Open Bethlehem (Director in Attendance!)

Monday, September 26 at 6:30pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Monday, September 26 for a very special screening of director Leila Sansour's acclaimed documentary OPEN BETHLEHEM, which follows the Palestinian filmmaker's extraordinary journey to the legendary city of Bethlehem, the place where she grew up. Armed with a camera and a family car that keeps breaking down, she sets out to make an intimate portrait of a historical town in peril. Five years on, with 700 hours of footage, the result is nothing like she had expected.

Filmmaker Leila Sansour will be in attendance for the screening, and will participate in a Q&A following the film. The discussion will be be moderated by journalist and author Hadani Ditmars, the author of 'Dancing in the No Fly Zone' and the upcoming 'Between Two Rivers: a Journey Through the Ancient Heart of Iraq' and first interviewed Leila Sansour for a CBC Dispatches documentary on Christians in the holy land.

Guests welcome to arrive early for a pre-screening reception in the lobby of the Rio Theatre.

Monday, September 26
Doors / Reception 5:30 pm | Movie 6:30 pm

Tickets $13 advance | $15 door
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Sorry, Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.

"Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. She left the city as a teenager thinking that Bethlehem was too small and provincial. She never wanted to return but this time she is making an exception. She intends her film to be a tribute to her late father, founder of Bethlehem University, and a man regarded as a hero by his town’s folk. As Bethlehem approaches ruin her decision to flee this sleepy town, taken much to her father’s regret, comes to haunt her.

Armed with her camera and a dilapidated family car that keeps breaking down, Leila plans to make an epic film about a legendary town in crisis but just few months into filming her life and the film take an unexpected turn when cousin Carol, Leila’s last relative in town, persuades her to stay to start a campaign to save the city.

As the pair launch OPEN BETHLEHEM Leila finds herself trapped behind a wall in the very place she so much wanted to leave. The face of Bethlehem is changing rapidly with potentially detrimental con sequences. Reports predict that if trends continue the Christian community of Bethlehem, a city that provides a model for a multi faith Middle East, may be unsustainable within one generation. Leila’s plan to stay a year stretches to seven, and is only resolved when she realizes that, sometimes, the biggest dreams take flight from the smallest places.

OPEN BETHLEHEM is a story of a homecoming to the world’s most famous little town. The film spans seven momentous years in the life of Bethlehem, revealing a city of astonishing beauty and political strife under occupation. The film draws from 700 hours of original footage and some rare archive material. In fact the making of this film has led to the creation of the largest visual archive of Bethlehem in the world and plans are currently being discussed with University College London (UCL) to turn the collection into a museum.

While telling a personal story, the film charts the creation of a campaign to compel international action to bring peace to the Middle East. As the credits roll, there is snow over Bethlehem. Leila has stayed long enough to realize that she is home for good and her battered little family car takes to the sky. Sometimes, if you want to fight for a better world, you may have to work miracles!"

For The Love Of Spock

Monday, September 26 at 9:30pm PDT

Director Adam Nimoy takes a heartfelt look at the enduring legacy of his late father Leonard Nimoy, whose iconic portrayal of Mr. Spock on Star Trek made him a household name in the world of Geekdom... and beyond. Featuring interviews with William Shatner, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and others.

Said director Adam Nimoy: "Last year, just before Thanksgiving, I approached my dad, Leonard Nimoy, about the possibility of working together on a film about Mr. Spock. I had skimmed through some of the books on the making of Star Trek and felt there was so much more to explore about the creation and development of Mr. Spock. And the timing seemed right, as the 50th anniversary of Star Trek the original series was not that far away. Dad agreed that now was the right time, and that he was 100% committed to collaborating with me on this project. He also reminded me that we were (then) just days away from the 50th anniversary of the start of production on "The Cage," the original pilot for Star Trek in which dad first appeared as Mr. Spock."

"This film nimbly straddles biography and "Trek" valentine (Adam is a longtime television director), but also recounts the fraught if ultimately devoted ties between Adam and Leonard." (The New York Times)

"Adam Nimoy ... has freely allowed his love and admiration to permeate every frame of this richly rewarding tribute." (LA Times)

Monday, September 26
Doors 9:00 | Movie 9:30 pm

Tickets $10 advance/ $12 at the door

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

FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK (Adam Nimoy, 2016 / 111 mins / PG) A documentary film about the life of Star Trek's Mr. Spock as well as that of Leonard Nimoy, the actor who portrayed him for almost fifty years, written and directed by his son.

