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

Wednesday, July 29 at 8pm

The live, smash hit epic comedy returns for more medieval merriment on Wednesday, July 29 …

Join Vancouver’s best comedic performers at The Rio Theatre as they quest for glory and snacks in this live, improvised spectacular inspired by the world’s most popular role playing game! For two years, The Critical Hit Show has been playing to massive audiences month after month, and the epic adventure continues! And 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 Edda, the Elf Barbarian
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, July 29
Doors 7:00 / Show 8:00
Advance Tickets $10 here/ $12 at the door
19+ only with bar service; 2 pieces of ID required.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Thursday, July 30 at 6:45pm

Australian director George Miller has managed to reboot his own iconic MAD MAX franchise with the triumphant release of the universally acclaimed FURY ROAD, which is set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of Summer 2015. Tom Hardy stars as the titular “Mad” Max Rockatansky alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Hugh Keays-Byrne in this wildly imaginative and visually stunning post-apocalyptic dystopian desert fantasy.

Sunday July 26, 6:45pm
Monday July 27, 6:45pm
Tuesday July 28, 6:45pm (cheap date Tuesday: tickets only at the door for $6 !)
Thursday July 30, 6:45pm

Tickets $8 in advance/ $10 at the door

(Please note: All screenings in 2D)

Doors open half hour before the movie
*Additional dates TBD. Stay tuned for more info!
**Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service, all ages in balcony.

Groupons accepted at the Box Office only on the night of the event for single tickets.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (George Miller, 2015 / DCP / 115 mins ) Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside the desert fortress the Citadel. When the warrior Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) leads the despot’s five wives in a daring escape, she forges an alliance with Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), a loner and former captive. Fortified in the massive, armored truck the War Rig, they try to outrun the ruthless warlord’s henchmen in a high-speed, deadly chase through the Wasteland.

Magic Mike XXL

Thursday, July 30 at 9:15pm

Join us at the Rio Theatre for some seriously studly summer cinema with MAGIC MIKE XXL. Channing Tatum stars in the follow-up to 2012’s box office smash MAGIC MIKE, which also sees Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer returning to the party.

MAGIC MIKE XXL (July 25 – July 31)
Saturday, July 25, 7pm
Sunday July 26, 9:15pm
Monday July 27, 9:15pm
Tuesday July 28, 9:15pm (cheap date Tuesday!)
Thursday July 30, 9:15pm
Friday July 31, 7pm
Tickets $8 advance / $10 door

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for FULL BAR SERVICE.
**Groupons and passes OK for any single screening.

MAGIC MIKE XXL (Gregory Jacobs, 2015 / 115mins / DCP / 14 A) Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.

By day, Mike (Channing Tatum) makes ends meet any way he can — handyman jobs, detailing cars or designing furniture. But nighttime is when Mike really gets to display his many talents: He’s the hot headliner in an all-male revue. Mike sees potential in a 19-year-old he dubs the Kid (Alex Pettyfer), takes the teen under his wing and instructs him in the tricks of the trade. However, Mike learns there’s a downside to the stripper lifestyle when it threatens his romance with the Kid’s sister

Magic Mike XXL

Friday, July 31 at 7pm

Join us at the Rio Theatre for some seriously studly summer cinema with MAGIC MIKE XXL. Channing Tatum stars in the follow-up to 2012’s box office smash MAGIC MIKE, which also sees Joe Manganiello and Matt Bomer returning to the party.

MAGIC MIKE XXL (July 25 – July 31)
Saturday, July 25, 7pm
Sunday July 26, 9:15pm
Monday July 27, 9:15pm
Tuesday July 28, 9:15pm (cheap date Tuesday!)
Thursday July 30, 9:15pm
Friday July 31, 7pm
Tickets $8 advance / $10 door

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for FULL BAR SERVICE.
**Groupons and passes OK for any single screening.

