The Exorcist

Friday, October 30 at 11:59pm

The Power of Christ compels you!

Four decades after its release, director William Friedkin’s supernatural horror classic THE EXORCIST still remains one of the most frightening films ever made. Based on the hugely popular novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty (who also wrote the screenplay), the film was both a massive commercial and critical success, garnering an impressive ten Academy Award nominations (including Best Picture).

Friday, October 30
Doors 11:30 | Movie 11:59
Advanced tickets $6 / $8 at the door

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

THE EXORCIST (William Friedkin, 1973 / 122 mins / R) 12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.

The Shining, Halloween + From Dusk Till Dawn (special marathon)

Saturday, October 31 at 6pm

As much as Halloween is a celebration of all things goblins, ghouls, ghosts n' glitter, it's also one of the highest holy days on the calendar for horror movie-lovers to dedicate to some seriously hardcore binge-watching. Spend your Halloween with us and a triple bill of classics featuring Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING, John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, and Robert Rodriguez' FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. All ages welcome in the balcony and costumes are highly encouraged, because... it's Halloween, people!

THE SHINING - Movie 6:00

HALLOWEEN - Movie 9:15


*Each film $8 advance or in costume / $10 door

**Catch all three for $13 advance / $15 door

Advanced tickets available at

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

Based on the novel THE SHINING by Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick's work is regarded as a work of true cinematic genius. Featuring remarkable performances from a solid cast (Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers), THE SHINING is best enjoyed on the big screen.

THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick, 1980 / 18A) | A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.


"Trick or treat... or die." John Carpenter's iconic HALLOWEEN (1978) made a star out of Jamie Lee Curtis and a pop-culture icon out of Michael Myers.

HALLOWEEN (John Carpenter, 1978 / 91 mins / 18A) | A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, escapes and stalks a bookish teenage girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets.


Since its release in 1996, director Robert Rodriguez' vampiresque FROM DUSK TILL DAWN - which falls somewhere in squarely in the comedy-horror-action-crime genre - has grown into a total cult classic. Quentin Tarantino (who penned the script) does double duty here alongside George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, And Danny Trejo.

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (Robert Rodriguez, 108 mins / 1996) | Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results.

Under The Volcano

Sunday, November 1 at 3:30pm

Adapted from author Malcolm Lowry’s novel (widely regarded as one of the best works of literature of the 20th Century) of the same name, legendary director John Huston’s adaptation of UNDER THE VOLCANO stars Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset and Anthony Andrews.

Sunday, November 1
Doors 3:00pm | Movie 3:30pm
Tickets $8 advance / $10 at the door

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

UNDER THE VOLCANO (John Huston, 1984 / 112 mins / 18A) | Set against the outbreak of World War 2 and Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a day in the life of an alcoholic British consul whose self-destructive behaviour is metaphorically intertwined with the unsettled, shifting state of civilization and his own crumbling marriage.

The 17th Annual Animation Show Of Shows

Sunday, November 1 at 6:30pm

The Rio Theatre is pleased to present the acclaimed ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS – for the first time ever in Vancouver!

Now in its 17th year, THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS is one of the world’s top animated short film compilations, prized by industry professionals, students, and fans (annually packing the 6500-seat theater at Comic-Con). Event producer, curator and animation expert Ron Diamond (who will be joining us in person on November 1!) has scouted 37 Oscar nominees and 14 winners from around the globe, and for the first year is bringing the collection to audiences in select cities. Also included are engaging short profiles of several of the animators. Included in this exquisite collection of animated shorts are films by talented filmmakers such as Don Hertzfeldt, Amanda Palmer and many, many more. A full list of the program is below.

Sunday, November 1
Doors 6:00 | Show 6:30 pm

Tickets $15 advance or $20 at the door

**Minors permitted. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Sorry, Groupons and passes will not be accepted at this show.

(2015, Janette Goodey and John Lewis, Australia, 8 min.) | A whimsical story about living an impractical life based on a childhood promise.

(2014, Geoffrey Godet and Burcu Sankur, France, 4 min.) | Based on a poem by Jacques Prévert.

