday, May 18 Adventure Shorts Doors 5:00 pm | Event 6:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. General Admission Tickets $20 + s/c Optional donation to HUB Cycling when you buy your ticket! Adventure Shorts Programme *Kailey Kornhauser and fellow “fat cyclist” Marley Blonsky are on a mission to change the idea that people with larger bodies can't ride bikes *A young woman defies oppression in Iran through a daring escape in order to pedal freely on a bicycle *A dreamy glimpse into three professional female mountain bikers reflecting on their willingness to sustain broken bones, concussions, and organ damages *A family gives up everything to be together in their motorhome, traveling from bike park to bike park across Europe *The story of 17-year-old Nigel James, a Diné mountain biker who hosts the first ever Enduro race in the Navajo Nation, and honors their land, community, and culture through revitalizing trails And more… [more]

The Bicycle Film Festival Evening Pass: Adventure Shorts + Urban Bike Shorts

6:00pm - Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) been celebrating bicycles through art, film and music over the last 24 years. BFF spanned the world in over 100 cities worldwide to an audience of over one million people. BFF Vancouver presents two short film programs: Adventure shorts and Urban Bike shorts. These short films appeal to a wide audience from film connoisseurs to avid cyclists and everyone in between. Curated documentaries, narratives, animations, award-winning directors, and emerging talents – all sharing equal billing. Presented by HUB Cycling Saturday, May 18 Adventure Shorts Doors 5:00 pm | Event 6:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Urban Bike Shorts Doors 8:15 pm | Event 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Full Evening Pass $38+ s/c Optional donation to HUB Cycling when you buy your ticket! [more]

The Bicycle Film Festival: Urban Bike Shorts

9:00pm - Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) been celebrating bicycles through art, film and music over the last 24 years. BFF spanned the world in over 100 cities worldwide to an audience of over one million people. BFF Vancouver presents two short film programs: Adventure shorts and Urban Bike shorts. These short films appeal to a wide audience from film connoisseurs to avid cyclists and everyone in between. Curated documentaries, narratives, animations, award-winning directors, and emerging talents – all sharing equal billing. Presented by HUB Cycling Saturday, May 18 Urban Bike Shorts Doors 8:15 pm | Event 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. General Admission Tickets $20 + s/c Optional donation to HUB Cycling when you buy your ticket! Urban Bike Shorts Programme * The first BMX crew in Nigeria * An homage to the track bike and the Vancouver community formed around it * A bicycle takeover and one of the United State's largest, most anticipated street riding events on the bikelife calendar attracting riders from the wheeling community worldwide * A charismatic Ghanaian immigrant in Amsterdam who teaches refugee adult women to ride bikes * The story of Leo Rogers * A love letter to the splendor of winter through the eyes of a female bicycle courier in the midst of a Canadian deep-freeze * The life of a New York City food delivery worker during the COVID-19 endemic phase * The story of Reza Alizadeh, a blind bicycle mechanic in Mashhad, Iran * A short animation about how there’s no stopping where a bike can take you And more… [more]

Till All Are One: Transformers 40th Anniversary Event

4:20pm - Sunday, May 19, 2024

"Freedom is the right of all sentient beings." Join us at the Rio Theatre in May as we pay tribute to 40 amazing years of one of the most endearing aspects of any 80's kids' childhood... The Transformers! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate 40 years of Transformers action, humour and legacy with fans of all ages at an anniversary event that is truly... More Than Meets the Eye! TIL ALL ARE ONE: TRANSFORMERS 40th ANNIVERSARY EVENT celebrates a legacy that began in 1984 and hasn’t stopped exciting fans for 40 years. This special cinema experience will take you back to the very beginning as the original voice actors team up for the first time in decades to revisit their characters and recreate the enduring magic of The Transformers. An exclusive behind-the-scenes table read appears on a split screen with the pilot episode, More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1, followed by the next three episodes in the first series. Experience the original Saturday morning cartoon for the first time on the big screen (with our bigger sound!) and relive its evolution over the years with a sneak peek of the new season of Transformers EarthSpark (releasing later this year) plus a never-before-screened Transformers PSA (Public Service Announcement) from the 1980s. Episode 1: More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1 Episode 2: More Than Meets the Eye, Part 2 Episode 3: More Than Meets the Eye, Part 3 Episode 4: Transport to Oblivion Sunday, May 19 Doors 3:50 pm | Screening 4:20 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