MAGIC MIKE XXL (Gregory Jacobs, 2015 / 115mins / DCP / 14 A) Three years after Mike bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance.

By day, Mike (Channing Tatum) makes ends meet any way he can — handyman jobs, detailing cars or designing furniture. But nighttime is when Mike really gets to display his many talents: He’s the hot headliner in an all-male revue. Mike sees potential in a 19-year-old he dubs the Kid (Alex Pettyfer), takes the teen under his wing and instructs him in the tricks of the trade. However, Mike learns there’s a downside to the stripper lifestyle when it threatens his romance with the Kid’s sister

DUMB & DUMBER + BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA Double Bill

Friday, July 31 at 9:15pm

"We're never gonna score!"

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a Friday night double feature that pairs... two pairs of not-so-smart guys (in blockbuster 90's-era comedies!) who find themselves on road trips across America. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star in Peter and Bobby Farrelly's DUMB & DUMBER followed by our Friday Late Night Movie, BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA.

DUMB & DUMBER (PG) Doors 8:45 | Movie 9:15
$8 advance / $10 door

BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA (PG) Friday Late Night Movie! | Movie 11:30

$6 advance / $8 door
*See both for $12 advance / $14 door!

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

DUMB & DUMBER (Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly, 1994 / Blu Ray, 107 mins) | Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels star as two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends who find themselves on a cross-country road trip that goes awry, in the first comedy blockbuster from brothers Peter and Bobby Farrelly. Also starring Lauren Holly, Mike Starr, Karen Duffy and Victoria Rowell.

BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA (Mike Judge, 1996 / 81 mins, Blu Ray) | Following the enormous success of MTV's animated series BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD, director Mike Judge (who created the series and provided many of the voices, including those of our two slacker heroes) made a feature length film that follows the dimwitted teens on a road trip across America in search of their stolen television set. Featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Cloris Leachman, Robert Stack, Eric Bogosian, David Spade, David Letterman, and Greg Kinnear.

The Running Man (1987)

Friday, August 7 at 11:30pm

Join us at the Rio Theatre for our Friday Late Night Movie THE RUNNING MAN.

Friday, August 7
Doors 11:00 | Movie 11:30
Tickets $6 in advance or $8 at the door

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

THE RUNNING MAN (Paul Michael Glaser, 1987) By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where “runners” attempt to evade “stalkers” and certain death for a chance to be pardoned and set free.

Unity

Wednesday, August 12 at 6:45pm

Not the same, but equal.

Eight years in the making, the new documentary, UNITY, takes an in-depth look at what it truly means to be human. Writer/Director Shaun Monson (EARTHLINGS), collaborates with an astounding cast of 100 celebrity narrators to present a message of love, tragedy and hope, all set against the backdrop of some of the most compelling 20th and 21st Century footage imaginable.

The incredible cast of over 100 includes: Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez, Jeff Goldblum, Adam Levine, Deepak Chopra, Common, Adrian Grenier, Ben Kingsley, Zoe Saldana, Dr. Dre, Geoffrey Rush, January Jones, Jennifer Aniston, Joaquin Phoenix, Susan Sarandon, Tony Hawk, Pam Anderson, and others.

Wednesday, August 12
Doors 6:15 | Movie 6:45
Tickets $10 advance / $12 door

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

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Gentlemen Hecklers Present: Batman & Robin

Wednesday, August 12 at 9pm

Join the Gentlemen Hecklers on Wednesday, August 12 as they celebrate three years of movie riffing at the Rio Theatre with Joel Schumacher’s BATMAN & ROBIN. (Yes… the one with George Clooney. And Uma Thurman. And Ah-nuld.)

Wednesday, August 12
Doors 8:30/Show 9:00pm
$10 advance/ $12 door
+19 for admission and bar service!
Groupons accepted at the Box Office the night of event

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The Gentlemen Hecklers provide live, hilarious commentary for the best bad 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.

