Plastic People (Featuring a post-show Q&A with the filmmakers)

6:30pm - Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The ground-breaking feature documentary PLASTIC PEOPLE investigates our addiction to plastic and the growing threat of microplastics on human health. Almost every bit of plastic ever made breaks down into "microplastics." These microscopic particles drift in the air, float in all bodies of water, and mix into the soil, becoming a permanent part of the environment. Now, leading scientists are finding these particles in our bodies: organs, blood, brain tissue, and even the placentas of new mothers. What is the impact of these invisible invaders on our health? In PLASTIC PEOPLE, audiences will embark on a journey led by acclaimed author and science journalist Ziya Tong, as she explores the pervasive influence of plastic in our lives. From the smallest particles to its impact on human health, this film uncovers the startling truth about our addiction to plastic and the urgent need for action. What sets PLASTIC PEOPLE apart is its personal approach, as Tong collaborates with leading scientists worldwide and even subjects herself to experiments to illustrate the extent of plastic's infiltration. Under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Ben Addelman, this documentary delivers a compelling narrative that demands attention and sparks vital conversations. Official Selcetion SXSW 2024, DOXA 2024 "'Plastic People' offers a fascinating history of plastic, showing us how the stuff gradually took over... It is one of those essential state-of-our-world documentaries.” (Variety) Wednesday, May 22 Featuring a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers! Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. PLASTIC PEOPLE (Ben Addelman & Ziya Tong, 2024 / 87 mins / PG) PLASTIC PEOPLE is a landmark feature documentary that chronicles humanity’s fraught relationship with plastic and one woman’s mission to expose shocking new revelations about the impact of microplastics on human health. [more]

Love Lies Bleeding

8:45pm - Wednesday, May 22, 2024

From British director Rose Glass (whose 2019 feature film debut, the psychological horror thriller SAINT MAUD, was criminally underseen) comes an electric new love story, LOVE LIES BLEEDING. The film follows reclusive gym manager Lou, who falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou's criminal family. With Kristen Stewart, Ed Harris, Katy O'Brien. "The point really isn’t the crime. Or the bleeding, Or even, despite the palpable chemistry between Stewart and O’Brian, the love. It’s the intimate, passionately intense feel of the thing: the urgent need to escape where you are, and find someplace new." (Time Out) "Visceral and heady, this is a blood-soaked, all-American fable that’s as if Thelma And Louise literally went on steroids. Rose Glass is a force to be reckoned with." (Empire Magazine) "Lust and violence collide to powerfully pulpy effect in Love Lies Bleeding, a well-acted addition to writer-director Rose Glass' growing body of exceptional work." (Rotten Tomatoes) "... Puts a sapphic spin on neo-noir, flirting with clichés only to dodge away towards something more outrageous." (Gay City News) Wednesday, May 22 Doors 8:15 pm | Movie 8:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

Wicked Little Letters

6:30pm - Thursday, May 23, 2024

A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a farcical and occasionally sinister scandal in this riotous mystery comedy. Based on a stranger than fiction true story, WICKED LITTLE LETTERS follows two neighbors: deeply conservative local Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley). When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime. The anonymous letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues. However, as the town's women -- led by Police Officer Gladys Moss (Anjana Vasan) -- begin to investigate the crime themselves, they suspect that something is amiss, and Rose may not be the culprit after all. "A very funny little British comedy that I cannot believe was inspired by a true story." (NPR) "It’s a little story, but it’s wicked fun." (Seattle Times) "“Wicked Little Letters” is for people who like British comedy, but also for people who think British comedies are too refined for their taste. This one isn’t." (San Francisco Chronicle) ""Wicked" may take great pains to recreate the musty Britain of the 1920s, but don’t be fooled by the cloche hats and frilly frocks. The female rage that powers every frame of this comedy didn’t go away when that decade ended." (Rolling Stone Magazine) Thursday, May 23 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. WICKED LITTLE LETTERS (Thea Sharrock, 2024 / 104 mins / 14A) When people in Littlehampton--including conservative local Edith--begin to receive letters full of hilarious profanities, rowdy Irish migrant Rose is charged with the crime. Suspecting that something is amiss, the town's women investigate. [more]

Aggro Dr1ft

9:00pm - Thursday, May 23, 2024

In this sensual experimental elegy by visionary filmmaker Harmony Korine, spellbinding infrared photography evokes a dreamlike portrait of a tormented assassin. In the seedy domain of Miami’s criminal underbelly, a seasoned hitman embarks on the relentless pursuit of his next target. The movie is shot entirely through thermal lens as he navigates a twisted world where violence and madness reign supreme. Tensions unravel, leading to a psychedelic journey that blurs the lines between predator and prey. With Jordi Mollà and Travis Scott. "... crafted an experience that’s worth tripping out to, cotton mouth be damned." (Slant Magazine) Thursday, May 23 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. AGGRO DR1FT (Harmony Korine, 2024 / 80 mins / 18A) An assassin is on a mission to kill a demonic crime lord. [more]

The Motorcycle Film Festival (TMFF)

7:00pm - Friday, May 24, 2024

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

Re-Animator #FridayLateNight

11:30pm - Friday, May 24, 2024

The Rio Theatre's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on May 24 with Stuart Gordon's 1985 sci-fi horror comedy, RE-ANIMATOR. H.P. Lovecraft and Lucio Fulci did not team up to make the most amazing gore-sex grotesquerie of 1985 -- but thanks to RE-ANIMATOR, they didn't have to. Director Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna’s joint debut feature, this epochal, awe-inspiring amalgam of FRANKENSTEIN, THE BEYOND, and REVENGE OF THE NERDS is where science meets chaos to produce an hyperactive overdose of gruesome insanity. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is a new Miskatonic University student who also moonlights as a mad scientist, intent on perfecting a serum that “re-animates” corpses. Soon, everyone wants a piece of the action, including an evil professor and his army of slime-covered deadites. With berserker theatrics, career-defining roles from horror icons Combs and Barbara Crampton, and a scene of two adults chasing an undead cat in a basement, RE-ANIMATOR isn’t just a masterpiece of the horror genre -- it’s a masterpiece of life. “Calling RE-ANIMATOR a crucial gore movie is like saying that fire is hot.” (Zack Carlson, co-author of “Destroy All Movies”) "Perfectly mixing humor and horror, the only thing more effective than Re-Animator's gory scares are its dry, deadpan jokes." (Rotten Tomatoes) "Oh, those crazy doctors, when will they ever learn to stop messing around with the natural order of life and death?" (Gene Siskel) Friday, May 24 Doors 11:00 pm | Movie 11:30 pm *Start time subject to change. RE-ANIMATOR (Stuart Gordon, 1985 / 86 mins / 18A) Scientist Herbert West has discovered a fluid which brings living tissue back to life. After the death of his professor, West moves to a new university to continue his research. He involves a fellow student and the student's fiancée in his research by experimenting on their dead cat. Dan, fascinated by West's research, agrees to smuggle him into the hospital morgue... [more]

Plastic People (Featuring a post-show Q&A with the filmmakers)