Live at the Rio: Chilliwack The Trio & Jim Byrnes, a Chris Meister Benefit

Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30pm PDT

An evening of excellent live music featuring:
-Chilliwack The Trio
-Jim Byrnes
-The Lyin Bastards
-Todd Rochard
-Ken McKay
-Rocket Science
-Biscuits and Gravy
-Hip Pocket
-The Fins
plus Special Guests.

This event, and silent auction, is in support of Chris Meister in his time of need.

Chris has been playing drums professionally since he mid 70's. Since then he has been the backbone of many bands-Medd and Shaw,Nick Danger,The Fins, Ted Okos,The Blenders,Rick Tippee,Joe Fernandes,Rocket Science,Todd Richard,Ken McKoy and many others. Chris has been in demand in the studio as well,laying down countless grooves for many recording projects over the years. His dedication and easy going nature make him a pleasure to work with. Chris is currently fighting cancer and needs our help. This benefit concert features a stellar lineup,tickets are 25 dollars or by donation. Please come out in support.

Doors at 6:30, Show at 7:30

Tickets $25, 19+

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

Wednesday, September 28 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, Sept 28th.

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.

Wednesday, Sept 28
Doors 7:00 | Show 8:00
Advance Tickets $10/ $12 at the door
19+ only. 2 pieces of ID required.

No Groupons or passes accepted for this show

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!

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

Casper

Friday, October 21 at 11:55pm PDT

“Get an afterlife.”

Get into the spirit of things this October at the Rio Theatre with our only Friday Late Night Movie this Halloween season, CASPER. Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci star in this star-studded 90s-kid staple about a paranormal expert and his daughter who bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. Also starring Eric Idle, Cathy Moriarty, and Devon Sawa.

Friday, October 21
Doors 11:30 pm | Movie 11:55 pm
Tickets $8 advance | $10 door

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

CASPER (Brad Silberling, 1995 / 100 mins / PG) Furious that her late father only willed her his gloomy-looking mansion rather than his millions, Carrigan Crittenden is ready to burn the place to the ground when she discovers a map to a treasure hidden in the house. But when she enters the rickety mansion to seek her claim, she is frightened away by a wicked wave of ghosts. Determined to get her hands on this hidden fortune, she hires afterlife therapist Dr. James Harvey to exorcise the ghosts from the mansion. Harvey and his daughter Kat move in, and soon Kat meets Casper, the ghost of a young boy who’s “the friendliest ghost you know.” But not so friendly are Casper’s uncles–Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie–who are determined to drive all “fleshies” away.

The Fourth Annual East Van Opry

Saturday, October 22 at 8pm PDT

The Fourth Annual East Van Opry at the Rio Theatre returns on Saturday, October 22 for another night featuring some of Vancouver’s best roots and country music. It’s a memorable event with an eclectic mix of southern traditional… And a little East Van style.

Info on the final lineup will be available soon, so stay tuned.

(This event sells out. Every year! Advance tickets highly recommended.)

Saturday October 22, 2016
Doors at 7:00 pm | Showtime 8:00 pm

Tickets 24$ in advance HERE | 28$ at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service. Sorry, Groupons and passes are not accepted for this event.

Hard copy tickets will also be available via these fine retailers:
RedCat Records
Highlife Records
Neptoon Records
Zulu Records

Young Frankenstein

Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm PDT

“The scariest comedy of all time!”

Mel Brooks’ comic masterpiece YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (“it’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen'”) is gonna be puttin’ on the ritz all over our big screen, just in time for Halloween! In this spoof of Mary Shelley’s gothic literary tale, the grandson of Victor Frankenstein (a neurosurgeon) has spent his life living down the legend of his grandfather – even changing the pronunciation of his name. When he discovers his grandfather’s diary, he begins to feel differently, and returns to the family castle to satisfy his curiosity by replicating his ancestor’s experiments. In the process, he creates one very unique monster. Featuring an all-star cast including the one and only Gene Wilder (in one of his best-ever performances), Madeline Kahn, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, and Cloris Leachman.