BATMAN & ROBIN (Joel Schumacher, 1997 / 125 minutes ) | Batman (George Clooney) and Robin (Chris O’Donnell) try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) from freezing Gotham City

Woodstock: Concert Film (1970)

Sunday, August 16 at 7:30pm

3 Days of Peace, Music… and Love

Released in 1970, director Michael Wadleigh’s Oscar-winning documentary WOODSTOCK is an intimate look at the legendary Woodstock Music & Art Festival that took place over three days in Bethel, NY in August of 1969.

Sunday, August 16
Doors 7:00 | Movie 7:30
$8 advance / $10 door

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

Featuring many of the remarkable performances that have come to be associated with the event itself- from Joan Baez to the Who, Joe Cocker to Jimi Hendrix – the film also chronicles the site’s storied preparation through to its cleanup, with historic access to insiders and organizers as well as portraits of the concertgoers themselves. Woodstock was the defining moment of the “Summer of Love,” and the concert film succeeds by capturing both the mood of the era and the many aspects that came together in one legendary weekend. So much more than a concert film, WOODSTOCK is a time capsule that allows for an compelling look at the era itself; drug use by performers, naked fans sliding in the mud, the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes and the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.

WOODSTOCK (Michael Wadleigh, 1970 / 184 mins / R) | A chronicle of the legendary music and arts festival that took place in Woodstock, NY, in the summer of 1969.

The Yes Men Are Revolting

Wednesday, August 19 at 7pm

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a screening of The Yes Men’s new documentary ‘The Yes Men are Revolting’ followed by a live Q&A! Yes, Andy and Mike will be in-house to answer all your questions and discuss their latest project.

Wednesday, August 19
Doors 6:30 | Movie 7:00
Tickets $12 advance / $15 door

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

For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits and a lack of shame, these iconoclastic revolutionaries lie their way into business events and government functions to expose the dangers of letting greed run our world. In their third cinematic outing (after ‘The Yes Men’ and ‘The Yes Men Fix the World’), they are now well into their 40s, and their mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare to take on the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced: climate change. More than the first two films, ‘The Yes Men Are Revolting’ is as much a character study as it is an entertaining depiction of their latest interventions. Revealing the real people behind the ruses, at its heart lies a hopeful message about fighting for change.

THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING (Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonano, 2014 / DCP / 91 mins) | Comedy troupe The Yes Men stage phony events and press releases in an effort to bring attention to environmental dangers and corporate greed.

90s Burlesque At The Rio Theatre

Friday, August 21 at 9pm

Better than a basement full of Beanie Babies!!! Here to Rescue your Ranger!!! Its..

THE 90’s BURLESQUE SHOW!!!

Friday, August 21
Doors at 8PM, Show at 9PM
Tix: $15 in advance / $20 at the door

*All tickets 19+ w/ bar service
**Rio Groupons and passes not accepted for this show.

Totally tubular and radically rad, these XXX Files will include tributes to Jurassic Park, Seinfeld and all the Mario Karts in between! Hold onto your Polly Pockets and break out those Jellie Shoes as some of the funniest and greatest talents in Vancouver Burlesque tribute everything 90s!

Featuring performances from:

WHAT SURNAME
VIXEN VON FLEX
JUNGLE KAT
CLARE VOYEUR
APRIL O’PEEL

LITTLE VICTOR With HARPDOG BROWN’S TRAVELIN’ BLUES SHOW

Sunday, August 30 at 7pm

The Canadian Pacific Blues Society is very pleased to Present “The Beale Street Blues Bopper” & “The King of Grit”, Little Victor with the Harpdog Brown Band on Sunday August 30, 2015 here at the RIO Theatre.

Special Guests will be the Harpdog Brown Traveling Blues Show.

This show will knock your socks off. Think old school blues with a touch of rockabilly.

