Dogtooth

Tuesday, June 28 at 6:45pm PDT

We've had a really wonderful audience response to Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' latest film THE LOBSTER, and felt like it was a perfect excuse to screen another, earlier title from this exciting filmmaker - the equally absurd, deeply satiric thriller DOGTOOTH. Lanthimos took home the Cannes Film Festival's 'Un Certain Regard' award for DOGTOOTH in 2009, and the film was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar that same year, turning heads and making waves at film festivals and arthouse cinemas around the world.

Tuesday, June 28
Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45 pm
Tickets $10 advance | $12 door
*Must be 19+ for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

"The father, the mother and their three kids live at the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house. The kids have never been outside that fence. They are being educated, entertained, bored and exercised in the manner that their parents deem appropriate, without any influence from the outside world. They believe that the airplanes flying over are toys and that zombies are small yellow flowers. The only person allowed to enter the house is Christina. She works as a security guard at the father’s business. The father arranges her visits to the house in order to appease the sexual urges of the son. The whole family is fond of her, especially the eldest daughter. One day Christina gives her as a present a headband that has stones that glow in the dark and asks for something in return."

"By far the most original film I've seen in a long time." (John Waters)

"... brilliant, disturbing and often frighteningly funny." (The Guardian)

".... as disturbing and startlingly original as modern filmmaking gets." (Rotten Tomatoes)

DOGTOOTH (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009 / 94 mins) | A controlling, manipulative father (Christos Stergioglou) locks his three adult offspring in a state of perpetual childhood by keeping them prisoner within the sprawling family compound. The children are bored to tears in spite of distractions like Christina (Anna Kalaitzidou), an employee of their father's who makes regular visits to sexually service the son (Hristos Passalis). Increasingly curious about the outside world, the older daughter (Aggeliki Papoulia) hatches a plan to escape.

The Nice Guys

Tuesday, June 28 at 9pm PDT

"Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are clearly enjoying the hell out of each other in this crime caper set in 1977 Los Angeles. So how can you resist?" (Rolling Stone)

From director Shane Black comes THE NICE GUYS, a 70s-era buddy comedy that harkens back to a bygone era (think LETHAL WEAPON, which Black wrote the script for!) by managng to add a lil' somethin' else - mainly a hilarious script and the undeniable chemisty of its two leads, Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.

Holland March (Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck private eye in 1977 Los Angeles. Jackson Healy (Crowe) is a hired enforcer who hurts people for a living. Fate turns them into unlikely partners after a young woman named Amelia (Margaret Qualley) mysteriously disappears. Healy and March soon learn the hard way that other dangerous people are also looking for Amelia. Their investigation leads to some dark places as anyone else who gets involved in the case seems to wind up dead. Also starring Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer.

Tickets $10 advance/ $12 at the door

*Kids OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

THE NICE GUYS (Shane Black / 116 mins / 14A) | A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles.

The Critical Hit Show: A Live D&D Comedy Experience

Wednesday, June 29 at 8pm PDT

The live, smash hit epic comedy returns for another round of monthly medieval merriment. It's THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW!

Join Vancouver's best comedic performers at The Rio Theatre on Wednesday, June 29. As always, our intrepid performers will venture on a quest for comic glory and snacks in a live, improvised spectacular inspired by the world's most popular role-playing game.

For four years, The Critical Hit Show has been playing to massive audiences month after month, and the epic adventure continues... Remember, you don't need to know anything about gaming to have a great time. All you need is to know how to have fun!

THE ADVENTURERS
Eric Fell as The Dungeon Master
Ian Boothby as Benoit the Anointed, the Half-Elf Cleric
Joanna Gaskell as Freya, the Elf Warlock
Barbara Beall as Ingrid, the Halfling Fighter
Allen Morrison as Spitz Luben, the Human Wizard
Shaun Stewart as Brask Hellbeard, the Dwarf Bard

More monsters! More Magic! More Mayhem! More Off-Brand soda!

