Purple Rain (Prince's Birthday Party)

Purple Rain (Prince's Birthday Party)

9:45pm - Wednesday, Jun 7, 2023

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called "life"

Electric word, life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here to tell you
There's something else
The afterworld...

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Wednesday, June 7 for a screening of The Purple One's cinematic and musical triumph, PURPLE RAIN, on what would have been Prince Roger Nelson's 65th birthday.

The indelible, Oscar-winning rock musical for which Prince is so loved is getting some big screen love - and we're turning the volume up, children. (Get ready to go crazy with the beautiful ones in the Rio Theatre audience - 80's-inspired birthday party attire is very welcome and oh-so-very encouraged. Also: You best be wearing purple, people!)

Based loosely on his own life story, Prince's film debut in PURPLE RAIN cast him as "The Kid," the talented but troubled musician in Minneapolis struggling to make it big with his band, The Revolution. The film was a box office hit, and possessed a fantastic soundtrack (including Oscar-winner 'When Doves Cry') that forever altered the course of his career. Many fans and critics consider the music of PURPLE RAIN signature work, spawning numerous hit singles that would dominate airwaves for years to come.

"'Purple Rain' became a generational manifesto, while providing the largest megaphone yet for one of the greatest geniuses in pop music." (NPR)

Wednesday, June 7
Doors 9:15 pm | Movie 9:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.

Even better? Why not purify yourself by bringing along friend, date, or fellow purple-loving pal to this 80's-themed birthday party screening, and get two-for-one entry!

PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984 / 111 mins / 18A) | A talented young musician in Minneapolis, tormented by an abusive, bold father and a mother who is never satisfied, must contend with a rival singer, a darling romance, and his own dissatisfied bandmates - while his own star (and baby, he is one) begins to rise.

*Minors OK. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and Rio Theatre passes are OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*Online sales end an hour before showtime; unless otherwise noted, tickets are always available for purchase at the box office prior to showtime. All Rio Theatre tickets are final sale. Our box office is typically open 30 minutes before showtime. All seating is General Admission; please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to showtime to ensure great seats and time for treats.
*If you are looking to redeem either a Rio Theatre gift certificate or Groupon to any regular Rio Theatre screening: You can either email us in advance <info@riotheatre.ca> and give us a "heads up," or do it at the box office prior to showtime. (We seat 400+ people and our regular screenings are very rarely at capacity - you should not have issues being admitted.)

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