2:55pm - Saturday, May 25, 2024

The ground-breaking feature documentary PLASTIC PEOPLE investigates our addiction to plastic and the growing threat of microplastics on human health. Almost every bit of plastic ever made breaks down into "microplastics." These microscopic particles drift in the air, float in all bodies of water, and mix into the soil, becoming a permanent part of the environment. Now, leading scientists are finding these particles in our bodies: organs, blood, brain tissue, and even the placentas of new mothers. What is the impact of these invisible invaders on our health? In PLASTIC PEOPLE, audiences will embark on a journey led by acclaimed author and science journalist Ziya Tong, as she explores the pervasive influence of plastic in our lives. From the smallest particles to its impact on human health, this film uncovers the startling truth about our addiction to plastic and the urgent need for action. What sets PLASTIC PEOPLE apart is its personal approach, as Tong collaborates with leading scientists worldwide and even subjects herself to experiments to illustrate the extent of plastic's infiltration. Under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Ben Addelman, this documentary delivers a compelling narrative that demands attention and sparks vital conversations. Official Selcetion SXSW 2024, DOXA 2024 "'Plastic People' offers a fascinating history of plastic, showing us how the stuff gradually took over... It is one of those essential state-of-our-world documentaries.” (Variety) Saturday, May 25 Featuring a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers! Doors 2:30 pm | Movie 2:55 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. PLASTIC PEOPLE (Ben Addelman & Ziya Tong, 2024 / 87 mins / PG) PLASTIC PEOPLE is a landmark feature documentary that chronicles humanity’s fraught relationship with plastic and one woman’s mission to expose shocking new revelations about the impact of microplastics on human health. [more]

Evil Does Not Exist

5:10pm - Saturday, May 25, 2024

Japanese writer-director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's follows up his 2021 Oscar-winner DRIVE MY CAR with EVIL DOES NOT EXIST, a slow-burn character study disguised as an eco-drama. Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. Like generations before them, they live a modest life according to the cycles and order of nature. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi’s house; offering city residents a comfortable ‘escape’ to nature. When two company representatives from Tokyo arrive in the village to hold a meeting, it becomes clear that the project will have a negative impact on the local water supply, causing unrest. The agency’s mismatched intentions endanger both the ecological balance of the nature plateau and their way of life, with an aftermath that affects Takumi’s life deeply. "This is an instant-masterpiece worthy of intense debate in which every side will have a valid point." (Globe and Mail) "I had no idea where Hamaguchi’s cautionary tale was taking me, but I remained intrigued until the bitter end." (Boston Globe) “Hamaguchi is a worker that feels like part of a rare, potentially dying breed of artist that wants to move, engage, and carry on a dialogue with the viewer minutes, hours, days, and years after the credits have rolled.” (The Gate) "A masterful film that invites contemplation and, in return, delivers lyrical beauty, haunting mystery, and more than a bit of unexpected terror." (The Daily Beast) Saturday, May 25 Doors 4:40 pm | Movie 5:10 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. EVIL DOES NOT EXIST "Aku wa sonzai shinai" (Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2023 / 104 mins / Japanese w/ EST / NR) Takumi and his daughter live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi's house, offering city residents a comfortable escape to nature. [more]

Sasquatch Sunset

7:45pm - Saturday, May 25, 2024

In the misty forests of North America, a family of Sasquatches—possibly the last of their enigmatic kind— embark on an absurdist, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey over the course of one year. These shaggy and noble giants fight for survival as they find themselves on a collision course with the ever-changing world around them. Starring Riley Keough and Jesse Eisenberg, acclaimed directors David and Nathan Zellner (KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER) bring you the greatest Bigfoot story ever told. "[The Zellners have] previously bent reality to fit their fantasies; now, in trimming fantasy to resemble reality, they display a deepened artistic purpose." (New Yorker) "A little bit of Bigfoot lore goes a long way (it really does get gross), but the beauty of 'Sasquatch Sunset' is how it depicts humans as mysterious intruders in their world, not the other way around." (Toronto Star) "Silly, surreal, and sometimes insightful, Sasquatch Sunset has a lot to say about life, nature, and what it means to simply exist." (Screen Rant) "Are we looking for the human in the Sasquatch? Or for the Sasquatch in us? The movie works either way, but in its refusal to hew to a familiar plot trajectory, it holds up a mirror to our own narcissism." (Los Angeles Times) Saturday, May 25 Doors 7:15 pm | Movie 7:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. SASQUATCH SUNSET (David Zellner, Nathan Zellner 2024 / 89 mins / 18A) A year in the life of a unique family. It captures the daily life of the Sasquatch with a level of detail and rigor that is simply unforgettable. [more]

Wicked Little Letters

12:30pm - Sunday, May 26, 2024

A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a farcical and occasionally sinister scandal in this riotous mystery comedy. Based on a stranger than fiction true story, WICKED LITTLE LETTERS follows two neighbors: deeply conservative local Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley). When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime. The anonymous letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues. However, as the town's women -- led by Police Officer Gladys Moss (Anjana Vasan) -- begin to investigate the crime themselves, they suspect that something is amiss, and Rose may not be the culprit after all. "A very funny little British comedy that I cannot believe was inspired by a true story." (NPR) "It’s a little story, but it’s wicked fun." (Seattle Times) "“Wicked Little Letters” is for people who like British comedy, but also for people who think British comedies are too refined for their taste. This one isn’t." (San Francisco Chronicle) ""Wicked" may take great pains to recreate the musty Britain of the 1920s, but don’t be fooled by the cloche hats and frilly frocks. The female rage that powers every frame of this comedy didn’t go away when that decade ended." (Rolling Stone Magazine) Sunday, May 26 Doors 12:00 pm | Movie 12:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. WICKED LITTLE LETTERS (Thea Sharrock, 2024 / 104 mins / 14A) When people in Littlehampton--including conservative local Edith--begin to receive letters full of hilarious profanities, rowdy Irish migrant Rose is charged with the crime. Suspecting that something is amiss, the town's women investigate. [more]

La Chimera

2:40pm - Sunday, May 26, 2024

Everyone has their own Chimera, something they try to achieve but never manage to find. For the band of tombaroli, thieves of ancient grave goods and archaeological wonders, the Chimera means redemption from work and the dream of easy wealth. For Arthur, the Chimera looks like the woman he lost, Beniamina. To find her, Arthur challenges the invisible, searches everywhere, goes inside the earth -- in search of the door to the afterlife of which myths speak. In an adventurous journey between the living and the dead, between forests and cities, between celebrations and solitudes, the intertwined destinies of these characters unfold, all in search of the Chimera. With Josh O'Connor, Isabella Rossellini, Alba Rohrwacher. "“La Chimera” sneaks up on you. Rohrwacher is a discreet virtuoso with a visual style that is appealing and demonstrably unshowy." (New York Times) '"Alice Rohrwacher’s 'La Chimera' is dreamy and fantastical." (Chicago Reader) "Mournful yet exuberant, 'La Chimera' is a towering work of art presented with the unassuming invitation of a warming summer morning." (Los Angeles Times) "... blends sweetness, sorrow and silliness with a lyrical touch." (The Daily Beast) Sunday, May 26 Doors 2:15 pm | Movie 2:40 *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. LA CHIMERA "La chimera" (Alice Rohrwacher, 2023 / 130 mins / PG / In English and Italian w/EST) Just out of jail and still searching for his late beloved Beniamina, crumpled English archaeologist Arthur reconnects with his wayward crew of tombaroli accomplices – a happy-go-lucky collective of itinerant grave-robbers who survive by looting Etruscan tombs and fencing the ancient treasures they dig up. Arthur isn’t interested in the artefacts, though; he’s seeking a legendary door to the underworld, and to Beniamina. [more]

