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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 passed since the appearance of the Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves Mad Burnish appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team Burning Rescue, and Lio Fotia, the leader of Mad Burnish begins.

Saturday, December 14 (Japanese with English subs)
Doors 12:30 pm | Movie 1:00 pm
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

Saturday, December 21 (Japanese with English subs)
Doors 12:30 pm | Movie 1:00 pm
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK. Please redeem at the door.

PROMARE (Hiroyuki Imaishi, 2019 / 111 mins / 14A) Elite firefighters pilot mechanical suits to save the world from flame-wielding mutants. A prequel set one day before the events of the Promare film.

VIFF: I Lost My Body

VIFF: I Lost My Body

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for The Vancouver International Film Festival VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Annually, VIFF presents over 320 films and events, plays host to approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe… Continue Reading

VIFF: Checkered Ninja

VIFF: Checkered Ninja

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for The Vancouver International Film Festival VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events in a unique Films+ model. Annually, VIFF presents over 320 films and events, plays host to approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe… Continue Reading

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

Paris, 1930. The infamous surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel is left penniless after the scandalous release of ‘L’Age d’Or’ leads to a falling out with collaborator Salvador Dalí. On a whim, Buñuel’s good friend, sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket and promises to devote his winnings to fund Buñuel’s next film. Incredibly, Ramón wins the… Continue Reading

Okko’s Inn

Okko’s Inn

The latest feature from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitarô Kôsaka‘s (a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli), seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. OKKO’S INN delivers a rare ghost story that –despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials… Continue Reading

Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D

VAMPIRE HUNTER D is a prime example of old-school cult-classic 80’s Japanimation, and a title that has been requested by Rio Theatre fans for years. Now… On the big screen! This mythical anime is set in a post-nuclear holocaust dystopia of 12,090 A.D., when the Earth is ruled by the supernatural and vampires, mutants and… Continue Reading

Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll

Unlike most anime films, writer-director Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s classic 1993 epic NINJA SCROLL eschews notions of a cyberpunk future, and is instead set in more of a “sword-and-sorcery” environment located in a mythical, feudal Japan. Jubei, a highly skilled ninja, is coerced into slaying his own clan of warriors. After begrudgingly killing his fellow swordsmen, he… Continue Reading

The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows

The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows

Returning to the Rio Theatre for its fourth year, the ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS will present 15 thought-provoking, poignant, and very funny animated shorts from around the world. In a year when the best and worst of human nature has been on constant display, the works in this year’s show remind us of both the… Continue Reading

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

This year’s Oscar-winning Best Animated Feature,  SPIDER-MAN: INTO SPIDERVERSE is a “marvel,” indeed! Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind THE LEGO MOVIE and 21 JUMP STREET, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. SPIDER-MAN: INTO… Continue Reading

Mirai

Mirai

The latest entry from master storyteller Mamoru Hosoda (WOLF CHILDREN, SUMMER WARS) and Japan’s Studio Chizu is the sweet, unusually introspective coming-of age animé MIRAI, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly… Continue Reading