Wednesday, June 29
Doors 7:00 | Show 8:00
Advance Tickets $10 / $12 at the door
19+ only with bar service; 2 pieces of ID required.
No Groupons or passes accepted

Twitter: @critshow
www.criticalhitshow.com
www.facebook.com/dndlive

Purple Rain & Under the Cherry Moon Double Bill

Thursday, June 30 at 7:30pm PDT

Online sales end at 6:30pm on June 30th, Tickets also available at our Box Office during operational hours

Following a number of phenomenal screenings at The Rio Theatre dedicated to the Purple One in May, we received an overwhelmingly positive response - for even more Prince. We hear you, Vancouver! Join us on Thursday, June 30 for a double bill featuring PURPLE RAIN and UNDER THE CHERRY MOON. There is no better way to toast, honour, and celebrate this creative, charismatic, enigmatic and totally uncompromising musical genius than with an audience - and two his best-loved soundtrack contributions - on the big screen, and with our big sound. See them the way they're meant to be seen!

Based loosely on his own life story, Prince's film debut in PURPLE RAIN (1984) cast him as "The Kid," the talented but troubled musician in Minneapolis struggling to make it big with his band, The Revolution. The film was a box office hit, and possessed a phenomonal soundtrack (including Oscar-winner 'When Doves Cry') that forever altered the course of his careeer. Many fans and critics consider the music of PURPLE RAIN signature work, spawning numerous hit singles that would dominate airwaves for years to come. In 1986, Prince followed up PURPLE RAIN by making his directorial debut (and letting his comedic side be known) with UNDER THE CHERRY MOON. Though the film itself was a complete critical and commercial disaster, its soundtrack did spawn one of the Purple One's most lauded albums, 'Parade,' which features hits including 'Kiss,' 'Sometimes it Snows in April,' and 'Mountains.' Over the years the film (which also marks the feature debut of Kristin Scott Thomas) has emerged as something of a cult-classic.

Thursday, June 30

PURPLE RAIN
Doors 7:00 pm | Movie 7:30 pm

(Break)

UNDER THE CHERRY MOON
Doors 9:35 | Movie 9:45pm

Each film $10 advance / $12 at the door

See both for $13 advance / $15 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service
**Groupons and passes OK for any single film! Please redeeem at the door

PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984 / 111 mins / 18A) | A talented young musician in Minneapolis, tormented by an abusive, bold father and a mother who is never satisfied, must contend with a rival singer, a darling romance, and his own dissatisfied bandmates - while his own star (and baby, he is one) begins to rise.

UNDER THE CHERRY MOON (Prince, 1986 / 98 mins /18A) | The situation for professional gigolos Christopher Tracy and his brother, who make their careers out of swindling wealthy French women in the Mediterranean, gets complicated when love unexpecctedly gets in the way.

The Last Waltz

Friday, July 1 at 8pm PDT

Happy Canada Day!

Universally hailed as one of “the best concert films ever made,” director Martin Scorsese’s THE LAST WALTZ chronicles the final, farewell performance of legendary Canadian rockers the Band on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. A musical delight that is as fresh today as it was upon its release, the film features the Band’s members (including Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, and Rick Danko) as well as over a dozen special guests like Bob Dylan,Paul Butterfield, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Neil Diamond, Bobby Charles, The Staple Singers, and Eric Clapton.

THE LAST WALTZ
Friday, July 1

Doors 7:30 pm | Movie 8:00 pm

Ticket $10 advance at / $12 at the door

*All ages OK! Must be 19+ w/ ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

THE LAST WALTZ (Martin Scorsese, 1978 / 117 mins / PG) | Chronicle of the final concert of Canadian rockers the Band, featuring both behind-the-scenes and concert footage.

Stop Making Sense

Friday, July 1 at 10:45pm PDT

Stop Making Sense ... on Canada Day!

Same as it ever was…

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present Jonathan Demme’s groundbreaking concert documentary STOP MAKING SENSE, featuring New Wave pioneers The Talking Heads.

Friday, July 1
Doors 10:15 pm | Movie 10:45 pm

Tickets $10 in advance/ $12 at the door

*All ages OK in balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

Shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, the movie is notable for being the first made entirely using digital audio techniques. STOP MAKING SENSE has been hailed by Leonard Maltin as “one of the greatest rock movies ever made”, and Pauline Kael of The New Yorker described it as “…close to perfection.”

STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme, 1984 / 88 mins) | Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of Talking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band’s frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band’s hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrne in an enormous suit.

The Amazing Nina Simone

Saturday, July 2 at 4:15pm PDT

She was left out of Civil Rights history, erased by jazz critics, and forgotten by most Americans because no one knew how to categorize her greatness. But throughout the 1960s, Nina Simone was both loved and feared for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Her musical proclamations like Mississippi Goddam, and her iconic style gave voice to people of all colors facing oppression, and continues to empower today with its unrelenting appeal for justice.

Nina Simone is often mis-remembered for her fiery temper, scolding of audiences and her subsequent abrupt departure from the United States. THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE reveals the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one America’s true musical geniuses, offering new insights into her journey from classical music and the segregated American South. Nina’s legacy is chartered through her early disappointments, her education among Harlem’s intelligentsia, the creation of over 30 albums, navigating the many factions of the Civil Rights Movement, proclaiming her own unique identity through her style, fashion, and sexuality, and the battle with the untreated illness that consumed both her and her actions, following her journey all the way to the South of France and the place where she finally found freedom.

Through Nina’s friends, family, band members, lovers and fellow activists, we learn the true Nina, and the inspiration behind the songs that for 60 years have moved people to both tears and elation. Music that is pure and untouched by today’s electronics, and touches emotions of love, joy, despair, rage, and revenge – often reflecting the turbulent twists of the 1960s. President Barak Obama listed “Sinnerman” in his top 5 favorite songs, and whether re-mixed, re-sampled or in its pure form, Nina’s music can be heard in films, commercials, radio, and online throughout the world.

The film traces Nina’s roots from her upbringing in segregated North Carolina, when she was once Eunice Waymon, playing piano with a White piano teacher, her beloved Mrs. Mazzy. Destined to be a great Classical Pianist, Eunice’s journey is carefully documented as she experiences early disappointments navigating the Classical Music establishment, landing in an Atlantic City bar, where she develops her unique signature mix of layering folk, gospel, classical, pop and African music. Forced to sing or lose the job, she conceals from her religious mother that she is performing in a bar, and Nina Simone – a star – is born.

The film showcases Nina through her most influential period in the 1960s, but also the journey after the Civil Rights movement fades from the headlines. With the assassinations of friends and leaders, we chart Nina’s journey as she departs the United States, traveling through the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe, chased by an untreated illness that consumes both her and her actions. With the help of friends and fans, Nina eventually re-builds her career to perform again for a generation of fans eager to rekindle the optimism and love she once provided in the 1960s.

With this film, we get one step closer to understanding the woman who has given fans moments of pride, and opportunities to cry in solitude. We gain a deeper appreciation of Nina’s music, and an understanding of the events leading to their creation. We continue her fight for freedom for all people, and introduce younger audiences to the songs that inspired us. We help preserve and understand THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE.

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Saturday, July 2
Doors 3:45 pm | Movie 4:15 pm
Tickets $10 advance | $12 door

*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.

THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE (Jeff Lieberman, 2015 / 110 mins) With musical proclamations like Mississippi Goddam and an iconic style, Nina Simone was both loved and feared throughout the 1960s for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Today, Nina is more popular eleven years after her death than ever before. President Barack Obama listed 'Sinnerman' in his top 5 favorite songs, and whether re-mixed, re-sampled or in its pure form, Nina’s music continues to empower people around the world with its unrelenting appeal for justice. With new insights into her musical journey from Classical Music and the segregated South, the worlds of Jazz and Civil Rights, through her erratic behavior and self-exile, Nina’s legacy is chartered all the way to the place where she found freedom.

Porco Rosso

Saturday, July 2 at 6:45pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre for another classic Studio Ghibli title on Saturday, July 2. Director Hayao Miyazaki‘s sixth film, PORCO ROSSO (known in Japan as “Crimson Pig”) is an endearing comedy set against the backdrop of Italy duwing World War 1, and follows the adventures of a fighter ace living as a freelance bounty hunter, chasing “air pirates” in the Adriatic Sea. But this is no ordinary aviator – he has been cursed with the head of a pig. Once called “Marco Pagot,” he is now known to the world as “Porco Rosso” (Italian for “Red Pig”).