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

5:45pm - Sunday, May 26, 2024

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

Boy Kills World

9:30pm - Sunday, May 26, 2024

Bill Skarsgård stars as “Boy” who vows revenge after his family is murdered by Hilda Van Der Koy, the deranged matriarch of a corrupt post-apocalyptic dynasty that left the boy orphaned, deaf and voiceless. Driven by his inner voice, one which he co-opted from his favorite childhood video game, Boy trains with a mysterious shaman to become an instrument of death and is set loose on the eve of the annual culling of dissidents. Bedlam ensues as Boy commits bloody martial arts mayhem, inciting a wrath of carnage and blood-letting. As he tries to get his bearings in this delirious realm, Boy soon falls in with a desperate resistance group, all the while bickering with the apparent ghost of his rebellious little sister. With Famke Janssen, Jessica Rothe, Michelle Dockery, Yayan Ruhian. Sunday, May 26 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

"Slovo House" Unfinished Novel

6:30pm - Monday, May 27, 2024

Based on true events, this drama delves into the lives of Ukrainian writers during the era of the "Executed Renaissance." In collaboration with MUR and their musical project "You're a Romantic," it tells the story of the "Slovo" house, where Soviet authorities gathered Ostap Vyshnia, Pavlo Tychyna, Les Kurbas, Mykola Khvylovy, Mykola Semenko, Krushelnytska, Yalovy, Sosiura, Yanovych, Johansen, and many others, compelling them to work for the benefit of the system. The film reveals how the communist paradise transforms into a true hell of repression, executions, lost dreams, and lives. Yet, we will always remember not only their talented works but also their tragic fates. Monday, May 27 Screening in Ukrainian with English subtitles>/i> Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Будинок «Слово». Нескінченний роман. Основана на реальних подіях, драма українських письменників епохи "Розстріляного відродження". У співпраці з МУР та їхнім музичним проєктом "Ти романтика", історія будинку "Слово", де під одним дахом радянська влада зібрала Остапа Вишню, Павла Тичину, Леся Курбаса, Миколу Хвильового, Мікаеля Семенка, Крушельницьку, Ялового, Сосюру, Яновича, Йогансена та багатьох інших, і змусила їх працювати на благо системи. Фільм розповідає про те, як комуністичний рай перетворюється на справжнє пекло з репресіями, розстрілами, втраченими мріями та життями. Але ми завжди пам'ятатимемо не тільки їх талановиті твори, але й трагічні долі. Двері відчиняються о 18:00| Початок фільму о 18:30 Фільм українською мовою з англійськими субтитрами. "SLOVO" HOUSE. UNFINISHED NOVEL "Budynok Slovo. Neskinchenyi roman" (Tara Tomenko, 2024 / 121 mins / NR / In Ukrainian w/EST) Film about the Ukrainian artists persecuted by totalitarianism amid the Holodomor, a tale of resilience in 20th-century genocide. _________________________________________________________ [more]

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

9:30pm - Monday, May 27, 2024

This final movie version was created as an alternative ending to the NEON GENESIS EVANGELION TV series, remaking the final two episodes from the series. SEELE plans an attack on NERV after failing to create a man-made Third Impact. After reaffirming both her own and her mother’s existence in a state of despair, Asuka returns and begins the counterattack. However, new enemies descend from the heavens. Meanwhile, Shinji witnesses the horrifying wreckage of Asuka’s EVA-02 while piloting EVA-01. Mass production models surround EVA-01 and perform a solemn ceremony. What does it mean to complete a human heart? "Simply incredible to look at, with bold splashes of colour in every frame, with nuanced movements from the humans and humanoid robots alike, with weight and detail in both its action and its quieter moments of drama." (Little White Lies) "Perhaps one of the most nihilistic, avant-garde and devastating endings to an anime series ever conceived… It is the best and worst of everything that is 'Evangelion' combined to create a film that is unlike anything that had come before it." (Paste Magazine) "Twenty years after its original release, The End of Evangelion remains one of the few films that covered depression well and, perhaps, is the strongest example in film." (Cultured Vultures) #AnimeMonday, May 27 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: THE END OF EVANGELION (Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno, 1997 / 87 mins / NR) Japanese with subtitles) An alternative ending to “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” After the defeat of the final Angel, Shinji Ikari falls into a deep depression. When SEELE orders a surprise attack on NERV’s headquarters, after failing to create a Third Impact to secretly usher in a new level of human existence, Gendo Ikari retreats in order to advance his own plans for the Human Instrumentality Project. Eventually, Shinji is pushed to the limits of his sanity as he is forced to decide the fate of humanity. [more]

Evil Does Not Exist

6:30pm - Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Japanese writer-director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's follows up his 2021 Oscar-winner DRIVE MY CAR with EVIL DOES NOT EXIST, a slow-burn character study disguised as an eco-drama. Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. Like generations before them, they live a modest life according to the cycles and order of nature. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi’s house; offering city residents a comfortable ‘escape’ to nature. When two company representatives from Tokyo arrive in the village to hold a meeting, it becomes clear that the project will have a negative impact on the local water supply, causing unrest. The agency’s mismatched intentions endanger both the ecological balance of the nature plateau and their way of life, with an aftermath that affects Takumi’s life deeply. "This is an instant-masterpiece worthy of intense debate in which every side will have a valid point." (Globe and Mail) "I had no idea where Hamaguchi’s cautionary tale was taking me, but I remained intrigued until the bitter end." (Boston Globe) “Hamaguchi is a worker that feels like part of a rare, potentially dying breed of artist that wants to move, engage, and carry on a dialogue with the viewer minutes, hours, days, and years after the credits have rolled.” (The Gate) "A masterful film that invites contemplation and, in return, delivers lyrical beauty, haunting mystery, and more than a bit of unexpected terror." (The Daily Beast) Tuesday, May 28 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. EVIL DOES NOT EXIST "Aku wa sonzai shinai" (Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2023 / 104 mins / Japanese w/ EST / NR) Takumi and his daughter live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi's house, offering city residents a comfortable escape to nature. [more]

Boy Kills World

9:00pm - Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Bill Skarsgård stars as “Boy” who vows revenge after his family is murdered by Hilda Van Der Koy, the deranged matriarch of a corrupt post-apocalyptic dynasty that left the boy orphaned, deaf and voiceless. Driven by his inner voice, one which he co-opted from his favorite childhood video game, Boy trains with a mysterious shaman to become an instrument of death and is set loose on the eve of the annual culling of dissidents. Bedlam ensues as Boy commits bloody martial arts mayhem, inciting a wrath of carnage and blood-letting. As he tries to get his bearings in this delirious realm, Boy soon falls in with a desperate resistance group, all the while bickering with the apparent ghost of his rebellious little sister. With Famke Janssen, Jessica Rothe, Michelle Dockery, Yayan Ruhian. Tuesday, May 28 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. [more]

La Chimera

6:30pm - Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Everyone has their own Chimera, something they try to achieve but never manage to find. For the band of tombaroli, thieves of ancient grave goods and archaeological wonders, the Chimera means redemption from work and the dream of easy wealth. For Arthur, the Chimera looks like the woman he lost, Beniamina. To find her, Arthur challenges the invisible, searches everywhere, goes inside the earth -- in search of the door to the afterlife of which myths speak. In an adventurous journey between the living and the dead, between forests and cities, between celebrations and solitudes, the intertwined destinies of these characters unfold, all in search of the Chimera. With Josh O'Connor, Isabella Rossellini, Alba Rohrwacher. "“La Chimera” sneaks up on you. Rohrwacher is a discreet virtuoso with a visual style that is appealing and demonstrably unshowy." (New York Times) '"Alice Rohrwacher’s 'La Chimera' is dreamy and fantastical." (Chicago Reader) "Mournful yet exuberant, 'La Chimera' is a towering work of art presented with the unassuming invitation of a warming summer morning." (Los Angeles Times) "... blends sweetness, sorrow and silliness with a lyrical touch." (The Daily Beast) Wednesday, May 29 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. LA CHIMERA "La chimera" (Alice Rohrwacher, 2023 / 130 mins / PG / In English and Italian w/EST) Just out of jail and still searching for his late beloved Beniamina, crumpled English archaeologist Arthur reconnects with his wayward crew of tombaroli accomplices – a happy-go-lucky collective of itinerant grave-robbers who survive by looting Etruscan tombs and fencing the ancient treasures they dig up. Arthur isn’t interested in the artefacts, though; he’s seeking a legendary door to the underworld, and to Beniamina. [more]

Ian Bagg LIVE!

