Rocky Horror Picture Show + The Room Double Bill

Friday, April 18 at 7pm

So many spoons… So much rice. This could be the messiest double bill in the history of repertory cinema.

Doors 6:00pm / Movie 7:00pm
Tickets $8 advance / $10 door | $13 Double Bill
*Rocky welcomes sweet transvestites of all ages. Bar service strictly limited to 19+ only with 2 pieces of ID.

Doors 9:00pm / Movie 9:30pm
Tickets $8 advance / $10 door | $13 Double Bill
19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

**Sweet Double Bill Pricing!** See both for $13 advance / $15 door

Oh, hai. Joins us at the Rio Theatre for a sweet double bill featuring two of the biggest cult-classic films of all time in prime time, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (all ages!) and THE ROOM on Friday, April 18. See both for $13 advanced/$15 door!

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Jim Sharman, 1975) | Let’s do the Time Warp… Again. | Join us for a prime time screening of one of the most beloved of all cult-classic movies, ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.’ Sweet Transvestites of all ages welcome! Get ready to have some fun with Brad, Janet, Dr. Frank-n-Furter and the rest of the weird and wonderful Transylvanians. Starring Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf.

THE ROOM (Tommy Wiseau, 2003) | You will laugh. You will cry. You will wonder, “What in the hell is going on?” | If you haven’t attended ‘The Room’ at a theatre with an audience by now, you are missing out on a (truly!) one-of-a-kind cinema experience. Once upon a time, an inexperienced actor/director/writer/producer named Tommy Wiseau set out to film a serious drama about relationships… but when the film premiered at a theatre in Los Angeles in 2003, the audience was instead rolling over with laughter ten minutes in. That historic first screening was the catalyst that transformed ‘The Room’ into the enormous cult smash hit that it is today.

Half Baked - Friday Late Night

Friday, April 18 at 11:30pm

The Rio Theatre and Black Dog Video are pleased to present stoner comedy Half Baked.

Doors 11:00pm / Movie 11:30pm.
Tickets $6 in advance or in costume / $8 at the door

*19+ with bar service; two pieces of ID required.

The story of three not so bright men who come up with a series of crazy schemes to get a friend out of jail. Starring Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams and Guillermo Díaz.

HELL OF A GIRL: The Release Jeff Gladstone's Debut CD Release Theatrical Concert

Saturday, April 19 at 8pm

HELL OF A GIRL: The Release
Jeff Gladstone's Debut CD Release Theatrical Concert featuring The Bad Ideas and special guests!

Saturday, April 19th
The Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver MAP
Doors: 8:00pm
Show: 9:00pm
Advance Tickets: $17 (includes CD), $12 (ticket only)

At The Door: $20 (includes CD), $15 (ticket only)

What happens when an actor writes a musical album? An album release performance of theatrical proportions!

The story goes – there is a legendary woman, beloved of an assortment of songwriters through the ages, who broke so many hearts, destroyed so many men, and the only record of her is a series of lost songs dedicated to her. But who was she?

Hell Of A Girl: The Release will take the audience through the strange lives and mysterious deaths of a string of fictitious songwriters from country blues of 1915, to a german cabaret in 1941, to a rockabilly band in 1954, ending with a 70’s funk dance party.

Jeff Gladstone and The Bad Ideas weave together songs about forbidden love and lost minds, with Steve Charles (The Fugitives) on guitar, Todd Biffard (Maria In The Shower) on drums, and Tyson Naylor on piano. Other musicians to be featured in the show include Onalea Gilbertson (One Yellow Rabbit), Kelly Haigh & The Murderbirds (featuring Jimmy Roy & Patrick Metzger), Bruce Horak (Assassinating Thomson), Catriona Murphy (Mary Poppins) and many more!

Who is Jeff Gladstone? – Jeff Gladstone is a renaissance man: an acclaimed actor (nominated for Jessie Richardson awards for writing and acting), improvisor (nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award) and a musician releasing his first full length CD, Hell Of A Girl!

On April 19 enter the world of Cowboy Noir.

“Jeff is the only person I’ve seen who can flirt with the entire audience at once.”
- Catriona Murphy, actor & violinist

“They’re like shaky junkie tunes, like you might leap off the stage and attack us.”
- Al Willows, actor & drummer

The National's Mistaken for Strangers

Sunday, April 20 at 7pm

Hailed by Michael Moore as "one of the best documentaries about a band that I've ever seen" and by Pitchfork as "the funniest, most meta music movie since SPINAL TAP," MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a truly hilarious, unusual, and moving film about two brothers, Matt (lead singer of The National) and Tom Berninger.

Opening Monday, April 14
April 14th 9:00pm
April 17th 7:00pm
April 20th 7:00pm

Tickets $8 in advance or with students ID/$10 door
19+ w/ bar service. Please bring two pieces of ID.

Matt, the lead singer of the critically acclaimed rock band The National, finally finds himself flush with success. His younger brother, Tom, is a loveable slacker - a filmmaker and metal-head still living with his parents in Cincinnati. On the eve of The National's biggest tour to date, Matt invites Tom to work for the band as a roadie, unaware of Tom's plan to film the entire adventure.