This fun, family-friendly film is based on Japanese comic Hikōtei Jidai, a three-part watercolor manga by director Miyazaki, and stars the voices of Shūichirō Moriyama, Tokiko Kato, Akemi Okamura and Akio Ōtsuka. **Please note: Porco Rosso screens in Japanese with English subtitles.


Saturday, July 2
Doors 6:15pm | Movie 6:45 pm

Tickets $10 advance | $12 at the door

*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**All ages welcome in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.

PORCO ROSSO “Kurenai no Buta” (Hayao Miyazaki, 1992 / 94 mins / PG / English subtitles) | In Italy in the 1930s, sky pirates in biplanes terrorize wealthy cruise ships as they sail the Adriatic Sea. The only pilot brave enough to stop the scourge is the mysterious “Porco Rosso” (Shuichiro Moriyama), a former World War I flying ace who was somehow turned into a pig during the war. As he prepares to battle the pirate crew’s American ace, Porco Rosso enlists the help of spunky girl mechanic Fio Piccolo (Akemi Okamura) and his longtime friend Madame Gina (Tokiko Kato).

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Saturday, July 2 at 9pm PDT

While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men – a quiet loner, a ruthless hit man and a Mexican bandit – comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.

Saturday, July 2
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm

Advance tickets $10 online | $12 at the door
*All ages welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY “Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo” (Sergio Leone, 1966 | 161 mins) | Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, and Lee Van Cleef star in Sergio Leone’s masterpiece, a “spaghetti Western” that is generally considered to be the most influential (if not thoroughly entertaining!) in the genre. “A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.”

Billy Elliot

Sunday, July 3 at 3:30pm PDT

In 2000, a young actor named Jamie Bell leaped onto the A-list following his truly astounding, toe-tapping feature film debut as the titular character in Stephen Daldry‘s coming-of-age musical drama BILLY ELLIOT. The story of a gruff coal miner’s son who goes from boxing lessons to the world of ballet under the guidance of a sympathetic instructor (Julie Walters, who received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod for her performance) was both a critical and commercial success, its fantastic 70s and 80s-fueled soundtrack ably lending itself to the subsequent stage adaptation (featuring music by Elton John).

Set against the bleak backdrop of Thatcherism and the 84-85 coal miner’s strike in Northern England, Billy Elliot finds himself gravitating towards ballet when he demonstrates a natural talent that draws the eye of the local teacher who recognizes the boy’s raw potential. The classroom becomes a safe haven for Billy; his stern, chain-smoking mentor becoming something of a surrogate mother-figure at a time when his home life is full of chaos and tension. When opportunity strikes, she encourages him to take his gift and use it to leap towards brighter a future – in the world of dance.

Sunday, July 3
Doors 3:00 pm | Movie 3:30 pm

Tickets $10 advance | $12 at the door
*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service
**Groupons and passes OK for any single film! Please redeeem at the door.


BILLY ELLIOT (Stephen Daldry, 2000 / 110 mins / PG ) | A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.

The Amazing Nina Simone

Sunday, July 3 at 6:25pm PDT

She was left out of Civil Rights history, erased by jazz critics, and forgotten by most Americans because no one knew how to categorize her greatness. But throughout the 1960s, Nina Simone was both loved and feared for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Her musical proclamations like Mississippi Goddam, and her iconic style gave voice to people of all colors facing oppression, and continues to empower today with its unrelenting appeal for justice.

Nina Simone is often mis-remembered for her fiery temper, scolding of audiences and her subsequent abrupt departure from the United States. THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE reveals the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one America’s true musical geniuses, offering new insights into her journey from classical music and the segregated American South. Nina’s legacy is chartered through her early disappointments, her education among Harlem’s intelligentsia, the creation of over 30 albums, navigating the many factions of the Civil Rights Movement, proclaiming her own unique identity through her style, fashion, and sexuality, and the battle with the untreated illness that consumed both her and her actions, following her journey all the way to the South of France and the place where she finally found freedom.