Ian Bagg LIVE!

7:00pm - Thursday, May 30, 2024

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

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Ian Bagg LIVE!

9:30pm - Thursday, May 30, 2024

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

Drag Attack: King Fling!

8:00pm - Friday, May 31, 2024

Drag Attack is back... And this time, it’s the largest collection of Drag Kings that The Rio Theatre has ever seen! Join TikTok star Dandy, winner of Host of the Year 2024 from VIBFA, as he holds court for DRAG ATTACK: KING FLING! Voted by Georgia Straight readers as Runner Up for BEST DRAG SHOW IN VANCOUVER 2023! ROCKSTARS! HUNKS! PRINCES! DADDYS!  And a special performance by 90’s Irish boyband Westlife. It’s the highest caliber of stars and studs that the South Coast has to offer, so come revel as they s-t-r-u-t their stuff in an overwhelming display of masculinity. The forecast is REIGN so come prepared to get WET! Prize for BEST MUSTACHE! Friday, May 31 Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Early Bird Tickets (Limited Number Available until May 17!) $25+ s/c Assigned Seating $30+ s/c | $35 at the door VIP (First 4 rows, center section) $40+ s/c | $45 at the door Group Tickets (Minimum 4 - online only) $25+ s/c Connect on Instagram @dandyandfriends Connect on TikTok @dandyandfriends Strutting it out on the Rio Mainstage will be: Justin Abit | Audrey Tism | Doobie Howser | Manly Nipkis | Conrad Degoya | Yuen Yuen | Jenny Bonnycastle With a special appearance by Westlife Also Featuring: Clare Voyers | Sugar Lestrange | Scott Baccuulum | Numi | Maverick Hosted by the gayest of the gays: DANDY! [more]

Cobra

11:00pm - Friday, May 31, 2024

The Rio's Friday Late Night Movie series continues on May 31 with Sylvester Stallone in the ultra-violent (yet deliciously cheesey) 1986 crime thriller COBRA. "It is such an exercise in pure unchecked and misplaced testosterone run amuck... that it exerts strange but undeniable fascination." (The Spool) Friday, May 31 Doors 10:30 pm | Movie 11:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Late Night Date Night! Bring a friend or date and get two-for-one entry! COBRA (George Cosmatos, 1986 / 14A) A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far-reaching plans. [more]

Ukraine Harmony Foundation presents: International Children's Day

12:00pm - Saturday, Jun 1, 2024

We invite you to a special screening of an animated film at the Rio Theatre, dedicated to the International Children's Day. Vote online for the animated film you'd like to see on the Film Hive, UHF, and Ukrainians in Vancouver Facebook pages. We will announce the winner among such beloved films as "Mavka," "Stolen Princess," "Foxter and Max," "Victor Robot," "Mykyta Kozhumyaka," "Clara and the Magical Dragon." This event is organized with the support of United Way BC, Film Hive, and Ukraine Harmony Foundation. Saturday, June 1 Doors 11:00 am | Event 12:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Admission to this screening is FREE. Donations are welcome.. Additionally, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, we will hold a small contest program with gifts for children who prepare poems, songs, and other performances. Join us for our festive event and do good deeds together with us! Please note: The film being screened will be in the Ukrainian language. ----------------------------------- Шановні гості! Запрошуємо вас на особливий показ мультфільму до кінотеатру Rio, присвячений Міжнародному Дню Захисту Дітей. Голосуйте онлайн за мультфільм, який ви бажаєте переглянути, на сторінках Film Hive, UHF та фб сторінці Українці Ванкувера. Покажемо переможця серед таких улюблених картин: «Мавка», «Викрадена Принцеса», «Фокстер і Макс», «Віктор Робот», «Микита Кожум’яка», «Клара та Чарівний Дракон». Цей захід організовано за сприяння United Way BC, Film Hive та Ukraine Harmony Foundation. Дата: 1 червня Двері відкрито з 11:00 ранку. Початок фільму о 12:00 годині. Також, з 11:00 до 12:00 години ми проводитимемо маленьку конкурсну програму з подарунками для дітей, які підготують віршики, пісні та інші виступи. Приєднуйтесь до нашого святкового заходу та робіть добрі справи разом з нами! [more]

Macbeth: Ralph Fiennes & Indira Varma

1:00pm - Saturday, Jun 1, 2024

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

Kill Bill: Double Bill: Volumes 1 & 2

8:15pm - Saturday, Jun 1, 2024

"Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with Samurai swords." There is no better way to appreciate the Hattori Honzo level of precision greatness in Quentin Tarantino's KILL BILL 1 & 2 than seeing them back-to-back, and on our big screen. The films reunite Tarantino with actress, muse, and co-writer Uma Thurman, whose soaring performance as a back-from-the-dead Bride hell-bent on revenge marks an all-time career high. In addition to a predictably killer soundtrack, fantastic one-liners and some of the most ornately stylized martial arts sequences in recent memory, Tarantino assembled an all-star roster of supporting actors including Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, and Vivica A. Fox. Saturday, June 1 KILL BILL Vol. 1 Doors 7:45 pm | Movie 8:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. (Break) KILL BILL Vol. 2 Movie 10:20 pm *As this is a double bill, this is an approximate start time. KILL BILL Volume 1 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003 / 111 minutes / 18A) | An entire wedding party is slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel: the pregnant woman in the blood-splattered wedding dress is Black Mamba, better known as The Bride. The assassin, Bill, and his circle known as The Vipers left The Bride for dead, but unluckily for them she was merely comatose. Four years later, The Bride suddenly awakens from her coma and realizes what has been done to her. She sets off on a ferociously focused mission, setting out to seek revenge on her former master and his deadly squad of assassins. One by one, she kills the various members of the assassin group. She saves Bill for last. KILL BILL Volume 2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2004 / 137 minutes / 18A) | The Bride picks up where she left off in volume one with her quest to finish the hit list she has composed of all of the people who have wronged her, including ex-boyfriend Bill, who tried to have her killed four years ago during her wedding to another man. Leaving several dead in her wake, she eventually tracks down Bill in Mexico. Using skills she has learned during her assassin career, she attempts to finish what she set out to do in the first place. [more]