Dance Filthy Canada 2024

8:00pm - Sunday, May 19, 2024

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

Macbeth: Ralph Fiennes & Indira Varma

3:00pm - Monday, May 20, 2024

Macbeth is coming. A couple corrupted by their relentless lust for power have blood on their hands. Witness the gripping tale of greed, murder, deception and superstition. Once you cross the line, you can never turn back. Tony and BAFTA Award winner Ralph Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra, Schindler's List, Coriolanus) and Olivier Award winner Indira Varma (Present Laughter, Game of Thrones, Luther) star in a brand-new ‘full-voltage visceral’ (★★★★ Daily Telegraph) production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Filmed live at Dock X, a custom-built theatre space in London, this critically acclaimed staging of Macbeth ‘that quickens the pulse, then goes for the jugular’ (★★★★ Financial Times) will be released in cinemas across the UK and selected international territories from 2 May. Directed by Simon Godwin (Antony & Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Hansard) with set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw (Jerusalem, Blues for an Alabama Sky), this is a cinematic and ‘beautifully staged’ (★★★★ WhatsOnStage) production that brings ‘Shakespeare’s tragedy pulsing into the present day’ (★★★★★ The I). Monday, May 20 Doors 2:30 pm | Event 3:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Please note: This screening includes a brief intermission. [more]

The Motorcycle Film Festival (TMFF)

7:00pm - Friday, May 24, 2024

The Motorcycle Film Festival (TMFF) returns to the Rio Theatre on Friday, May 24 with a fresh lineup of throttle-twisting films. Remember last year’s blast? We’re gearing up to make this year even more unforgettable. Expect everything from the adrenaline rush of Flat Track racing to inspiring women who are not just in the scene but leading it. Presented by Trev Deeley Motorcycles Friday, May 24, 2024 Doors 6:30 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. This event will ends at approximately 10:00 pm, and will screen with a 15 minute intermission. Advance tickets $25+ s/c | $28 at the door FILMS The Rider Unpaved - TMFF Best Canadian Film winner featuring BC-based rider, Golnoosh Namazi Chasing Light Korta - TMFF Best Short Film winner We Ride Fast and Left - TMFF Best Short Film winner Women in the Front Seat - TMFF audience favourite TMFF Motorcycle Film Festival and TMFF are trademarks of Gearbox Experiential [more]

KALOKA-NADA Tour

6:00pm - Saturday, May 25, 2024

KALOKA-NADA Tour You will be entertained by the 4 Comedians: Coco Samson (Kalokalike of Coco Martin), Zaragine (Kalokalike of Regine Velasquez), Zack Padilla (Kalokalike of Daniel Padilla) and the multi-awarded Stand up comedian Amazing Peanut! This will be a 4 hour comedy show! This event will be presented in Tagalog.  Saturday, May 25 Doors 5:15 pm | Show 6:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance VIP Assigned tickets $90 + s/c Advance Main Floor Assigned tickets $70 + s/c For more information on this event or for questions about tickets NOT purchased through The Rio Theatre, please contact the event promoter directly. [more]

Lost Lake Confessions (Filmmakers in Attendance for Q&A)