Through Nina’s friends, family, band members, lovers and fellow activists, we learn the true Nina, and the inspiration behind the songs that for 60 years have moved people to both tears and elation. Music that is pure and untouched by today’s electronics, and touches emotions of love, joy, despair, rage, and revenge – often reflecting the turbulent twists of the 1960s. President Barak Obama listed “Sinnerman” in his top 5 favorite songs, and whether re-mixed, re-sampled or in its pure form, Nina’s music can be heard in films, commercials, radio, and online throughout the world.

The film traces Nina’s roots from her upbringing in segregated North Carolina, when she was once Eunice Waymon, playing piano with a White piano teacher, her beloved Mrs. Mazzy. Destined to be a great Classical Pianist, Eunice’s journey is carefully documented as she experiences early disappointments navigating the Classical Music establishment, landing in an Atlantic City bar, where she develops her unique signature mix of layering folk, gospel, classical, pop and African music. Forced to sing or lose the job, she conceals from her religious mother that she is performing in a bar, and Nina Simone – a star – is born.

The film showcases Nina through her most influential period in the 1960s, but also the journey after the Civil Rights movement fades from the headlines. With the assassinations of friends and leaders, we chart Nina’s journey as she departs the United States, traveling through the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe, chased by an untreated illness that consumes both her and her actions. With the help of friends and fans, Nina eventually re-builds her career to perform again for a generation of fans eager to rekindle the optimism and love she once provided in the 1960s.

With this film, we get one step closer to understanding the woman who has given fans moments of pride, and opportunities to cry in solitude. We gain a deeper appreciation of Nina’s music, and an understanding of the events leading to their creation. We continue her fight for freedom for all people, and introduce younger audiences to the songs that inspired us. We help preserve and understand THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE.

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Sunday, July 3
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:25 pm
Tickets $10 advance | $12 door

*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.

THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE (Jeff Lieberman, 2015 / 110 mins) With musical proclamations like Mississippi Goddam and an iconic style, Nina Simone was both loved and feared throughout the 1960s for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Today, Nina is more popular eleven years after her death than ever before. President Barack Obama listed 'Sinnerman' in his top 5 favorite songs, and whether re-mixed, re-sampled or in its pure form, Nina’s music continues to empower people around the world with its unrelenting appeal for justice. With new insights into her musical journey from Classical Music and the segregated South, the worlds of Jazz and Civil Rights, through her erratic behavior and self-exile, Nina’s legacy is chartered all the way to the place where she found freedom.

Zardoz | Storm Crow Sunday at the Rio Theatre

Sunday, July 3 at 9pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a special presentation of cult sci-fi classic ZARDOZ, presented in partnership with our friends at Storm Crow Tavern on Commercial Drive and the brand-new Storm Crow Alehouse on Broadway. (What does this mean? Here’s what this means: Show your online receipt/ticket/proof of purchase to ZARDOX and get 10% off your bill at either location on Sunday, July 3! Start making plans now, people.)

Sean Connery and Charlotte Rampling star in director John Boorman‘s ZARDOZ, an ambitious futuristic sci-fi-drama-romance about a savage resident of a dystopic 23rd-century Earth who becomes involved in a revolution after discovering the hidden truth about society’s rulers. Connery (in a seriously steep costume downgrade from his stint as 007) plays Zed, a rebel member of the Exterminators, a band of skilled assassins who exact a reign of terror over the lesser Brutals. The Exterminators answer only to their god, a gigantic stone image known as “Zardoz.” Haunted by doubt about Zardoz’s true divinity, Zed chooses to investigate, only to learn that Zardoz is just a fraudulent tool of the Eternals, a secret society of brilliant immortals who pretend to divinity in order to exploit the masses. Knowing the truth, Zed sets out to reveal the hoax and destroy the Eternals’ unjust rule…

Sunday, July 3
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm
Tickets $10 advance HERE / $12 at the door
*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

ZARDOZ (John Boorman, 1974 / 105 mins / 18A) | In the future, Earth is ruled by Eternals, an advanced and secret sect of beings who reign over a savage group called Brutals. The Eternals have created a god named Zardoz to intimidate the Brutals, making them believe that killing is their natural state. However, Zed (Sean Connery), a Brutal warrior, challenges that assumption when he enters the Zardoz monument and is captured by an Eternal (Charlotte Rampling). There, he learns the truth about the Eternals and the false god that rules society.

