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The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Why so serious?

We’re kicking off 2020 with our annual New Year’s Day Hangover Movie Marathon! Is there a better way to ring in the New Year than in the dark with friends (or solo, no judgement!), some big screen classics, buttery popcorn and a little bit of ye olde “Hair of the Dog?” (We don’t think so, either.)

This year, we’re featuring Studio Ghibli favourite MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, David Bowie in Jim Henson‘s puppet-filled musical classic LABYRINTH, the Coen BrothersTHE BIG LEBOWSKI (it really ties the day together, man), and Heath Ledger‘s Oscar-winning turn as “The Joker” in Christopher Nolan‘s THE DARK KNIGHT.

THE DARK KNIGHT is the follow-up to the genre re-defining BATMAN BEGINS (2005), and reunites uts writer, producer, and director Christopher Nolan with Christian Bale, who reprises the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in his continuing war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective. But soon the three find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as “The Joker” (Heath Ledger, in his iconic, Oscar-winning performance), who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces Batman closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante. With Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman.

See one – or, if you’re up for it – see ’em all for one sweet, sweet price!

“Heath Ledger’s performance is monumental.” (Empire Magazine)

“‘The Dark Knight’ is not a simplistic tale of good and evil. Batman is good, yes, The Joker is evil, yes. But Batman poses a more complex puzzle than usual: The citizens of Gotham City are in an uproar, calling him a vigilante and blaming him for the deaths of policemen and others. And the Joker is more than a villain. He’s a Mephistopheles whose actions are fiendishly designed to pose moral dilemmas for his enemies.” (Roger Ebert)

Wednesday, January 1
Doors 8:30 pm Movie 9:15 pm
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

Friday January 3

Doors 7:15 pm Movie 7:45

Advance tickets $13 HERE

$13 at the door

Why not make it a Hangover Movie Marathon on January 1st for $35 HERE? (Limited Hangover Movie Marathon day passes available)

*Minors welcome 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 only. Please redeem at the door.

Friday, January 3
Doors 7:15 pm | Movie 7:45 pm
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

THE DARK KNIGHT (Christopher Nolan, 2008 / 152 mins / 14A) Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as the Joker.

RoboCop

RoboCop

“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!” The Rio Theatre’s Friday Late Night Movie series continues on December 6 with Paul Verhoeven‘s 1987 sci-fi action juggernaut ROBOCOP, an action film that balances ultra-violence with black comedy and cutting social satire. Set in a violent, near-apocalyptic Detroit, evil corporation Omni Consumer Products wins a contract from… Continue Reading

Promare

Promare

The first feature-length film from the acclaimed studio TRIGGER, creators of the hit series “KILL la KILL” and “Little Witch Academia,” and director Hiroyuki Imaishi (GURREN LAGANN), PROMARE uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works. Thirty years has… Continue Reading

Dolemite (1975)

Dolemite (1975)

A lasting testament to both rap pioneer / nightclub comic par excellence Rudy Ray Moore and the sun-bleached, smog-covered vistas of ‘70s L.A., DOLEMITE remains one of blaxploitation’s greatest achievements. When Rudy first took his Chitlin’ Circuit act to the silver screen, few outside black neighborhoods noticed at first — but DOLEMITE was a box… Continue Reading

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

“The horror … The horror…” Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s visionary Vietnam War epic at the Rio Theatre as the newly restored, remastered and re-cut APOCALYPSE NOW: FINAL CUT returns to our screen for encores on September 10 and September 15. It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S.… Continue Reading

Speed

Speed

“There’s a bomb on the bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles per hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, the bus blows up. Whaddya do, Jack?” SPEED is one of the more definitive action films of the 90’s – and perfect for including in the Rio Theatre‘s summer series of classics… Continue Reading

Commando

Commando

“I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I’m very hungry!” It’s summer, people! And that means… We fight for love, and we’re going COMMANDO to do it. In this classic slice of 80’s action-movie goodness, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as John Matrix, the former leader of a special commando strike force – and he… Continue Reading

Shadow

Shadow

With SHADOW, director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS) once again pushes the boundaries of “wuxia” action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king,… Continue Reading

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

In a role that seems totally tailored to him, a pitch-perfect Keanu Reeves (never been better, seriously!) returns to the role of retired hitman John Wick, in this third film in the hit action franchise. After gunning down a member of the High Table — the shadowy international assassin’s guild — legendary hit man John… Continue Reading

Shazam!

Shazam!

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word–SHAZAM!–this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam, courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart–inside a ripped, godlike body–Shazam revels in… Continue Reading