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Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Join us for a screening of one of the all-time must see anime films ever made, Mamoru Oshii’s original landmark GHOST IN THE SHELL, which has itself developed into a cultural phenomenon that has spawned sequels, remakes, and even a live action film. The story follows a cyborg policewoman named Motoko Kusanagi, who is herself a “ghost in a shell” (meaning her living consciousness is somewhere being projected into a organic/mechanical body). She struggles with what it means to be “alive” while searching for a master hacker known as “the Puppet Master” whose motivation goes beyond merely disrupting the status quo. Full of action, pathos, and glorious vistas of a city mixing tradition and futurism, GHOST IN THE SHELL is best experienced and appreciated when viewed on the big screen.

“… a pillar of the cyberpunk movement and a testament to visual realism in animation.” (Nerdist)

“A stunning feat of modern animation, GHOST IN THE SHELL offers a thoughtful, complex treat for anime fans, as well as a perfect introduction for viewers new to the genre.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“For sheer mind-expanding sci-fi strangeness this is hard to beat.” (Time Out)

“Most alluring are the crumbling neon cityscapes, real world/cyberspace fusion and the musings on identity.” (Total Film)


Saturday, April 15
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:45 pm

Single Film Ticket $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors welcome in the balcony! (If there are minors in your party, please ensure you purchase the correct “balcony” ticket option when purchasing.) Must be 19+ w/ 2 pieces of ID for bar service and main floor seating.

*Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

GHOST IN THE SHELL (Mamoru Oshii,1995, 83 mins / PG / Japanese with English subs)
In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as ‘The Puppetmaster’ begins involving them in politics, Section 9, a group of cybernetically enhanced cops, are called in to investigate and stop the Puppetmaster.


Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service

There is no better way to appreciate the magic of Studio Ghibli than on the big screen! Movie-lovers of all ages adore animated classics from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli, and Hayao Miyazaki’s KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989) is one of their most popular titles. The film follows the story of 13-year-old Kiki, who moves to a… Continue Reading

Mamoru Oshii’s GHOST IN THE SHELL 1 & 2 Double Bill

Mamoru Oshii’s GHOST IN THE SHELL 1 & 2 Double Bill

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Sunday January 25th for a double dose of awesome anime, featuring Mamoru Oshii’s phenomenal GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995) and its equally impressive sequel, INNOCENCE (2005). All ages welcome in the balcony! GHOST IN THE SHELL (1995) Doors 6:30pm / Movie 7:00pm GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE… Continue Reading