“Gene Wilder’s hysteria seems perfectly natural. You never question what’s driving him to it; his fits are lucid and total. They take him into a different dimension — he delivers what Harpo promised.” (The New Yorker)

Tuesday, October 25
Doors 6:30 pm | Movie 7:00pm

Advance tickets $10 | $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.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Mel Brooks, 1974 / 106 mins / PG) | A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, Frau Blucher. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather was delusional, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind…

The Gentlmen Hecklers Present: Predator (1987)

Tuesday, October 25 at 9:30pm PDT

The Gentlemen Hecklers return to the Rio Theatre on Tuesday, October 25 with one of the 80s biggest and baddest (in a good way) sci-fi action horror thrillers (it really does have everything), PREDATOR. In John McTiernan's classic, Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as soldier of fortune Dutch, who is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, which includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura!) and CIA agent George (Carl Weathers!), land in Central America, something is, well... Wrong. After finding a string of dead bodies, the team intrepid commandos discover that the hunters have become the hunted.

Let The Gentlemen Hecklers provide you with their unique brand of live, hilarious commentary - for the best cheesy movies! Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart are Vancouver’s masters of movie riffing, making so-bad-they’re-good movies even better by talking you through them.

Tuesday, October 25
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm

Advance tickets $10 | $12 at the door
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Sorry, Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.

PREDATOR (John McTiernan, 1987 / 107 mins / 18A) Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the forest, taking trophies from the bodies of its victims as it goes along. Occasionally seeing through its eyes, the audience sees it is an intelligent alien hunter, hunting them for sport, killing them off one at a time.

The Critical Hit Show: A #DNDLive Comedy Spooktacular!

Wednesday, October 26 at 8pm PDT

The live, smash hit epic comedy returns for another round of monthly medieval merriment - and this time, there's a distinctly Halloween twist... It’s the Critical Hit Show: A #DNDLive Comedy Spooktacular!

Join Vancouver’s best comedic performers at The Rio Theatre on Wednesday, October 26.

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.

Wednesday, October 26
Doors 7:00 | Show 8:00

Advance Tickets $10 | $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Sorry, no Groupons or passes accepted for this show.

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!

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

Geekenders Present 'The Rocky Horror Show' by Richard O'Brien

Thursday, October 27 at 8pm PDT

On June 16, 1973, director Jim Sharman debuted a musical that would warp time, space, and sweet transvestites for ever... THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Written for the stage by Richard O'Brien (who would later play Riff Raff in the sensational cult-movie adapatation, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), the original live stage version of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is getting the Geekenders' treatment at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, October 27 - Saturday, October 29.

As always, audience participation is encouraged - feel free to dress in costume and yes, prop bags will be available for purchase in the lobby. This deliberately kitschy, rock 'n' roll, gothic sci-fi parody will be more fun than you've ever seen it when it's performed live, on stage, by Vancouver's favourite nerdlesque troupe.

Doors open an hour before show

Tickets $20 in advance / $25 at the door

*All-ages permitted in the balcony on Thursday, October 27 ONLY. Suitable for ages 14+.
*Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

CAST

Frank - Seth Little
Janet - Patrice Bowler
Brad - Tyler Richardson
Riff Raff - Graeme Thompson
Magenta - Kyrst Hogan
Columbia - Erin Walker
Rocky - Zac Beardsley
Eddie/Dr. Scott - Ross Foster
Narrator - Doug Thoms
Usherette - Cass King
Phantoms - Lauren Trotzuk, Jesse Alvarez, Lucia Forward, Stephen Blakley, Lisa Ricketts, Levi Schneider

Director/Choreography - Fairlith Harvey
Assistant Choreographer - Taegan Mohle
Music/Vocal Director - Patrick Courtin
Costume Design - Shayan Naziripour
Lighting Design - Ciara O'Donnell
Stage Manager - Arity Dickerson-Monk
ASM - Taegan Mohle

'The Rocky Horror Show' is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

Geekenders Present 'The Rocky Horror Show' by Richard O'Brien

Friday, October 28 at 8pm PDT

On June 16, 1973, director Jim Sharman debuted a musical that would warp time, space, and sweet transvestites for ever... THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Written for the stage by Richard O'Brien (who would later play Riff Raff in the sensational cult-movie adapatation, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), the original live stage version of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is getting the Geekenders' treatment at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, October 27 - Saturday, October 29.

