Friday, August 28 at 11:59pm

“I am your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.”

Join us at the Rio for our Friday Night Late Night Movie Night:

Aug 28th

Tickets $6 advance / $8 door

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

Doors 11:30pm | Movie 11:59pm

When iconic comic legend (that’s not an overstatement) Mel Brooks took aim at parodying the biggest sci-fi movie franchise ever (that’s not an overstatement, either) the result was SPACEBALLS, an epically hilarious comedy that was embraced by movie-lovers of all genres. Featuring an all-star cast including Brooks himself, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Bill Pullman, Daphne Zuniga, Joan Rivers, John Hurt, and Jim J. Bullock.

SPACEBALLS (Mel Brooks, 1987 / 96 minutes) | Planet Spaceball’s President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal Planet Druidia’s abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.


Sunday, August 30 at 7pm

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

Special Guests will be the Harpdog Brown Traveling Blues Show.

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

Doors 6 pm Show 7 pm

Tickets $20 advance $25 door

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

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

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

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

at 604 736 7931 or


Monday, August 31 at 6:45pm

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

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

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

Advance Ticket to just the Movie: $15

Ticket to Movie at Door: $18

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

The Weirdo Hero

Monday, August 31 at 9:30pm

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

Doors 9pm/ Movie 9:30pm

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

Tickets $12 in advance/ $15 at the door

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

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

NOT THE BEES! A Burlesque Tribute To Nicolas Cage

Wednesday, September 2 at 8pm

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

Sept 2nd
Doors at 7; show at 8

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

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

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

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

Featuring some of Vancouver’s biggest nerdlesque names!

Performers to be announced soon.

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

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

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

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

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

Improv Against Humanity: Live and Unsanctioned

Wednesday, September 16 at 8pm

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

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

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

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

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

Official Hashtag: #IAHatRIO



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

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

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

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


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


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