Kill Bill: Volume 1

8:15pm - Saturday, Jun 1, 2024

KILL BILL Vol. 1 Saturday, June 1 Doors 7:45 pm | Movie 8:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. For Kill Bill: Double Bill tickets, click here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30147-kill-bill-double-bill-volumes-1-2 KILL BILL Volume 1 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003 / 111 minutes / 18A) | An entire wedding party is slaughtered during a dress rehearsal in a rural chapel: the pregnant woman in the blood-splattered wedding dress is Black Mamba, better known as The Bride. The assassin, Bill, and his circle known as The Vipers left The Bride for dead, but unluckily for them she was merely comatose. Four years later, The Bride suddenly awakens from her coma and realizes what has been done to her. She sets off on a ferociously focused mission, setting out to seek revenge on her former master and his deadly squad of assassins. One by one, she kills the various members of the assassin group. She saves Bill for last. [more]

Kill Bill: Volume 2

10:20pm - Saturday, Jun 1, 2024

KILL BILL Vol. 2 Movie 10:20 *As this is a double bill, this is an approximate start time. Doors will open as soon as Volume 1 let's out. Why not make it a KILL BILL DOUBLE BILL for one sweet price here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30147-kill-bill-double-bill-volumes-1-2 KILL BILL Volume 2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2004 / 137 minutes / 18A) | The Bride picks up where she left off in volume one with her quest to finish the hit list she has composed of all of the people who have wronged her, including ex-boyfriend Bill, who tried to have her killed four years ago during her wedding to another man. Leaving several dead in her wake, she eventually tracks down Bill in Mexico. Using skills she has learned during her assassin career, she attempts to finish what she set out to do in the first place. [more]

Handling the Undead

9:00pm - Sunday, Jun 2, 2024

On a hot summer day in Oslo, the dead mysteriously awaken, and three families are thrown into chaos when their deceased loved ones come back to them. Who are they, and what do they want? A family is faced with the mother's reawakening before they have even mourned her death after a car accident; an elderly woman gets the love of her life back the same day she has buried her; a grandfather rescues his grandchild from the gravesite in a desperate attempt to get his daughter out of her depression. HANDLING THE UNDEAD is a drama with elements of horror about three families, a story about grief and loss, but also about hope and understanding of what we can't comprehend or control. "Unlike your typical zombie movie, Handling the Undead is a slow and thoughtful tale about love and family…versus eating brains." (Film Threat) "A zombie tragedy of false hopes and brutal realities, Thea Hvistendahl’s debut doesn’t shy away from the pain of passing, nor the salted wounds of horrific, mysterious resurrection." (Paste Magazine) "An amazing score, terrific sound design, and another fantastic performance by Renate Reinsve, make this slow rumination on grief with a supernatural spin, worth it." (Film Inquiry) Sunday, June 2 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. HANDLING THE UNDEAD "Håndtering av udøde" (Thea Hvistendahl, 2024 / 98 mins / 18A / In Norwegian w/EST) On a hot summer day in Oslo, the dead mysteriously awaken, and three families are thrown into chaos when their deceased loved ones come back to them. Who are they, and what do they want? [more]

MOPA 4th Year Gala

7:15pm - Monday, Jun 3, 2024

MOPA 4th Year Gala A Film Screening By Capilano University Join us for a captivating showcase as Capilano University's graduating 4th-year students share their final projects, the culmination of four years dedicated to the art and craft of filmmaking. Immerse yourself in a diverse array of over 10 short films spanning various genres, from compelling narratives to experimental pieces. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate the talent and creativity of our graduating class! Monday, June 3 Doors 6:30 pm | Event 7:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. All seats are General Admission, unassigned seating. $10 + s/c in advance | $15 at the door [more]

Church of The Flying Saucer

6:30pm - Tuesday, Jun 4, 2024

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

Handling the Undead

9:30pm - Tuesday, Jun 4, 2024

On a hot summer day in Oslo, the dead mysteriously awaken, and three families are thrown into chaos when their deceased loved ones come back to them. Who are they, and what do they want? A family is faced with the mother's reawakening before they have even mourned her death after a car accident; an elderly woman gets the love of her life back the same day she has buried her; a grandfather rescues his grandchild from the gravesite in a desperate attempt to get his daughter out of her depression. HANDLING THE UNDEAD is a drama with elements of horror about three families, a story about grief and loss, but also about hope and understanding of what we can't comprehend or control. "Unlike your typical zombie movie, Handling the Undead is a slow and thoughtful tale about love and family…versus eating brains." (Film Threat) "A zombie tragedy of false hopes and brutal realities, Thea Hvistendahl’s debut doesn’t shy away from the pain of passing, nor the salted wounds of horrific, mysterious resurrection." (Paste Magazine) "An amazing score, terrific sound design, and another fantastic performance by Renate Reinsve, make this slow rumination on grief with a supernatural spin, worth it." (Film Inquiry) Tuesday, June 4 Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. HANDLING THE UNDEAD "Håndtering av udøde" (Thea Hvistendahl, 2024 / 98 mins / 18A / In Norwegian w/EST) On a hot summer day in Oslo, the dead mysteriously awaken, and three families are thrown into chaos when their deceased loved ones come back to them. Who are they, and what do they want? [more]

Jonathan Nemer

8:00pm - Wednesday, Jun 5, 2024

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

Run Lola Run (25th Anniversary 4K Restoration)

8:30pm - Friday, Jun 7, 2024

German filmmaker Tom Tykwer's RUN LOLA RUN - remastered in 4K for it 25th Anniversary - was one of the standout, breakout international hits of the 90s, thanks to its visually and conceptually impressive asethetic and one of the most heart-pounding soundtracks of that decade. The story follows a two-bit Berlin criminal Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu), who is meant to delivers some smuggled loot for his boss, Ronnie (Heino Ferch), but accidentally leaves the 100,000 mark payment in a subway car. Given 20 minutes to come up with the money, he calls his girlfriend, Lola (Franka Potente), who sprints through the streets of the city to try to beg the money out of her bank manager father (Herbert Knaup) and get to Manni before he does something desperate. "More fun than a barrel of Jean-Paul Sartre, pic's energy riffs on an engaging love story and really human performances while offering a series of what-ifs and a blood-stirring soundtrack." (Rotten Tomatoes) "A madly spinning top of a movie." (Entertainment Weekly) "Cleverly juggling the elements and encounters of a simple thriller scenario by using multiple viewpoints and a domino effect to create different destinies..." (Variety) "Not only does Lola run, she takes this hyperkinetic pop culture firecracker of a film with her." (LA Times) Friday, June 7 Doors 8:00 pm | Movie 8:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. RUN LOLA RUN (Tom Tykwer, 1998 / 81 mins / PG / In German with English subtitles) Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manni, who has lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy - and now she has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet him, otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run. [more]

Dune: Part One

6:15pm - Saturday, Jun 8, 2024

"How dare you use the voice on me!" Director Denis Villeneuve's (BLADE RUNNER 2049, ARRIVAL, INCENDIES) highly lauded, feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic science fiction novel, "Dune." A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, DUNE tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive. Currently nominated for a whopping ten Oscars, the film stars Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaacs, Jason Momoa, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya. "Denis Villeneuve's new big-screen adaptation underlines why generations have been fascinated by the story." (VOX) "It was such an incredible technical achievement that I was blown away by it over and over again." (Filmweek / NPR) "A spicy journey to an amazing future." (ScreenCrush) "A gorgeous sensory immersion that holds us in its spell for hours, with an ending that sparks yearning to see what comes next." (Salon.com) Saturday, June 8 Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Please arrive on time. Start time subject to change. Why not make is a DUNE Double Bill with DUNE: PART TWO at 9:30 pm here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30364-dune-double-bill-parts-one-two DUNE (Denis Villeneuve, 2021 / PG / 155 mins) Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. [more]