As always, audience participation is encouraged - feel free to dress in costume and yes, prop bags will be available for purchase in the lobby. This deliberately kitschy, rock 'n' roll, gothic sci-fi parody will be more fun than you've ever seen it when it's performed live, on stage, by Vancouver's favourite nerdlesque troupe.

Doors open an hour before show

Tickets $20 in advance / $25 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Sorry, no Groupons or passes accepted for any live show

CAST

Frank - Seth Little
Janet - Patrice Bowler
Brad - Tyler Richardson
Riff Raff - Graeme Thompson
Magenta - Kyrst Hogan
Columbia - Erin Walker
Rocky - Zac Beardsley
Eddie/Dr. Scott - Ross Foster
Narrator - Doug Thoms
Usherette - Cass King
Phantoms - Lauren Trotzuk, Jesse Alvarez, Lucia Forward, Stephen Blakley, Lisa Ricketts, Levi Schneider

Director/Choreography - Fairlith Harvey
Assistant Choreographer - Taegan Mohle
Music/Vocal Director - Patrick Courtin
Costume Design - Shayan Naziripour
Lighting Design - Ciara O'Donnell
Stage Manager - Arity Dickerson-Monk
ASM - Taegan Mohle

'The Rocky Horror Show' is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

Geekenders Present 'The Rocky Horror Show' by Richard O'Brien

Friday, October 28 at 11:59pm PDT

On June 16, 1973, director Jim Sharman debuted a musical that would warp time, space, and sweet transvestites for ever... THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Written for the stage by Richard O'Brien (who would later play Riff Raff in the sensational cult-movie adapatation, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), the original live stage version of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is getting the Geekenders' treatment at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, October 27 - Saturday, October 29.

As always, audience participation is encouraged - feel free to dress in costume and yes, prop bags will be available for purchase in the lobby. This deliberately kitschy, rock 'n' roll, gothic sci-fi parody will be more fun than you've ever seen it when it's performed live, on stage, by Vancouver's favourite nerdlesque troupe.

Doors open an hour before show

Tickets $20 in advance / $25 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Sorry, no Groupons or passes accepted for any live show

CAST

Frank - Seth Little
Janet - Patrice Bowler
Brad - Tyler Richardson
Riff Raff - Graeme Thompson
Magenta - Kyrst Hogan
Columbia - Erin Walker
Rocky - Zac Beardsley
Eddie/Dr. Scott - Ross Foster
Narrator - Doug Thoms
Usherette - Cass King
Phantoms - Lauren Trotzuk, Jesse Alvarez, Lucia Forward, Stephen Blakley, Lisa Ricketts, Levi Schneider

Director/Choreography - Fairlith Harvey
Assistant Choreographer - Taegan Mohle
Music/Vocal Director - Patrick Courtin
Costume Design - Shayan Naziripour
Lighting Design - Ciara O'Donnell
Stage Manager - Arity Dickerson-Monk
ASM - Taegan Mohle

'The Rocky Horror Show' is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

Ghostbusters (1984) Halloween Quote-a-long and Screening Party

Saturday, October 29 at 5:45pm PDT

"I've been slimed!"

Get ready to quote along to your favourite 80s horror comedy, GHOSTBUSTERS! In addition to costumes, trivia, prop bags, and some very special guests...

Saturday, October 29
Doors 10:30 pm

Party starts at 11:00 pm
Movie starts at 11:30 pm (*ish)

Tickets $15 advance | $18 door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service. (If there are minors in your party, please make sure you buy the appropriate "balcony seating" ticket for this event.)
**Sorry, Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.

More details coming soon!

Geekenders Present 'The Rocky Horror Show' by Richard O'Brien

Saturday, October 29 at 8pm PDT

On June 16, 1973, director Jim Sharman debuted a musical that would warp time, space, and sweet transvestites for ever... THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Written for the stage by Richard O'Brien (who would later play Riff Raff in the sensational cult-movie adapatation, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW), the original live stage version of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is getting the Geekenders' treatment at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, October 27 - Saturday, October 29.