5:45pm - Sunday, May 26, 2024

After a short-lived career as a Los Angeles film director, JD (Jerome Velinsky) returns to Vancouver only to find out that his cancer has returned and that his life now hangs in the balance. So in a final attempt to outrun fate, JD takes his 3 best friends, Hill (Khamisa Wilsher), Connie (Christopher Gerard) and Ray (Dayleigh Nelson), off-grid on a camping trip to Lost Lake for one last nostalgic hoorah before his time may run out. As lifelong friends the “4 Stooges” effortlessly fall back in stride, reliving their youth through drink, song and psychedelics. However, the friends quickly see through JD’s facade and get him to reveal his diagnosis, which in turn sets off a chain reaction of truth bombs throughout the group that will change their lives forever. It turns out that everyone is fighting a silent battle that they’ve been hiding from each other for years and now they each must face their own existential crisis, grappling with questions of mortality, life’s purpose and their place in the world. While the future remains uncertain, the group discovers that hope, love, laughter and friendship are the strongest forces in their lives and that none of them are ever truly lost. Sunday, May 26 Doors 5:15 pm | Movie 5:45 pm Advance tickets $15+ s/c | $18 at the door Filmmakers in attendance for Q&A following LOST LAKE CONFESSIONS. The short film KEEPER OF THE REEL will screen following LOST LAKE CONFESSIONS. [more]

Ian Bagg LIVE!

Ian Bagg LIVE!

7:00pm - Thursday, May 30, 2024

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

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Ian Bagg LIVE!

9:30pm - Thursday, May 30, 2024

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

Macbeth: Ralph Fiennes & Indira Varma

1:00pm - Saturday, Jun 1, 2024

Macbeth is coming. A couple corrupted by their relentless lust for power have blood on their hands. Witness the gripping tale of greed, murder, deception and superstition. Once you cross the line, you can never turn back. Tony and BAFTA Award winner Ralph Fiennes (Antony & Cleopatra, Schindler's List, Coriolanus) and Olivier Award winner Indira Varma (Present Laughter, Game of Thrones, Luther) star in a brand-new ‘full-voltage visceral’ (★★★★ Daily Telegraph) production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Filmed live at Dock X, a custom-built theatre space in London, this critically acclaimed staging of Macbeth ‘that quickens the pulse, then goes for the jugular’ (★★★★ Financial Times) will be released in cinemas across the UK and selected international territories from 2 May. Directed by Simon Godwin (Antony & Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Hansard) with set and costume design by Frankie Bradshaw (Jerusalem, Blues for an Alabama Sky), this is a cinematic and ‘beautifully staged’ (★★★★ WhatsOnStage) production that brings ‘Shakespeare’s tragedy pulsing into the present day’ (★★★★★ The I). Saturday, June 1 Doors 12:30 pm | Event 1:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Please note: This screening includes a brief intermission. [more]

Church of The Flying Saucer

6:30pm - Tuesday, Jun 4, 2024

A young videographer finds herself drawn into the orbit of Hadrian Burns - a fledgling UFO cultist - and his gang of lost boys, who claim to have solved alien-related mysteries everywhere from Youbou to Chilliwack. Along the way she meets an increasingly bizarre cast of characters, who all share a yearning to know if they’re alone in the universe, and who all look to Hadrian for answers. Hilarious, disturbing, boozy and unpredictable: CHURCH OF THE FLYING SAUCER, the next film from the makers of RUCKER ISLAND NIGHT BEAST and THE DEATH OF ANGEL CANDY. Come to Church on Tuesday, June 4! Tuesday, June 4 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance tickets $15+ s/c | $17 at the door [more]

Jonathan Nemer

8:00pm - Wednesday, Jun 5, 2024

Jonathan Nemer Presented by Brazilian Stage Jonathan Nemer, one of today's prominent Brazilian comedians known for his online and on-stage presence, will perform in Canada for the first time. Please note: This show will be in Portuguese. Wednesday, June 5 Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony Tickets (General Admission) $45+ s/c | $50.25 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $52+ s/c | $57.60 at the door VIP Seating (Rows A-H, centre section) $60+ s/c | $66 at the door Tickets for this event go on sale April 2 @ 10 am Jonathan transforma suas desventuras amorosas em comédia no novo show "NÃO SEI NAMORAR". Não importa seu status: namorando, casado, solteiro, divorciado ou viúvo, você se identificará! Com plateias lotadas nos principais teatros do Brasil e turnês pelos Estados Unidos e Europa, Jonathan arranca risadas por todo o mundo. Seus vídeos e shows de Stand Up são conhecidos pelo conteúdo leve e divertido, perfeito para toda a família. [more]