Dune Double Bill: Parts One & Two

6:15pm - Saturday, Jun 8, 2024

Dune Double Bill: Parts One & Two Director Denis Villeneuve's (BLADE RUNNER 2049, ARRIVAL, INCENDIES) highly lauded, feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's epic science fiction novel, "Dune." A mythic and emotionally charged hero's journey, DUNE tells the story of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet's exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity's greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive. Currently nominated for a whopping ten Oscars, the film stars Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaacs, Jason Momoa, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, Zendaya. DUNE (Denis Villeneuve, 2021 / PG / 155 mins) Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy. Saturday, June 8 Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *Please arrive on time. Start time subject to change. and then... Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Please arrive on time. As this film is screening as part of a double bill, the start time is. subject to change. The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on DUNE: PART TWO, the next chapter of Frank Herbert's celebrated novel 'Dune,' with an expanded all-star ensemble cast. The film is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021's six-time Academy Award-winning DUNE. This second installment explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he unites with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. With Rebecca Ferguson, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, Stellan Skarsgård. DUNE: PART TWO (Denis Villeneuve, 2023 / PG / 166 mins) Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, he must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. [more]

Dune: Part Two

9:30pm - Saturday, Jun 8, 2024

"May thy knife chip and shatter." The saga continues as award-winning filmmaker Denis Villeneuve embarks on DUNE: PART TWO, the next chapter of Frank Herbert's celebrated novel 'Dune,' with an expanded all-star ensemble cast. The film is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2021's six-time Academy Award-winning DUNE. This second installment explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he unites with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen while on a path of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. With Rebecca Ferguson, Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, Stellan Skarsgård. "As a sequel, it works for the same reasons that make The Empire Strikes Back so many people’s favourite Star Wars film: there’s a darkness, a bleakness, that makes the fist-pumping moments feel all-the-more earned." (Time Out) "As different from the first film as [Ridley Scott's] Alien is to [James Cameron's] Aliens. Same stuff, totally different genre!" (NPR) "The second Dune instalment is jaw-on-the-floor spectacular. It elegantly weaves together top-tier special effects and arresting cinematography; it layers muscle, sinew and savagery on to the bones of Part One." (Observer UK) "Even as we marvel at the stunning and immersive and Oscar-level cinematography, editing, score, visual effects, production design and sound in Denis Villeneuve’s Part Two, we’re reminded at every turn that this is an absolutely crazy story..." (Chicago Sun-Times) Saturday, June 8 Movie 9:30 pm *Please arrive on time. As this film is screening as part of a double bill, the start time is. subject to change. Why not make is a DUNE Double Bill with DUNE: PART ONE at 6:15 pm here: https://riotheatretickets.ca/events/30364-dune-double-bill-parts-one-two DUNE: PART TWO (Denis Villeneuve, 2023 / PG / 166 mins) Paul Atreides unites with Chani and the Fremen while seeking revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the universe, he must prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. [more]

Burnaby ACE-IT Film & Broadcasting Program

7:00pm - Monday, Jun 10, 2024

Come celebrate with the Burnaby ACE-IT Film & Broadcasting Program as we present our screening for the 2023-2024 year. We are proud to feature short films created by emerging filmmakers from the secondary schools across the Burnaby School District. From daring dramas to terrifying thrillers, students have been working tirelessly from sunrise to midnight to put together a variety of films to present with you. This program has given students opportunities to grow as writers and filmmakers in a variety of roles, evolving from students and by learning from one another, teaching others,and becoming mentors. They have all grown both as filmmakers, artists, and individuals. Monday, June 10 Doors 6:30 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance tickets $12+ s/c | $15 at the door [more]

A Better Trip with Shane Mauss

7:30pm - Thursday, Jun 13, 2024

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

A Better Trip with Shane Mauss

7:30pm - Friday, Jun 14, 2024

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

Boksi Ko Ghar

12:30pm - Saturday, Jun 15, 2024

Boksi Ko Ghar Vancouver Nepalese Sports Club (VNSC) Yarsha BOKSI KO GHAR is about a Kathmandu journalist who investigates a witchcraft accusation in a remote village. She discovers the reasons behind the accusation, including superstitions and societal issues. As she learns more, she faces ethical and personal challenges, eventually revealing a complicated situation that affects both the accused person and the village. The plot Follows a journalist investigating a village woman accused of witchcraft, attempting to uncover the truth behind the false accusations. With Keki Adhikari, Swechya Raut, Shupala Sapkota, Rama Thapaliya. Saturday, June 15 Doors 12:00 pm | Movie 12:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. General Admission Tickets $20+ s/c | $22 at the door YARSHA Members Tickets $15+ s/c | $17 at the door *Please note: This film screens with a brief intermission. BOKSI KO GAUR (Sulakshyan Bharati, 2024 / 116 mins / NR / Nepali w. EST) [more]

The Rio Theatre Burlesque & Variety Show

9:00pm - Saturday, Jun 15, 2024

A copious cavalcade of top notch talent and captivating cabaret awaits at The Rio Theatre Burlesque and Variety Show on Saturday, June 15. Local luminary April O’Peel has curated a show full of wonder sure to dazzle and delight our fun loving audience. The theme is.... NO THEME. That’s right! The evening's roster of talented performers will each be performing one act of their choosing. What act will they decide to bring to The Rio Theatre Burlesque and Variety Show!? Find out on Saturday, June 15, as these stars align for one night only! Saturday, June 15 Doors at 8:00 pm | Show at 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Tickets $30+ s/c in advance | $35 at the door VIP $40 + s/c (Reserved seating in the first 3 rows, centre section) Featuring performances from: Brie Tannica Chris Myrdock Clare Voyeur Faetality Frisky Whiskey Gia Sangria Grace Galore Halena Lou Iggy Tart & Ruby Revel Homo Hardware Lady Chiffon Marshall Mallow & April O'Peel Miss Kiss Hosted by Dandy [more]

Chestnut

6:30pm - Friday, Jun 21, 2024

After graduating college, Annie is the only one of her friends who stayed behind in her small college city of Philadelphia for the summer. She has a good job lined up in LA come fall and is seemingly ready to make the leap, but things still feel unfinished. During this aimless in-between period, Annie finds herself entangled with Tyler, a woman she meets out at a bar one night, and Danny, Tyler's co-worker... or best friend... or more? Annie is never quite sure. CHESTNUT follows Annie through a summer of self-discovery as all three of them battle for unrequited connection, ultimately helping Annie find her voice in desire, independence, and the comfort in change. With Natalia Dyer, Rachel Keller, Danny Ramirez. Friday, June 21 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. CHESTNUT (Jac Cron, 2024 / 87 mins / NR) A recent graduate becomes entangled in a relationship with a man and a woman during her summer after college. [more]