(2015, Conor Whelan, Ireland, 5 min.) | An anxious young man has a moving experience at a friend’s house party.

(2015, Lynn Tomlinson, USA, 5 min.) | Animated clay paintings tell the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay.

(2013, Thomas Bourdis, Martin de Coudenhove, Caroline Domergue, Colin Laubry, and Florian Vecchione, France, 8 min.) | In the early years of the 20th century, two climbers make the traditional ascent, carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary to the top of the mountain. Their trip does not go according to plan.

(2015, Amanda Palmer and Avi Ofer, USA, 3 min.) | An imaginative animated short created from a found voice memo, “Behind the Trees” features Amanda Palmer’s reflections on the curious things her husband – Neil Gaiman – mutters while he sleeps.

(2014, Konstantin Bronzit, Russia, 16 min.) | Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.

(2015, Isabel Favez, Switzerland, 7 min.) | A young woman has a secret: she is in love with her neighbor, a boxer. Thanks to her cat’s adventures, she will have closer contact with her love.

(2014, Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano, USA/Australia, 10 min.) | Melissa Johnson hit 6′ 4″ in 8th grade. This made her an instant basketball star, but…

(2015, Babek Nekooei and Behnoud Nekooei, Iran, 4 min.) | At a massive factory, the workers have all been given one simple instruction: paint stripes on the boxes. The work is getting done in the usual, monotonous way… that is until one of the workers decides to paint his boxes a little differently.

(2015, Don Hertzfeldt, USA, 17 min.) | A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

• LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS, directed by Melissa Johnson and Robertino Zambrano

• WORLD OF TOMORROW, directed by Don Hertzfeldt

Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes

Wednesday, November 4 at 7pm

Directed by 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films winner Kahlil Joseph, THE REFLEKTOR TAPES is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s international #1 album 'Reflektor.'

The film re-contextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breath-taking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London.

THE REFLEKTOR TAPES blends never before seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.

Wednesday, November 4
Doors 6:30 | Movie 7:00

Advance tickets $10 / $12 at the door

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

THE REFLEKTOR TAPES (Kahlil Jospeh, 2015 / 75 mins / PG) A blend of interviews, concert footage, and personal moments chronicle the making of the band Arcade Fire's album, Reflektor. Featuring Win Butler, Régine Chassagne, and other members of Arcade Fire.

Talent Time: Games Night

Thursday, November 5 at 8pm

For the last 6 months, I’ve been obsessed with some game shows. Mostly Talk About, Supermarket Sweep and the Family Feud. So, to my surprise, last week in a nasty mountain of stuff at the back of a thrift store, I found the Family Feud home game!! I took it as a sign.

⚑ ⚑ THUR NOV 5th ⚑ ⚑
1660 E Broadway @ Commercial.
$10 in advance ✉
$12 at the door ✉
7pm Doors / 8pm Show
♥ 19+ w/ID for bar service. All ages Balcony!
This episode features…

We will have one team made up of past guests (including members of the Sunday Service & comedian Graham Clark) and one team made up from the audience. We will play for cash & prizes! We will have an authentic-looking “survey says” scoreboard on the big screen! Paul will play a cross between Steve Harvey and the old perv that kissed every young lady on the lips.

Sophie Buddle is one of Canada’s fastest rising stars. She has toured all across Canada, performed at the Northwest Comedy Fest, Vancouver International Comedy Fest, Zoofest, and most recently, the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal: all before her twenty-first birthday. She’s a regular at the Comedy Mix and tours around BC constantly.

Ava is a precocious powerhouse who has raised over $1,000,000 for charitable causes through her performing. She will sing a pop song she wrote, sure to get your booty twerkin. She loves spiders and hates mosquitos. This talented kid also sings fluently in Chinese Mandarin, Russian, French, Italian and German.

These guys live shred the music of retro video games while performing to a timed-out video display. What more can you say? If you ever played any video games EVER, these guys will light up that kid inside.


✔- Co-host: RYAN BEIL!
✔- Your chance to win $100!
✔- More!