As always, audience participation is encouraged - feel free to dress in costume and yes, prop bags will be available for purchase in the lobby. This deliberately kitschy, rock 'n' roll, gothic sci-fi parody will be more fun than you've ever seen it when it's performed live, on stage, by Vancouver's favourite nerdlesque troupe.

Doors open an hour before show

Tickets $20 in advance / $25 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Sorry, no Groupons or passes accepted for any live show

CAST

Frank - Seth Little
Janet - Patrice Bowler
Brad - Tyler Richardson
Riff Raff - Graeme Thompson
Magenta - Kyrst Hogan
Columbia - Erin Walker
Rocky - Zac Beardsley
Eddie/Dr. Scott - Ross Foster
Narrator - Doug Thoms
Usherette - Cass King
Phantoms - Lauren Trotzuk, Jesse Alvarez, Lucia Forward, Stephen Blakley, Lisa Ricketts, Levi Schneider

Director/Choreography - Fairlith Harvey
Assistant Choreographer - Taegan Mohle
Music/Vocal Director - Patrick Courtin
Costume Design - Shayan Naziripour
Lighting Design - Ciara O'Donnell
Stage Manager - Arity Dickerson-Monk
ASM - Taegan Mohle

'The Rocky Horror Show' is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

Blood Lions (Director in Attendance!)

Sunday, October 30 at 12:30pm PDT

Join us at the Rio Theatre for the Canadian Premiere of directors Bruce Young and Nick Chevallier‘s acclaimed feature documentary BLOOD LIONS, which follows acclaimed environmental journalist and safari operator Ian Michler and Rick Swazey, an American hunter, on their journey to uncover the realities about the multi-million dollar predator breeding and canned lion hunting industries in South Africa.

BLOOD LIONS effectively blows the lid off claims made by these operators who attempt to justify what they do. Last year alone, over 800 captive lions were shot in South Africa, mostly by wealthy international hunters under conditions that are anything but sporting. Ian has been following this story since 1999, and he goes onto the breeding farms to witness the impacts that decades of intensive breeding is having on the captive lions and other predators. Aggressive farmers and most within the professional hunting community resent his questioning, but the highly profitable commercialization of lions is plain to see – cub petting, volunteer recruitment, lion walking, canned hunting, trading and the new lion bone trade are on the increase. And all are being justified under the guise of conservation, research and education. In a parallel story, the film follows Rick, as he purchases a lion online from his home in Hawaii, before traveling to South Africa to trace the path that the canned hunters do. The film also features interviews with those involved in the various echelons within the industry, including trophy hunters, operators, and breeders as well as recognized lion ecologists, conservationists and animal welfare experts. BLOOD LIONS shows in intimate detail how lucrative it is to breed lions, and how the authorities and most professional hunting and tourism bodies have become complicit in allowing the industries to flourish. Blood Lions is a compelling call to action and shows how you can get involved in a global campaign to stop lions being bred for the bullet.

Director Bruce Young will be joining us in person for the screening, and will participate in a Q&A and panel discussion to follow.

Sunday, October 30
Doors 12:00 pm | Movie 12:30 pm

Tickets $14 advance | $18 door
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry.
**Sorry, no Groupons or passes accepted for this screening.

BLOOD LIONS (Bruce Young & Nick Chevallier, 2015 / 84 mins) Every single day in South Africa at least two to three captive bred or tame lions are being killed in canned hunts, and hundreds more are slaughtered annually for the lion bone trade. BLOOD LIONS is a feature length documentary that is a compelling call to action to have these practices stopped, by blowing the lid off claims made by the predator breeding and canned hunting industries.

The Witches

Sunday, October 30 at 4pm PDT

While staying at a hotel in England with his grandmother, Helga (Mai Zetterling), young Luke (Jasen Fisher) inadvertently spies on a convention of witches. The Grand High Witch (Anjelica Huston) reveals a plan to turn all children into mice through a magical formula. When they find that Luke has overheard, the witches test the formula on him. Now, with the help of Helga and the hotel manager, Mr. Stringer (Rowan Atkinson), Luke the mouse must fight back against the witches.