Doors 6 pm Show 7 pm

Tickets $20 advance $25 door

Tickets also available in-store at Red Cat, Highlife, Zulu, Neptoon and Beat Merchant

If you dig Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn you’re going to hate Little Victor, an untamed maverick whose raw, primitive sounds are the utter antithesis of the contemporary blues model.While he is often viewed as somewhat of a renegade who performs not on the tried and true blues circuit but generally more at rock clubs, Little Victor’s credentials are impeccable and his talent impressive. He can effortlessly switch from shadowy, primitive low blues to the polished, uptown Beale Street­style R&B of Johnny Ace and Bobby Bland to wild, wicked boogies, and all of it is put across with expressive, soul­deep conviction. Then just who is Little Victor? He was born in Rome in 1967 to a Sicilian mother and a US serviceman from Arkansas ­ an Air Force brat. As a teenager he spent his summers in Memphis, TN visiting well blues­connected relatives. His uncle is revered University of Memphis ethno- musicologist Dr David Evans while his cousin Tav Falco leads the underground blues­rockabilly art group Panther Burns. He has hung and played with Hubert Sumlin, Louisiana Red, RL Burnside, Robert Balfour ­ his performances have been best desribed as “juke joint cabaret”. He has been labelled the King Of Grit or the Beale Street Blues Bopper. Today he lives in Brighton, UK and tours Europe and makes ocassional forays back to his homeland. He has just released his ninth album “Buzz, Busted & Broke” with Kim Wilson, Carl Sonny Leyland and Big John Atkinson. For more on Little Victor Macoggi and his passion for 50s style blues and r&b ­ both guitar and harp go to www.littlevictorblues.com Grizzled blues veteran Harpdog Brown has been apart of the local blues fabric since he arrived in town from Edmonton back in the mid eighties. Along with his many lineups of The

Bloodhounds, The Dog has carved out a respectable following not only here but across Canada. This January he was voted best Canadian Harmonica player at the coveted Maple Blues Awards while his latest recording “What It Is” is destined to become a blues classic. Mo’ of The Dog at www.harpdogbrown.com

This is a presentation of the Canadian Pacific Blues Society. For mo’ info contact Ron Simmonds

at 604 736 7931 or bluplanet@shaw.ca

Eadweard

Monday, August 31 at 6:45pm

A visually sumptuous and captivating look at the life of the driven, creative and
troubled photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Often credited as the world’s first filmmaker for his eclectic, world-reknowned and intimately revealing ‘time lapse’ photos of life in motion, Muybridge’s passions, the story of the love of his life, his volcanic and boundless creativity and the act he admitted to and for which he was exonerated by a jury of his peers, all make for a one-of-a-kind life story unlike most any you’ve ever seen in this vibrantly alive drama.

August 31st (Red Carpet Screening & After Party) @ 6:45pm.

Advance Ticket to Movie & After-Party: $25 (SOLD OUT of this type of ticket)

Advance Ticket to just the Movie: $15

Ticket to Movie at Door: $18

AWARDS:
15 Leo Award Nominations (including best picture, director, screenwriting and actor)
The Audience Choice and Cinematography Awards at the Nashville Film Festival
Best Actor (Michael Eklund), Alhambra Film Festival
Achievement in Filmmaking – Cinematography at the Newport Beach Film Festival (Mirza)
FESTIVALS: Edinburgh, Munich, Maui, Brooklyn, Cinequest, Cleveland, Gasparilla, Nashville, Alhambra, Newport Beach

The Weirdo Hero

Monday, August 31 at 9:30pm

Join us here at The Rio Theatre August 31st for the Red Carpet Premiere of "The Weirdo Hero".

