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John Carpenter’s Escape from New York (2018 Restoration)

John Carpenter’s Escape from New York (2018 Restoration)

John Carpenter‘s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, the epic 1981 action film featuring his 80’s-era “muse” Kurt Russell as the iconic eye-patch-wearing hero Snake Plissken, was gorgeously restored in 2018 – and it’s finally headed to East Vancouver, to take over the Rio Theatre‘s screen starting Saturday, November 7. 

Set in a dystopic 1997 in which a major war between the United States and the Soviet Union is concluding, the entire island of Manhattan has been converted into a giant maximum security prison. When Air Force One is hijacked and crashes into the island, the president (Donald Pleasence) is taken hostage by a group of inmates where Snake Plissken, a former Special Forces soldier turned criminal, is recruited to retrieve him in exchange for his own freedom. Also starring Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, and Adrienne Barbeau.

“The movie proudly wears its affection for crusty Sergio Leone archetypes and countdown-clock suspense sequences; Carpenter was Tarantino long before Tarantino was.” (Time Out New York)

“Carpenter’s vision, presented in a beautiful 4K remaster, still impresses with its sense of time, place and attitude.” (WeAreCult.Rocks)

Saturday, November 7
Doors 7:55 pm | Movie 8:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Friday, November 13
Doors 8:10 pm | Movie 8:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Tuesday, November 17 Final Screening!
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:20 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

*All ages welcome in the balcony! (Please note that HALLOWEEN is rated 18A.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.

**Groupons and passes good for any single film only. Please redeem at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: 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. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (John Carpenter, 1981 / 99 mins / PG) In 1997, the island of Manhattan has been walled off and turned into a giant maximum security prison within which the country’s worst criminals are left to form their own anarchic society. However, when the President of the United States crash lands on the island, the authorities turn to a former soldier and current convict, Snake Plissken, to rescue him.

George Lucas’ THX 1138

George Lucas’ THX 1138

“Work hard, increase production, prevent accidents, and be happy.” Set in the 25th century, director George Lucas’ minimalist dystopian sci-fi drama THX 1138 centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society. Starring Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasance. – – Monday, January 25 | 7:00 pm Tickets $8 advance clicking… Continue Reading

Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978)

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Saturday, October 31 for John Carpenter‘s original 1978 slasher masterpiece HALLOWEEN… on HALLOWEEN! Jamie Lee Curtis cemented her life-long iconic status as a “Scream Queen” thanks in no small part to her remarkable feature film debut in John Carpenter‘s original HALLOWEEN, a groundbreaking movie that would go on… Continue Reading