“With a deliciously wicked performance from Angelica Huston and imaginative puppetry by Jim Henson’s creature shop, Nicolas Roeg’s dark and witty movie captures the spirit of Roald Dahl’s writing like few other adaptations.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“It’s not a film for small children. But for precocious first-graders with a warped sense of humor and an appetite for chills, thrills and spills, nothing could be better.” (Seattle Times)

“Filled with grotesque witches and mouse stunts, this is a wild fantasy for both children and adults. Harry Potter was never like this.” (Film4)

THE WITCHES
Doors 3:30 pm | Movie 4:00 pm

THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm

ROSEMARY’S BABY
Doors 8:00pm | Movie 8:30 pm

Single film ticket $10 advance | $12 door

Why not make it a triple feature and see all three Halloween favourites?!

Triple bill ticket $15 advance | $18 door
*Please note: Online triple bill ticket sales end at 3:00 pm. Tickets for all shows available at the door.

*Minors OK in the balcony! (Please note that ROSEMARY’S BABY is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK for any single film. Please redeem at the door.

THE WITCHES (Nicolas Roeg, 1990 / 91 mins / PG) A young boy named Luke and his grandmother go on vacation only to discover their hotel is hosting an international witch convention, where the Grand High Witch is unveiling her master plan to turn all children into mice. Will Luke fall victim to the witches’ plot before he can stop them?

The Addams Family

Sunday, October 30 at 6:15pm PDT

Barry Sonnenfeld's film adaptation of THE ADDAMS FAMILY re-introduced the creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky, and altogether ooky TV family to a new generation in the 1990s, thanks in large part to some eerily perfect casting and fantastic onscreen chemistry (Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia as Morticia and Gomez? Amazing!).

In this take, the eccentric lifestyle of the Addams family is threatened when the family attorney and a greedy mother/son team conspire to steal the family fortune. When a man (Christopher Lloyd) claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at their home the family is thrilled. However, Morticia begins to suspect the man is a fraud since he cannot recall details of Fester's life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford (Dan Hedaya), Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester. Also starring Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm

Single film ticket $10 advance | $12 door

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

THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1991 / 99 mins / PG) Uncle Fester has been missing for 25 years. An evil doctor finds out and introduces a fake Fester in an attempt to get the Adams Family's money. The youngest daughter has some doubts about the new uncle Fester, but the fake uncle adapts very well to the strange family. Can the doctor carry out her evil plans and take over the Adams Family's fortune?

Rosemary's Baby

Sunday, October 30 at 8:30pm PDT

Adapted from Ira Levin's bestselling novel ROSEMARY'S BABY, director Roman Polanski's 1968 adaptation elevated what could have been a B-movie into what remains an indisputable classic within the pantheon of American horror. In what is, ostensibly, a cautionary tale about pregnancy, Mia Farrow stars as the psychologically terrorized title character whose struggling actor husband (John Cassavetes) befriends the strange, unusually pushy neighbours (including the wonderful Ruth Gordon, in her Oscar-winning performance) in their ominous new uptown apartment building.

"A frightening tale of satanism and pregnancy that is even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon." (Rotten Tomatoes)

"Weird obstetricians, mysterious night noises and even Farrow's improvised stroll into actual oncoming traffic add up to a bustling nightmare that's spawned many a Black Swan since." (Time Out)

"Right to its bitter end, there is no escaping "Rosemary's Baby." On film Ira Levin's best selling novel is as horribly frightening as it was on paper." (New York Daily News)

THE WITCHES
Doors 3:30 pm | Movie 4:00 pm

THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm

ROSEMARY'S BABY
Doors 8:00pm | Movie 8:30 pm

Single ROSEMARY'S BABY film ticket $10 advance | $12 door

*Minors OK in the balcony! (Please note that ROSEMARY'S BABY is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK for any single film. Please redeem at the door.

ROSEMARY'S BABY (Roman Polanski, 1968 / 136 mins / 18A) A young couple moves into Manhattan's infamous Dakota apartment building to start a family. Things become frightening when Rosemary begins to suspect her unborn baby isn't safe around their strange neighbors.