The Amazing Nina Simone

Monday, July 4 at 6:30pm PDT

She was left out of Civil Rights history, erased by jazz critics, and forgotten by most Americans because no one knew how to categorize her greatness. But throughout the 1960s, Nina Simone was both loved and feared for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Her musical proclamations like Mississippi Goddam, and her iconic style gave voice to people of all colors facing oppression, and continues to empower today with its unrelenting appeal for justice.

Nina Simone is often mis-remembered for her fiery temper, scolding of audiences and her subsequent abrupt departure from the United States. THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE reveals the real Nina Simone through over 50 intimate interviews with those who best knew the artistry and intentions of one America’s true musical geniuses, offering new insights into her journey from classical music and the segregated American South. Nina’s legacy is chartered through her early disappointments, her education among Harlem’s intelligentsia, the creation of over 30 albums, navigating the many factions of the Civil Rights Movement, proclaiming her own unique identity through her style, fashion, and sexuality, and the battle with the untreated illness that consumed both her and her actions, following her journey all the way to the South of France and the place where she finally found freedom.

Through Nina’s friends, family, band members, lovers and fellow activists, we learn the true Nina, and the inspiration behind the songs that for 60 years have moved people to both tears and elation. Music that is pure and untouched by today’s electronics, and touches emotions of love, joy, despair, rage, and revenge – often reflecting the turbulent twists of the 1960s. President Barak Obama listed “Sinnerman” in his top 5 favorite songs, and whether re-mixed, re-sampled or in its pure form, Nina’s music can be heard in films, commercials, radio, and online throughout the world.

The film traces Nina’s roots from her upbringing in segregated North Carolina, when she was once Eunice Waymon, playing piano with a White piano teacher, her beloved Mrs. Mazzy. Destined to be a great Classical Pianist, Eunice’s journey is carefully documented as she experiences early disappointments navigating the Classical Music establishment, landing in an Atlantic City bar, where she develops her unique signature mix of layering folk, gospel, classical, pop and African music. Forced to sing or lose the job, she conceals from her religious mother that she is performing in a bar, and Nina Simone – a star – is born.

The film showcases Nina through her most influential period in the 1960s, but also the journey after the Civil Rights movement fades from the headlines. With the assassinations of friends and leaders, we chart Nina’s journey as she departs the United States, traveling through the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe, chased by an untreated illness that consumes both her and her actions. With the help of friends and fans, Nina eventually re-builds her career to perform again for a generation of fans eager to rekindle the optimism and love she once provided in the 1960s.

With this film, we get one step closer to understanding the woman who has given fans moments of pride, and opportunities to cry in solitude. We gain a deeper appreciation of Nina’s music, and an understanding of the events leading to their creation. We continue her fight for freedom for all people, and introduce younger audiences to the songs that inspired us. We help preserve and understand THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE.

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Monday, July 4
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm
Tickets $10 advance | $12 door

*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.

THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE (Jeff Lieberman, 2015 / 110 mins) With musical proclamations like Mississippi Goddam and an iconic style, Nina Simone was both loved and feared throughout the 1960s for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom. Today, Nina is more popular eleven years after her death than ever before. President Barack Obama listed 'Sinnerman' in his top 5 favorite songs, and whether re-mixed, re-sampled or in its pure form, Nina’s music continues to empower people around the world with its unrelenting appeal for justice. With new insights into her musical journey from Classical Music and the segregated South, the worlds of Jazz and Civil Rights, through her erratic behavior and self-exile, Nina’s legacy is chartered all the way to the place where she found freedom.

Jaws

Monday, July 4 at 9pm PDT

We’re gonna need a bigger screen.

