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Actor: Namaki Masakazu

POSTPONED: Ghost in the Shell (1995)

POSTPONED: Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Dearest Rio Friends & Movie-Lovers: As per the government’s latest directive on November 23, 2020, we will be suspending operations until December 8, 2020 (barring any further changes). Screenings will be re-scheduled, and ticket-holders will be contacted shortly. In the meantime, we thank-you for your endless generosity and boundless support. Don’t worry – we’ll be firing up the projector as soon as we can! In the meantime, keep calm, stay kind, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe out there. – The Rio Theatre


Join us for a late night 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, November 28
Doors 10:30 pm | Movie 10:50 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time
Single Film Ticket $15 advance HERE | $15 at the door

*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
**Minors permitted. (Language warning.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service

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 Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

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.