What starts as a rock documentary soon becomes a surprisingly honest portrait of a charged relationship between two brothers, and the frustration of unfulfilled creative ambitions.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - 4/20 at The Rio

Sunday, April 20 at 9:30pm

On 420, all the herbal could make you tired...
But whatever you do, don't fall asleep.

It's the 30th Anniversary of Wes Craven's original A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET this year. The Rio is pleased to present a special screening of this iconic slasher classic on Sunday, April 20 (420) with our friends from Rue Morgue Magazine. Prizes and swag galore! And don't forget to dress up...

1) A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. You need to see it on the big screen.
2) 420. Freddy Krueger. That is all. It's everything.
3) Because this is Johnny Depp's first movie.
4) Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger) will be at FanExpo Vancouver over the weekend! Show us your ticket stub/bracelet from FanExpo and get $2 off the door.
5) Wes Craven, yo.
6) Since Monday is a holiday, so you can stay up late for a scary movie.

Doors 9:00pm
Movie (and more!) 9:30pm

Tickets $8 advance/$10 door
*Show us your FanExpo bracelet/ticket stub and get $2 off door price!

All tickets 19+ w/bar service. Please bring proper ID.

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (Wes Craven, 1984) In the dreams of his victims, a spectral child murderer stalks the children of the members of the lynch mob that killed him. Starring Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund.

Throne & Games: CutThroat Improv inspired by Game of Thrones

Wednesday, April 23 at 8pm

Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm

Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the door
Advance tickets:

19+ only with bar service. Please bring 2 pieces of ID.

Laughter is coming... this spring to the Rio Theatre. On April 23, journey with The Fictionals Comedy Co. on a comedy adventure of CutThroat proportions. Inspired by HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Fire And Ice, we present THRONE AND GAMES!

The Iron Throne of Westeros sits empty, as several noble houses wage civil war for the right to be king. Though swords are the weapons of choice in the book and tv show, Throne And Game players will battle with cutting wit in a competitive improv show.

Will Rob Stark and Lady Stark claim the throne, The Lannisters reign supreme, or Khaleesi and Jorah rule over all? YOU, the old gods and the new, will decide once and for all (at least for this first show), so come on down to the Rio Theatre and make your voice heard!

This show is perfect for both huge fans of Game Of Thrones, and those who have never seen the show but are curious about the pop-culture phenomenon. Plus come dressed up in your finest Game of Thrones costumes and be prepared with your trivia knowledge for a chance to win some sweet prizes!


Here's what people are saying about The Fictionals!

"Some day I'm going to put a sword through their eyes and out the back of their skulls." - Arya Stark

"Those are brave men and women performing onstage. Let's go kill them!" - Tyrion

"Hodor." - Hodor


Warning: may contain mature themes, sexual content and spoilers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Finding Vivian Maier

Thursday, April 24 at 9:30pm

An intriguing documentary film which traces the life story of accomplished photographer Vivian Maier.
A mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never
The Rio Theatre is pleased to present FINDING VIVIAN before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her. An exhibition of Maier’s work is on display in November at New York’s Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Thurs April 24th 9:30pm

Tickets $8 advance / $10 door

19+ only with bar service. Please bring two pieces of ID.

DUNE Squared: Jodorowsky's DUNE + David Lynch's Dune

Friday, April 25 at 6:45pm

It's the DUNE double bill you've been waiting your whole life for.

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present a double bill of Frank Pavich's acclaimed new documentary JODOROWSKY'S DUNE followed by David Lynch's epic fantasy DUNE on Friday, April 25. Double bill pricing in effect! See both for $12 (advanced) or $15 (door).

Doors 6:15
Movie 6:45
Tickets $8 advance/$10 door

DUNE (1984)
Doors 8:00
Movie 8:30
Tickets $6 advanced/$8 door

*All tickets 19+ w/ bar service. Please bring proper ID

JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (Frank Pavich, 2013) | The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.

DUNE (David Lynch, 1984) | A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule. Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen.

House (1977) Japanese Cult Horror ~ Friday Late Night

Friday, April 25 at 11:30pm

The Rio Theatre and Black Dog Video are pleased to present Japanese cult horror "House" (Hausu).

Doors 11:00pm / Movie 11:30pm

Tickets $6 in advance or in costume | $8 door

*19+ with bar service; 2 pieces of ID required

How to describe Nobuhiko Obayashi’s indescribable 1977 movie House (Hausu)? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby-Doo as directed by Mario Bava? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home and comes face-to-face with evil spirits, a demonic house cat, a bloodthirsty piano, and other ghoulish visions, all realized by Obayashi via mattes, animation, and collage effects. Equally absurd and nightmarish, House might have been beamed to Earth from some other planet.

Jodorowsky's Dune

Monday, April 28 at 9:30pm

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present Frank Pavich's acclaimed new documentary JODOROWSKY'S DUNE.


Tickets $8 advance/$10 door

*All tickets 19+ w/ bar service. Please bring proper ID.

JODOROWSKY'S DUNE (Frank Pavich, 2013) | The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky's ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.