Steven Spielberg’s original summer blockbuster, JAWS, has been terrorizing ocean lovers for over 40 years! Based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name, Spielberg’s JAWS forever changed the cinematic landscape, setting a whole new bar for mainstream horror. Masterfully directed with artful yet thrilling cinematography and a truly iconic score, JAWS retains its rightful place in movie history as a true classic four decades after its release. Best enjoyed on the big screen (if you dare!).

Join us for a prime time screening on Monday, July 4. All ages welcome in the balcony!

Monday, July 4
Doors 8:35 pm | Movie 9:00 pm

Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door
*All ages OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

JAWS (Steven Spielberg, 1975 / DCP / 124 mins / PG) | When an unusually large great white shark decides to terrorizes the inhabitants of Amity Island, three unlikely heroes – a police chief, a marine scientist, and a grizzled fisherman – set out to catch it. Starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, and Robert Shaw.

I Am the Blues

Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30pm PDT

A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, RL Boyce, Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes, Lil Buck Sinegal, LC Ulmer and their friends awaken the blues in all of us.

“Doesn’t romanticize or overcomprehend, choosing instead to concentrate on life’s non-choices.” (The Globe and Mail)

“I was quietly blown away by Daniel Cross‘ new documentary I Am the Blues, which follows the Montrealer on a quest through the southern U.S. to track down the last remaining ambassadors of the genre.” – Montreal Gazette

Tuesday, July 5
Doors 6:00 | Movie 6:30

Tickets $10 advance www.riotheatretickets.ca /$12 door
*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

I AM THE BLUES (Daniel Cross, 2016 / 106 mins / PG) A tour of the juke joints and other venues of the legendary Chitlin Circuit in the Mississippi Delta, including performances by aging blues musicians in their eighties who used to play the circuit.

The Lobster

Tuesday, July 5 at 9pm PDT

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (perhaps best known for his astounding, indelible arthouse hit DOGTOOTH) took home the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize for THE LOBSTER, an equally odd and wildly entertaining follow-up set In a similarly off-kilter dystopian society where single people (including Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, and John C. Reilly) must find mates within 45 days or risk being transformed into animals. Also starring Léa Seydoux and Ben Whishaw.


Tuesday, July 5
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm
Tickets $10 advance | $12 door

*Minors OK! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

"A wickedly funny protest against societal preference for nuclear coupledom that escalates, by its own sly logic, into a love story of profound tenderness and originality." - Variety

THE LOBSTER (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015 / 118 mins / PG) | In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Some Like it Hot

Wednesday, July 6 at 6:45pm PDT

"I wanna be loved by you,
Just you, nobody else but you.
I wanna be loved by you alo-o-one....
Boop boop e doo."

Join us at the Rio Theatre on July 6 for a "Black and White Wednesday" presentation of one of the true classics of Hollywood cinema, director Billy Wilder's iconic musical screwball comedy SOME LIKE IT HOT. Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis collectively shine in a film that, arguably, sees them each at the pinnacle of their respective careers (and that's saying a lot!) in this hilarious caper about mistaken identity, gender role-play, and the inescapable allure of ukeleles.

Wednesday, July 6

Tickets $10 advance | $12 door

Doors 6:00 | Movie 6:30

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

SOME LIKE IT HOT (Billy Wilder, 1959 / 120 mins / G) | When two struggling musicians witness a major mob hit, they flee Chicago and go on the lam. Disguised as women, they join a touring all-female band. Complications (and hilarity) set in when one of the men falls for one of his "fellow" female musicians, while a rich suitor falls for the other.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Wednesday, July 6 at 9:30pm PDT

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
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“That’s just what this country needs: A cock in a frock on a rock. “

Writer-director Stephan Elliot‘s glittering delight The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a road trip movie quite unlike any other, its story veering from hilarious, to sweet, tender, and even into occasional (hilarious) filth. A landmark film when it was released in 1994, it has since become both a cultural touchstone in the LGBTQ community and a mainstream cult-classic, its broad appeal appeal standing squarely on the shoulders of remarkable, standout performances from Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce. Set in Australia, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert follows three career drag queens who travel from Sydney to perform at a remote resort in the outback aboard their lavender bus, nicknamed “Priscilla.” The film is both eye and ear candy; underscored by a killer dance soundtrack with gorgeous cinematography capturing the magical beauty of the Australian landscape and the queens’ sparkling collection of drool-worthy outfits (that also garnered an Oscar for Best Costume).