Doors 9pm/ Movie 9:30pm

Come early to get your seats!
+19 for entry with 2 pieces of ID, for full bar service

Tickets $12 in advance/ $15 at the door

After becoming the new ECCW Champion, pro wrestler Fabulous Frankie Myers still continues to face the challenge of a lifetime. Trying to be "normal", Frankie faces many battles especially Gary, a slimy middle manager of a boss at Frankie's day job at a mundane office call center. In addition, there to cheer Frankie on, is his “good” friend Harold who is known for his impeccable timing to kick Frankie when he is down. In this dark comedy/drama, Frankie learns how to embrace himself and become a true blue hero.

“This film is to help those understand what living with depression is like. But more importantly, it’s a message to those who do have depression; You are not alone. It is okay to ask for help. You are a Hero to someone”

NOT THE BEES! A Burlesque Tribute To Nicolas Cage

Wednesday, September 2 at 8pm

Geekenders is back with our most zany, off-the-wall variety show yet! It’s gonna be weird.

Sept 2nd
Doors at 7; show at 8

Tickets are $10 in advance/$12 at the door

Strictly 19+ with 2 pieces of ID for entry and bar service

Called a “cult sensation” by Vancity Buzz, Geekenders Theatrical Nerdlesque has taken the Canadian burlesque scene by storm. Since their debut in 2012, Geekenders Nerdlesque has been in high demand, performing to packed audiences in Vancouver’s most fabulous venues, wowing over 15,000 people in British Columbia with their tightly-choreographed Vegas-style nerdlesque spectaculars.

Today, Geekenders Nerdlesque is well-known for seamlessly integrating the worlds of burlesque, geekery, drag, queerlesque, dance, and theatre into their productions, incorporating well-known burlesque stars with passionate newcomers to create shows full of good humour, love for their source material, and a unique, whimsical style all their own.

Featuring some of Vancouver’s biggest nerdlesque names!

Performers to be announced soon.

Here’s what the media has to say about Geekenders productions:

“…Absolutely hilarious. The Geekenders did a fabulous job with lovingly skewering the source material.”
-Livevancouver.ca

“…local impresarios Geekenders, who spare no imagination with their programming. A geek and queer-friendly collective that turns the nerdiest of fantasies into realities…”
-Vancity Buzz on Geekenders

“…Geekenders are taking the ropes and giving opportunities for females to be cast in non-traditional, male-dominated spaces. In doing so, they’re changing the fandom for the better while remaining true to its roots.”
-Cecilia Lu in Living Myth Magazine

Like Geekenders on Facebook for more information on their variety shows, dances, theatrical endeavours and burlesque tributes!

Improv Against Humanity: Live and Unsanctioned

Wednesday, September 16 at 8pm

Home is where the heart is, and our hearts are calling The Fictionals back to where it all began.

Ladies and gentlemen, horrible people of Vancouver, we are excited to announce the return of Improv Against Humanity here to THE RIO THEATRE!

After an epic staycation tour around Vancouver in the Spring and Summer,#IAHatRIO is back on Wednesday, September 16th to kick off our Fall Comedy Season. There will be hilarious comedy, epic prizes to be won in our live CAH tournament, and the Most Horrible Person in Vancouver will be crowned! Come on down!

The Rio Theatre: 1660 East Broadway
Doors @ 7pm, Show @ 8pm
19 + Event

Tickets: $10 + SC in Advance, $12 at the Door
+19 for entry and bar service

Official Hashtag: #IAHatRIO

*****

WINNER: BEST IMPROV SHOW FOR HORRIBLE PEOPLE

"This high jinks-filled interactive improv series put on by The Fictionals troupe is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone... You can't have more politically incorrect fun." - Georgia Straight's Best of Vancouver

"Seriously laugh out loud.... (Improv Against Humanity) guarantees some great vetted fodder for laughs of the truly horrible kind." - Vancity Buzz

"So wrong in all the right ways... One of the best events in Vancouver." - Vancouver Sun

"A wickedly fun concept... Don't bring the kids, folks." - Guy MacPherson, What's So Funny 100.5 FM

*****

Warning: may contain some strong language, sexual content and mature themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

*****

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