Donnie Darko (2020 Restoration)

Donnie Darko (2020 Restoration)

9:30pm - Sunday, Sep 20, 2020

"Sometimes, I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."

Before STRANGER THINGS combined science fiction, Spielbergian touches and ‘80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the high-water mark with this debut feature. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium.

In a funny, moving and distinctly mind-bending journey through suburban America, one extraordinary but disenchanted teenager is about to take Time's Arrow for a ride. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny. Also starring Jena Mallone, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore Patrick Swayze and a giant bunny.

Described by its director as ''The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick'', DONNIE DARKO stars both Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jena Mallone, Mary McDonnell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze and a giant bunny.

“If revisiting an old movie is a bit like going back in time, that sense of disorientation is doubled in DONNIE DARKO. A haunted miasma of youthful alienation, suburban malaise, cosmic upheaval and 1980s pop-cultural infatuation, writer-director Richard Kelly’s captivatingly strange 2001 debut plays more than ever like its own suspended-in-time artifact.” (Justin Chang, L.A. Times)

"A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references." (

Sunday, September 20 - Final screening!
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change
Tickets $15 advance | $15 at the door

DONNIE DARKO (Richard Kelly, 2001 / 113 mins / 18A) Donnie Darko, an awkward teenager, befriends Frank, a figure in a bunny costume only he can see, who informs Donnie that the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds.

Restoration courtesy of Arrow Video and the American Genre Film Archive.

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: We've made some changes as part of our re-opening!!

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All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

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September Ticket Promo

Happy September! Get two tickets to any single regular Rio Theatre screening for $20. (Promo tickets must be purchased in multiples of two, can't be combined with any other offer, and are only available for purchase online.)

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