“There’s no funner night out than the monthly Talent Time.” – – The Georgia Straight

“Talent Time is the most innovative, raucus, totally silly and inspired show I have seen in years. Watching it is like freebasing sheer fun!”
– – Matthew Hays, Globe & Mail/CBC Arts Online

“A cult phenomenon that’s been flying under the radar…since 2008. A true comedy original. Talent Time defies genre. You have to experience it to truly appreciate it.” – Guy MacPherson, The Georgia Straight

Long Form Burlesque

Friday, November 6 at 9pm

Celebrating its Fourth Anniversary!

Six of Vancouver’s most celebrated burlesque performers return to the Rio Theatre's stage on Friday, November 6th for Burlesque Long Form. In an artistic challenge set by producer and performer April O’Peel, local luminaries will have one chance to perform a full ten minute act.

Will the performers be able to please, tease and captivate their audience for a full ten minutes? Expect outlandish props, projections, and over the top narratives as a stunning variety of unique and spectacular burlesque performers push the boundaries in Burlesque Long Form!

Friday, November 6
Doors at 8:00 PM | Show at 9:00PM

Tickets $20 advance / $25 at the door
**Sorry, Groupons and passes not accepted for this show.
**Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service




Doors at 8:00 PM Show at 9:00PM


Harold And Maude

Friday, November 6 at 11:59pm

“They were meant to be. But exactly what they were meant to be is not quite clear.”

Hal Ashby’s HAROLD AND MAUDE has got to be one of the most unconventional love stories ever, which is one of the main reasons that is has remained a crowd-pleaser (and one of our most frequently requested titles!) ever since. The other reason? The phenomenal chemistry between Bud Court (Harold) and the always enchanting Ruth Gordon (Maude), who turn in magnetic performances in this sweet and outrageously funny coming-of-age story about a wealthy, death-obsessed young man whose life is changed forever when he meets a much (much) older woman at a funeral.

Friday, November 6
Doors 11:30 / Movie 11:59

Tickets $6 advance / $8 at the door

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

HAROLD AND MAUDE (Hal Ashby, 1971 / 91 mins / PG) | Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.

David Gogo Live

Saturday, November 7 at 8pm

David Gogo is coming to the Rio Saturday November 7th

Doors 7pm, Show 8pm

Tickets $20 in advance/ $25 at the door
+19 with 2 pieces of ID for entry + access to full bar with in-seat service!

Tickets also at Zulu, Beat Merchant, Neptoon,
Red Cat and High Life Record Stores

For more information contact Ron Simmonds of the Canadian Pacific Blues Society

Here's what David has to say about the new album:

"Hey, hey! The big day is finally here! The official release of Vicksburg Call. Over the past month we have been sending copies to the media and previewing the new material at our live shows and the reaction has been amazing! The band and I are very proud of this release and can't wait to work as many of the new songs as possible into our repertoire and get out there in that land and play 'em for you!"

Early Reviews for Vicksburg Call

"The upbeat, high energy songs continue through the whole album... I was instantly hooked... if you have a chance to see him at any of his upcoming tour dates, don't hesitate." - Canadian Beats

"Posessed of first-rate chops and pipes, British Columbian blues rocker David Gogo ups the ante... Seriously smokin' fretwork is abundant throughout." - Roots Music Report

"Vicksburg Call contains some of his best songwriting to date - it may even be THE album of his career... it isn't just a great blues album, it's one of the best discs I've heard all year, period." - The Record Box / Gonzo Online

New Video for Coulda Shoulda Woulda

We've also released the third video of the three part series introducing some of the songs on the album. This video is for Coulda Shoulda Woulda.


Friday, November 13 at 11:55pm

Be careful what you wish for…

Director Penny Marshall’s (LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY) sweet and hilarous comedy BIG is one of the most beloved coming-of-age films of the 1980s, and helped to catapult Tom Hanks into a whole other level of fame thanks to his phenomenol Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning performance as a kid trapped in the body of a grown-up. Also starring Elizabeth Perkins, Robert Loggia, and Mercedes Ruehl.

Friday, November 13
Doors 11:30 | Movie 11:55

Tickets $6 advance/ $8 at the door

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

BIG (Penny Marshall, 1998 / 104 mins) | When a boy wishes to be big at a magic wish machine, he wakes up the next morning and finds himself in an adult bod