Join us at the Rio Theatre on Sunday, August 22 for a special 30th Anniversary Screening of the Coen Brothers‘ quirky, genre-defying BARTON FINK. Part film noir, part horror-comedy, part psychological thriller, and part satirical love-letter to Hollywood (not to mention the entire creative writing process), BARTON FINK tells the story of the renowned, eponymous New York playwright (John Turturro) who is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth behind the industry town.
Released in 1991, BARTON FINK swept the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Palme d’Or, Best Director for the Coens, and Best Actor (Turturro). With John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner.
“Partly hilarious, partly horrific, totally mesmerizing.” (Rolling Stone Magazine)
“There is much in this black Valentine to 40s Hollywood that is hugely enjoyable for the cinema buff: style, wit and in-jokes abound.” (Empire Magazine)
“Twisty and unsettling, the Coen brothers’ satirical tale of a 1940s playwright struggling with writer’s block is packed with their trademark sense of humor and terrific performances from its cast.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
“Gnomic, claustrophobic, hallucinatory, just plain weird, it is the kind of movie critics can soak up thousands of words analyzing and cinephiles can soak up at least three espressos arguing their way through.” (TIME Magazine)
Sunday, August 22
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door
Due to reduced capacity, advance tickets are recommended for all shows to ensure seating. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 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.
BARTON FINK (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1991 / 116 mins / 14A) Set in 1941, an intellectual New York playwright Barton Fink accepts an offer to write movie scripts in L.A. He finds himself with writer’s block when required to do a B-movie script. His neighbor tries to help, but he continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him.