I Saw the TV Glow

6:30pm - Friday, Jun 21, 2024

Teenager Owen is just trying to make it through life in the suburbs when his classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night TV show — a vision of a supernatural world beneath their own. In the pale glow of the television, Owen’s view of reality begins to crack. With Justice Smith, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Fred Durst, Danielle Deadwyler. "'Glow' blends the real and the surreal in a neon-drenched nightmare that leaves a trail of thematic breadcrumbs for its audience." (USA Today) "‘I Saw the TV Glow’ is about to become Gen-Z’s favorite cult movie... Filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun's addition to the midnight-movie canon starts with a shared love of a TV show — and then goes down the fandom rabbit hole" (Rolling Stone Magazine) "Director Jane Schoenbrun blurs the lines between reality and fantasy with an intoxicating, Lynchian flair." (Washington Post) "With all this talk of universal emotions and inherent hope, it is easy to lose track of the fact that I Saw the TV Glow is an unnerving and disarming genre film. It gets under the skin, and is a welcome disruption." (Rue Morgue) Friday, June 21 Doors 8:15 pm | Movie 8:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. I SAW THE TV GLOW (Jane Shoenbrun, 2024 / 100 mins / PG) Two teenagers bond over their love of a supernatural TV show, but it is mysteriously cancelled. [more]

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

10:30am - Saturday, Jun 22, 2024

Remember Saturday mornings...? The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party is returning to the Rio Theatre on Saturday, June 22 with an all-new lineup of retro TV goodness covered in sugary cereal. It's Volume III! Kids today may not realize the significance of the Saturday morning ritual, but once upon a time, we had to wait a whole week to get our cartoon fix, and when we got it, we tended to binge. Well – welcome to The Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party - that special time when kids and kids-at-heart get to relive the exciting Saturday Morning ritual of non-stop retro cartoons, and binge on the multi-colored sugary cereals that used to be a part of every “balanced” breakfast! The cartoon lineup is always a mystery, but expect to see monsters, sci-fi, sleuths, superheroes and all kinds of 2D silliness, both faves and obscurities spanning the '30s through the '90s, all punctuated with vintage commercials, PSAs and station IDs for a 3-hour trip down memory lane! So get ready for a sugar rush and an explosion of nostalgia all wrapped up in one candy-coated package. Curated by David Bertrand Dairy-free options available! Compostable bowls and spoons will be provided. We encourage guests to bring their own NON-BREAKABLE (ie, not ceramic) bowls and spoons. Saturday, June 22 Doors 10:00 am | Event 10:30 am *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $20 Balcony (General Admission) | $20 Kids Pricing (13 and under) | $14 [more]

Midsommar (Director's Cut)

9:00pm - Monday, Jun 24, 2024

From the visionary mind of Ari Aster (HEREDITARY, BEAU IS AFRAID) comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale, where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight... MIDSOMMAR remains one of our favourite arthouse horror films of the past few years... What better way to pay homage to the start of summer than with a screening of this modern horror classic than with this particular work of nightmare fuel? Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. With Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor. "'Midsommar' is a dark horror (though shot in bright sunlight), full of disturbing images that will follow you home and possibly inhabit your nightmares." (The National Post) "'Midsommar' isn't just a great horror movie... It is also one of the best movies ever made about living with mental illness." (Salon.com) Monday, June 24 Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. MIDSOMMAR (Ari Aster, 2019 / 151 mins / 18A / In English & Swedish with subtitles) A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult. [more]

The Critical Hit Show: A #DND Live Improvised Epic Fantasy

7:00pm - Wednesday, Jun 26, 2024

The live, smash hit epic comedy THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW returns to the Rio Theatre's stage for another night of improv comedy gold on Wednesday, June 26. Prepare yourself for more monsters, medieval mirth, merriment, and... snacks. Now in its 12th year, THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW is bone fide East Van staple. Some of the City's best comedic performers grace the stage in a night featuring intrepid players on a gallant quest for comedy glory (and more snacks!) in a hilariously epic adventure. Spanning over 100 live performances in both Canada and the United States, two years of “at-home” streaming, and frequent festival appearances, THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW is one of the longest running comedy shows around. #DNDLive is an improvised adventure that takes its inspiration from tabletop role-playing games, fantasy film and TV, and (most importantly) you! Whether you’re a longtime fan, you’ve been enjoying our live streamed shows, or you’re brand new to THE CRITICAL HIT SHOW - you’re going to have a great time. Wednesday, June 26 Doors 6:15 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Please arrive on time. Start time subject to change. Advance tickets $17 +s/c | $20 at the door 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 Ellen MacNevin as Belle Strummer, the Half-Elf Ranger Allen Morrison as Spitz Lube’n, the Human Wizard Shaun Stewart as Brask Hellbeard, the Dwarf Bard More monsters! More Magic! More Mayhem! More Off-Brand soda! X: @critshow www.criticalhitshow.com www.facebook.com/dndlive [more]

James LIVE!

8:00pm - Sunday, Jun 30, 2024

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch legendary Bangladeshi singer-songwriter, guitarist and composer James, for a live performance in an intimate setting on Sunday, June 30. A renowned multi-instrumentalist and solo icon in his home country, he came to prominence in the band Nagar Baul ("Feelings"). He is an iconic rock star whose music transcends generations in Bangladesh, and beyond Known by many in his home country as "Guru," James is renowned for his soulful melodies and electrifying performances, and has carved a permanent place in the hearts of Bengalis everywhere. His music resonates not only in Bangladesh but also across borders, reaching admirers in neighboring countries like India. James is more than just a rockstar; he is a cultural icon, revered by fans for his authenticity,passion, and unwavering commitment to his craft. Sunday, June 30 Doors 6:30 pm | Event 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (General Admission) Tickets $130+ s/c | $135 at the door Main Floor (General Admission) Tickets $140+ s/c | $145 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating / Rows E-O) $140+ s/c | $145 at the door [more]

Surface of Blood

6:30pm - Tuesday, Jul 9, 2024

By filmmakers Logan Charron, Michael Tinsley, and Maria Pashkovsky comes a hilarious criminal dance covered in blood. A story of crime, commitment, and danger told through the ludicrous perspectives of incompetent people. What if an important deal was in the hands of the only ones who suck at their job? Moira Lennon, the lead tech designer at Blutarq Industries is attending a sales call at an unlikely venue to present a new military unit. Upon her arrival, her patience is put to the test as the buyers attempt to conduct the sale differently from what was expected. Weaving her way through an overwhelming display of incompetence and distasteful flirting, Moira is left to fend for herself as the weapons deal goes wrong. Not only will she not be able to rely on her comrades, but the night will only tell what she'll have to endure. The stakes are high and blood will be spilled. Starring Tiara Chanel Sehn, Omer Aubin, Michael Palmer, Gareth Rees, Eoin Ward, Elaine Thrash, Hudson Williams, Lucas John Ng. Tuesday, July 9 Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Advance tickets $12+ s/c | $15 at the door SURFACE OF BLOOD (Logan Charron, Michael Tinsley, and Maria Pashkovsky / 2024 / 90 mins) [more]

