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Actor: Lara McDonnell



Embraced by audiences and critics alike, BELFAST is a movie straight from writer-director Kenneth Branagh‘s (winner, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay) own experience. This poignant coming-of-age film is centred on Buddy, a nine-year-old boy who must chart a path towards adulthood through a world that has suddenly turned upside down. His stable and loving community and everything he thought he understood about life is changed forever but joy, laughter, music and the formative magic of the movies remain. With Jude Hill, Catriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds.

“…both grand and intimate, gooey sweet and shockingly violent, life-affirming and cynical.” (US Weekly)

“There is something genuinely bold in giving a movie about Belfast in 1969 the warm glow of the everyday. It reminds us that life goes on.” (New York Magazine / VULTURE)

“[‘Belfast’] is a major change of pace for the man who was once dubbed “the next Laurence Olivier,” and easily the best thing he’s done as a writer-director in decades.” (Rolling Stone Magazine)

“All phasers are set to “charm.” That’s what this movie is.” (FilmWeek / NPR)

Saturday, January 15
Doors 3:00 pm | Movie 3:20 pm *Sharp. Please arrive on time. Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

Tuesday, January 18
Doors 5:50 pm | Movie 6:20 pm *Please arrive on time. Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

All events at the Rio Theatre are operating at 50% capacity. (So… Lots of room to spread o-u-t!) Advance tickets are recommended for all shows to ensure entry and seating. Online sales for every screening automatically end one hour before any given showtime.

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*If you are looking to redeem your tickets to either a canceled Rio Theatre screening or a Rio Theatre gift certificate, please email <[email protected]> with info including your name, canceled receipt number, gift certificate info, what you are wanting to see and when, and we can make the switch for you in advance. Alternately, you can bring this information with you to the venue, and we will do our best to help you at the box office.

In accordance with the Province of British Columbia’s current PHO from the Ministry of Health, all eligible patrons must present their proof of vaccine status for entry. No exceptions.

BELFAST (Kenneth Brannagh, 2021 / 98 mins / PG) Buddy is a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.