A Better Trip with Shane Mauss

7:30pm - Thursday, Jun 13, 2024

An Immersive Psychedelic Comedy Experience Created for a springtime residency at AREA15 in Las Vegas, award-winning comedian Shane Mauss (Conan, Kimmel, Comedy Central) returns to the Rio Theatre in 2024 with another engagement featuring this first-of-its-kind IMMERSIVE psychedelic comedy show! Visionary VJ Michael Strauss joins to add real-time visuals and animations to Shane’s unique blend of comedy, science, and storytelling–bringing the psychedelic experience to life like never before. Award winning comedian, science communicator, and psychonaut Shane Mauss has joined forces with video jockey Michael Strauss, Emmy nominated Comedy Central ‘Tales From The Trip’ creator and animator Grant Lindahl and a number of psychedelic artists around the world to visually bring his unique brand of psychedelic stand-up and storytelling. "Upending expectations of  what a comedy show is.” (The Daily Dot) "Intelligent, likeable, and sharp.” (VICE Magazine) "Legendary … a very funny journey.” (Austin Chronicle) Thursday, June 13 Doors 6:30 pm | Show 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (General Admission) $33 + s/c | $42 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $40 + s/c | $48 at the door Group Ticket Package (Minimum 4) $30 + s/c (online only) Note: Must be 19+ w/ID for entry. This is a one-person show that starts promptly at showtime! Prepare yourself to arrive early, get great seats and treats, and enjoy the fun, mood-setting collection of related video potpourri we have put together for your pre-show entertainment. [more]

A Better Trip with Shane Mauss

7:30pm - Friday, Jun 14, 2024

An Immersive Psychedelic Comedy Experience Created for a springtime residency at AREA15 in Las Vegas, award-winning comedian Shane Mauss (Conan, Kimmel, Comedy Central) returns to the Rio Theatre in 2024 with another engagement featuring this first-of-its-kind IMMERSIVE psychedelic comedy show! Visionary VJ Michael Strauss joins to add real-time visuals and animations to Shane’s unique blend of comedy, science, and storytelling–bringing the psychedelic experience to life like never before. Award winning comedian, science communicator, and psychonaut Shane Mauss has joined forces with video jockey Michael Strauss, Emmy nominated Comedy Central ‘Tales From The Trip’ creator and animator Grant Lindahl and a number of psychedelic artists around the world to visually bring his unique brand of psychedelic stand-up and storytelling. "Upending expectations of  what a comedy show is.” (The Daily Dot) "Intelligent, likeable, and sharp.” (VICE Magazine) "Legendary … a very funny journey.” (Austin Chronicle) Friday, June 14 Doors 6:30 pm | Show 7:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (General Admission) $33 + s/c | $42 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $40 + s/c | $48 at the door Group Ticket Package (Minimum 4) $30 + s/c (online only) Note: Must be 19+ w/ID for entry. This is a one-person show that starts promptly at showtime! Prepare yourself to arrive early, get great seats and treats, and enjoy the fun, mood-setting collection of related video potpourri we have put together for your pre-show entertainment. [more]

Joe Peras: The Peras Tour

7:00pm - Thursday, Jul 18, 2024

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

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]

Sammy Obeid: Permanent Ceasefire

7:00pm - Friday, Aug 16, 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 16 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 Pre-sale tickets on sale April 2 @ 10:00 am. General public tickets on sale April 5 @ 10:00 am 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 17, 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 17 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 Pre-sale tickets on sale April 2 @ 10:00 am. General public tickets on sale April 5 @ 10:00 am 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]

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]

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