OLD_RIOThe Rio Theatre on Broadway and Commercial, voted #1 in East Vancouver, is a multi media venue for premier independent cinema of first-run feature films and live entertainment.

Built in 1938 the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage for live events and 420 of the most comfortable brand new luxury seats (with adjustable arms in case you’re on a date).  Winner of the Georgia Straight People’s Choice award for Best Concession. We only serve real buttered popcorn.

Commercial free Hollywood blockbusters, late night screenings of cult classics, live music and the site of film and comedy festivals. The Rio has it all! With friendly film-loving staff ready to make you feel at home.

At the Rio Cinema we cater to Sci -Fi, Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Cult and Horror movies for both adult and family rated films. No serious drama here! We encourage people to have fun & dress up & yell out or sing along. We love pop culture of all kinds and so do the Rio fans. Fanatic Film geeks are welcome. Dress in costume at our late night screenings and win a prize!

Conveniently located steps away from the Commercial Drive/ Broadway Skytrain Station. Forget paying for parking downtown and higher ticket prices Support your local neighbourhood theatre! Tons of free parking right out front on both sides of Broadway plus right next to a major transit station. Take a trip down the Drive and visit Vancouver’s best neighbourhood theatre! So easy to get here from almost any where in Vancouver!

Aside from movies the Rio Theatre is also a first rate soft seat concert theatre for international and local live music.

Recent past highlights include:
  • Live entertainment: International Live music events like Kathleen Edwards, Colin Linden, Coco Love Alcorn, The Trews, Chad VanGaalen, Royal Wood and local musicians C.R. Avery, Bend Sinister, The Good News, The Heard, Hannah Gerogas and others, fashion shows, The International Burlesque Festival and the Vancouver International Comedy Festival, featuring Janeane Garofalo. Plus a recent sold out  show by Paul F. Tompkins. The Live Theatre musical stage show Pink Floyd The Wall.
  • Movies: In addition to our Hollywood blockbusters, the Rio features Cult Classics every Friday at 11pm. This is your chance to see your old favorites on the big screen. The late night crowd comes for the live hosts and pre-show entertainment as well as the thrill of dressing up in a party like atmosphere. We screen 35mm prints (when available).  The Rio is also home to the “Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation Festival” plus screenings of local independent filmmakers.
  • Live Satellite: UEFA Euro soccer, the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies from Beijing, and Pangea Day, a global event that simultaneously broadcast short films, live music and visionary speakers. Over 400 people watched President Obama’s inauguration live at the Rio Theatre.