Wednesday, July 6
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm

Tickets $10 in advance | $12 at the door
*Minors OK in balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Stephan Elliot, 1994 / 104 mins / 18A) | Three drag queens travel across the Australian outback, making friends (and some foes) along the way.

The Wtiness

Friday, July 8 at 6:30pm PDT

In 1964, Kitty Genovese became synonymous with urban apathy after news that she was stabbed to death on a New York City street while 38 witnesses did nothing.

Forty years later, her brother decides to find the truth. He uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city and defined an era.

James D. Solomon‘s acclaimed new documentary THE WITNESS is a deeply moving, intense, and riveting film about the decades-long trauma left in the wake of Kitty Genovese’s 1964 murder, which left an indelible mark on her family, friends, and the culture of New York City.

“…seamless.” (New York Times Critics’ Pick)

“… unites drama, journalism, and first-hand experience in a masterstroke of pure cinema.” (The New Yorker)

“THE WITNESS paints a picture of a complicated, magnetic woman tragically cut down in her prime.” (Vogue)

“With its film-noirish feel and deeply personal angle, the film flows in a way that is reminiscent of Chinatown… It’s like a visualized, yet more deeply personal Serial. (Vice)

*Additional showtimes TBD

Friday, July 8
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm
Tickets $10 advance | $12 door

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Saturday, July 9
Doors 4:00 pm | Movie 4:30 pm
Tickets $10 advance | $12 door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

THE WITNESS (James D. Solomon, 2016 / 86 mins / 18A) The name ‘Kitty Genovese’ became synonymous with apathy after news that she was stabbed to death while 38 witnesses stood by and did nothing. Fifty years later, her brother uncovers a lie that transformed his life, condemned a city and defined an era.

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Friday, July 8 at 8:45pm PDT

"Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"

Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter star in director Franklin J. Schaffner's 1968 sci-fi classic PLANET OF THE APES, adapted by Rod Serling ('The Twilight Zone') and Michael Wilson from Pierre Boule's novel 'La Planète des Singes.' PLANET OF THE APES had a huge social and cultural impact upon its release and in the decades following, winning an Academy Award (for John Chambers' groundbreaking, convincing simian prosthetic work) and spawning several sequels, two television series, and even a franchise reboot. Though the camp factor is totally undeniable, the film manages to hold sway by virtue of a compelling story that's self-aware enough to be as funny as it is dramatic, its thought-provoking questions about humanity, modern society, and culture as relevant in 2016 as ever.

In one of his best-known performances, Charlton Heston is George Taylor, one of several astronauts on a long, long space mission whose spaceship crash-lands on a remote planet that seems to be devoid of intelligent life. Taylor soon learns that he is not alone, and that the planet is ruled by a highly intelligent race of talking, thinking, reasoning apes who hold court over a multilayered, civilization as politically complex as the one he came from. Adding to the overall strangeness of the alien planet is that it is the human beings who are the grunting, inarticulate primates that live their lives confined to cages. When ape leader Dr. Zaius (Maurice Evans) discovers that the captive Taylor has the power of speech, he reacts in horror and insists that the astronaut be killed while sympathetic ape scientists Cornelius (Roddy McDowell) and Dr. Zira (Kim Hunter) risk their lives to protect him.

Friday, July 8
Doors 8:15 pm | Movie 8:45 pm
Tickets $10 advance | $12 door
*All ages welcome in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968 / 112 mins / G) | Complex sociological themes run through this science-fiction classic about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are imprisoned in pens. The stunned trio soon discover that these highly intellectual simians can not only walk upright and talk, but that they even have an established, complex class system and political structure as defined as the one on Earth. Things go even more awry when one of the ape leaders learn that these "foreign humans" are intelligent, and therefor a threat.

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