Beetlejuice (With or Without Double Feature Option)

Monday, October 31 at 6:30pm PDT

“It’s showtime.”

Yes, it’s happening! Catch Tim Burton’s classic BEETLEJUICE the way it was meant to be seen – on the big screen and on Halloween! (Say it three times… We dare you!)

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

“Brilliantly bizarre and overflowing with ideas, Beetlejuice offers some of Michael Keaton’s most deliciously manic work – and creepy, funny fun for the whole family.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“Tim Burton’s imagination jumped into the saddle and held onto the bridle with Beetlejuice.” (Slant Magazine)

“The joy of Beetlejuice is its completely bizarre — but perfectly realized — view of the world.” (Washington Post)

**Costume contest alert! It’s Halloween, so let your freak flag fly and maybe win some prizes (not to mention glory, fame, and eternal bragging rights!)**

BEETLEJUICE
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm
Single BEETLEJUICE film tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door

Why not make it a Halloween Double Feature?!

THE EXORCIST: The Director’s Cut
Movie 8:30 pm

BEETLEJUICE + THE EXORCIST: The Director’s Cut
Double Feature tickets $13 advance | $15 at the door
(Please note online ticket sales for the double bill will end at 5:30 pm.)

*All ages welcome in the balcony! (Please note that THE EXORCIST: The Director’s Cut is rated 18A. If you plan on attending and are a minor, or there are minors in your party, please be sure to purchase the appropriate balcony ticket/s.)
**Groupons and passes good for any single film only. Please redeem at the door.

BEETLEJUICE (Tim Burton, 1988 / 92 mins / PG) | Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple (Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin) end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and their moody daughter (Winona Ryder). In desperation, the undead newlyweds turn to an expert frightmeister (Michael Keaton), but he’s got a diabolical agenda of his own.

THE EXORCIST: The Director's Cut (William Friedkin, 2010 / 132 mins / 18A) 12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.

The Exorcist

Monday, October 31 at 8:30pm PDT

"The power of Christ compels you!"

Four decades after its release, director William Friedkin's supernatural horror classic THE EXORCIST still remains one of the most frightening films ever made. Based on the hugely popular novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty (who also wrote the screenplay), the film was both a massive commercial and critical success, garnering an impressive ten Academy Award nominations (including one for Best Picture). As terrifying today as it was upon its release in 1973, Friedkin's hugely influential movie remains one of the most profitable horror movies (though he prefers you not call it a “horror film,” but rather, a “theological thriller”) ever made. The enduring popularity of THE EXORCIST makes it one of the Rio Theatre's most requested titles, and a divine choice for a Halloween screening!

Based loosely on actual events, the story follows 12 year-old Regan (Linda Blair, in a breakout performance), whose increasingly odd behaviour goes beyond what one would normally expect from a pubescent young woman (levitating, speaking in tongues). When her fraught mother (Ellen Burstyn) hits a dead end after seeking medical help, she turns to the Church. A local priest (Jason Miller), is convinced Regan is under the devil's control, and makes a request to perform an exorcism with the help of one of their more experienced experts (a perfectly cast Max von Sydow).

*Please note: We will be screening THE EXORCIST: The Director's Cut (2010), which contains several minutes of footage not included in the 1973 theatrical release.

"The movie that launched a new era in horror films, and which, for one generation, remains one of the scariest experiences of their lives." (New York Daily News)

"The film is a triumph of special effects. Never for a moment--not when the little girl is possessed by the most disgusting of spirits, not when the bed is banging and the furniture flying and the vomit is welling out--are we less than convinced. The film contains brutal shocks, almost indescribable obscenities. That it received an R rating and not the X is stupefying." (Roger Ebert)

THE EXORCIST: The Director's Cut
Movie 8:30 pm

Single tickets $10 advance | $12 at the door

*All ages welcome in the balcony! (Please note that THE EXORCIST: The Director's Cut is rated 18A. If you plan on attending and are a minor, or there are minors in your party, please be sure to purchase the appropriate balcony ticket/s.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Groupons and passes good for any single film only. Please redeem at the door.

THE EXORCIST: The Director's Cut (William Friedkin, 2010 / 132 mins / 18A) 12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.

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