Joe Pera: The Peras Tour

7:00pm - Thursday, Jul 18, 2024

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

Idol Worship: An Evening with Mink Stole & Peaches Christ

7:00pm - Saturday, Aug 3, 2024

An intimate, revelatory, and heartfelt cabaret show starring living legend and cult film icon Mink Stole alongside San Francisco drag impresario, filmmaker Peaches Christ. Mink and Peaches have been close friends for over two decades, and they would like you to join them for an evening of storytelling, film clips and live song in a wildly entertaining and uncensored exposé that is as hilarious as it is revealing. If you're a fan of John Waters' films, Divine, drag history, or cult movies, you don't want to miss this one-of-a-kind event. Saturday, August 3 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Early Bird Tickets $45+ s/c (Limited Number Available Until May 19) Balcony (General Admission) Tickets $40+ s/c | $45 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) Tickets $50+ s/c | $55 at the door VIP Ticket Package $75+ s/c | $80 at the door (Includes a post-show meet and greet / photo with Mink & Peaches, priority seating in rows 1-5 centre section, and a signed commemorative poster) Tickets for this event go on sale Friday, April 5 @ 10:00 am. Mink Stole Mink Stole is best known for her work with filmmaker John Waters, with whom she has created the iconic characters of Connie Marble in Pink Flamingos, Taffy Davenport in Female Trouble, and Dottie Hinkle in Serial Mom, to name a few. Other film roles include Nancy, the mother of a lesbian, in But I’m A Cheerleader, and Evelyn the librarian in All About Evil, written and directed by Joshua Grannell, aka Peaches Christ. Mink was Peaches’ first live celebrity guest at the legendary Midnight Mass and they have performed together many times since, notably in Return to Grey Gardens, and their two-woman show, Idol Worship. With her Wonderful Band, Mink has released a CD, Do Re MiNK. Peaches Christ Peaches Christ is a filmmaker, event producer and cult leader living in San Francisco. She produces and hosts events in partnership with PolyArts Management for symphony orchestras and her holiday show annually plays London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Peaches is a filmmaker, the alter- ego of Joshua Grannell, writer and director of the feature film All About Evil. Joshua is the co-owner of the Into The Dark production company which produces immersive theater, including the popular Terror Vault show at the historic San Francisco Mint building. Peaches has appeared in many films and television shows during her career and co-hosts the cult movie podcast, Midnight Mass. [more]

Sammy Obeid: Permanent Ceasefire

7:00pm - Friday, Aug 23, 2024

Following two sold out performances at the Rio Theatre in January, The East Van Laugh RioT is pleased to welcome comedian Sammy Obeid back to the stage – with all-new material! – on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. Friday, August 23 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Early Bird Tickets $40+ s/c (Until May 26) Balcony (General Admission) $38 + s/c | $43 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $45+ s/c | $50 at the door VIP Meet n’ Greet (Rows 2-6, centre section) $60+ s/c | $65 at the door VVIP Meet n’ Greet (Front Row, centre section) $70+ s/c | $75 at the door Group Ticket Pricing (Minimum 4 / Online only) $40+ s/c Lebanese-Palestinian American and born in Oakland California, Sammy Obeid double-majored in Business and Mathematics at UC Berkeley and then turned down a job at Google to be a comedian. Now the host of 100 Humans on Netflix, he’s also appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and America’s Got Talent, as well as TBS’s Conan, and is best known for his world record of performing comedy 1,001 nights in a row, a story featured in both Time Magazine and The New York Times. Connect on Instagram @sammyobeid Connect on Facebook Connect on TikTok @sammyobeidthem Connect on X @sammyobeid [more]

Sammy Obeid: Permanent Ceasefire

6:00pm - Saturday, Aug 24, 2024

Following two sold out performances at the Rio Theatre in January, The East Van Laugh RioT is pleased to welcome comedian Sammy Obeid back to the stage – with all-new material! – on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. Saturday, August 24 Doors 5:00 pm | Show 6:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Early Bird Tickets $40+ s/c (Until May 26) Balcony (General Admission) $38 + s/c | $43 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $45+ s/c | $50 at the door VIP Meet n’ Greet (Rows 2-6, centre section) $60+ s/c | $65 at the door VVIP Meet n’ Greet (Front Row, centre section) $70+ s/c | $75 at the door Group Ticket Pricing (Minimum 4 / Online only) $40+ s/c Lebanese-Palestinian American and born in Oakland California, Sammy Obeid double-majored in Business and Mathematics at UC Berkeley and then turned down a job at Google to be a comedian. Now the host of 100 Humans on Netflix, he’s also appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and America’s Got Talent, as well as TBS’s Conan, and is best known for his world record of performing comedy 1,001 nights in a row, a story featured in both Time Magazine and The New York Times. Connect on Instagram @sammyobeid Connect on Facebook Connect on TikTok @sammyobeidthem Connect on X @sammyobeid [more]

David Nihill: Shelf Help

7:00pm - Saturday, Nov 30, 2024

Irish comedian David Nihill graces the Rio Theatre's stage on Saturday, November 30 with his new show, "Shelf Help." Saturday, November 30 Doors 6:00 pm | Event 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony Seating (General Admission) $27+ s/c | $32 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Admission) $37+ s/c | $42 at the door Tickets on sale March 28 @ 10:00 am Leaving Dublin, Ireland where he was born and raised until the age of 22, David got drunk on travel and never quite hit sobriety of it. He has lived and worked in twelve countries and visited over seventy. His shows draw on his wide travels, cultural observations, attempts at language study, (occasional) international drinking session(s) and being a mildly confused immigrant. David is the winner of the prestigious annual San Francisco Comedy Competition, (previous finalists include Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Dana Carvey) and runner-up in the Moth’s largest US Grandslam storytelling competition. Also a bestselling writer, David recorded his debut special for Dry Bar Comedy in 2019 and has been featured on TED.com, Sirius XM, Just For Laughs, The Irish Independent, Inc, NPR, and the Huffington Post among others. A festival favorite, David's videos have also gone viral many times over with over 400 million views and a social following of over 1.5 million people. [more]

Jeff Dye LIVE!

7:00pm - Friday, Dec 6, 2024

The East Van Laugh RioT welcomes comedian Jeff Dye to the Rio Theatre's stage on Friday, December 6. Friday, December 6 Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time. Balcony (General Admission) $35+ s/c | $40 at the door Main Floor (Assigned Seating) $35+ s/c | $40 at the door About Jeff Dye Jeff Dye is a nationally touring comedian, actor, and host. Jeff shot over 100 episodes of a new FOX game show called "Who the Bleep is that?" and is currently filming his new comedy special, "The Last Cowboy in LA." Jeff starred in NBC's comedy adventure series "Better Late Than Never" and can be seen on episodes of "I Can See Your Voice" and "The Masked Singer" on Fox. Dye has performed multiple times on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and has his own "Comedy Central Presents" special. In previous years, he has starred on numerous TV projects, including "Money from Strangers," "Girl Code," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," NBC's "I Can Do That," "Better Late Than Never," "That bAwkward Game Show" and numerous others. Jeff's last 2 albums "Dumb is Gooder" and "Live from Madison" is playing on Sirius XM and both are top 10 albums on the Billboard Comedy Charts. Jeff is a recurring guest on "The Greg Gutfeld Show" where he has received praise for his raw unfiltered comedic viewpoint, bringing a new style of edge and honesty. Dye's passion is bringing love and positivity through laughter WHILE maintaining truth to everyone he encounters. Connect with Jeff: FACEBOOK: @JeffDye TWITTER: @JeffDye INSTAGRAM: @JeffDye YOUTUBE: Jeff Dye [more]

Gift Certificate: Single Movie Pass

Share the love! Support the Rio Theatre in 2024

This Rio Theatre gift certificate is good for entry to any single regular film screening. [more]

Gift Certificate: Movie Pass For Two & Concession

Share the love! Support the Rio Theatre in 2024

This Rio Theatre gift certificate is good for entry for two people to any single, regular screening and includes two medium popcorn bags, two medium fountain beverages, and two small candies. [more]

Gift Certificate: Single Movie Pass & Concession

Share the love! Support the Rio Theatre in 2024

This Rio Theatre gift certificate is good for entry to any single regular screening and includes one medium popcorn, one medium fountain beverage, and one small candy. [more]