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Anna and the Apocalypse

Anna and the Apocalypse

Scottish BAFTA nominee ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE may just be the undisputed breakout zombie Christmas musical of 2018 (think SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets LA LA LAND). When the zombie apocalypse hits the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – teenager Anna and her high school friends have to fight, sing and dance to survive, with the undead horde all around them. Teaming up with her best friend John, Anna has to fight her way through zombified snowmen, Santas, elves and Christmas shoppers to get across town to the high school, where they’ll be safe. But they soon discover that being a teenager is just as difficult as staying alive, even at the end of the world. Starring Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire.

“Here’s the holiday musical you’re looking for – if, say, you like a splash of gore and a parade of flesh-eating zombies between musical numbers. Eat your heart out, Mary Poppins!” (Rolling Stone)

“Anna and the Apocalypse” is a gift for the midnight movie crowd that’s just as liable to break out into song as to celebrate each major zombie kill. It’s one of those rare horror movies to leave you with good holiday cheer.” (Roger Ebert.com)

“If you don’t think the undead mix well with musical numbers and gaudy Yuletide decor, Anna might be the movie to change your mind.” (The Wrap)

“The songs are as infectious as the corpses that walk the earth to satisfy their hunger for flesh, and the dances are as frenzied as the living people desperately trying to save their hides.” (New York Post)

Sunday, December 23
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

Wednesday, December 26
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change
Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door

*Minors welcome 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.

ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (John McPhail, 2018 / 92 mins / PG) A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.

Hairspray (Hosted by Ricki Lake!)

“I’m a bad, bad girl who needs to be punished.” In honour of Ricki Lake‘s appearance at the Rio Theatre to promote her excellent new documentary WEED THE PEOPLE, we felt like we absolutely had to screen one of the best loved (if not best known) films from one of our most frequently requested directors,… Continue Reading

Coming to America

Coming to America

“I want a woman that will arouse my intellect as well as my loins.” Are you ready to bark like a dog…? A big dog? Join us for a Friday Late Night Movie screening of one of the 80’s biggest comedy blockbusters, starring one of the biggest comedians of that decade – it’s Eddie Murphy… Continue Reading

Mid90s

Mid90s

Two-time Oscar-nominated actor Jonah Hill‘s (SUPERBAD, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) auspicious directorial debut MID90s (which he also wrote) is a smart, funny, sweet and insightful coming-of-age film set in 1990s Los Angeles, where 13-year-old Stevie escapes his turbulent home life by hanging out with a new group of friends he meets at a local… Continue Reading

Camp Death III In 2D (BC Premiere!)

Camp Death III In 2D (BC Premiere!)

Join us at the Rio Theatre for the BC Premiere of writer-director Matt Frame‘s locally-lensed horror comedy CAMP DEATH III in 2D! Get ready for a crude, corny & Canadian comedy/horror 80’s slasher parody of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III in 3D  – though CAMP DEATH III is proudly presented in two, flat dimensions. This… Continue Reading

Tenacious D: Post-Apocalypto (In Person with Q&A!)

Tenacious D: Post-Apocalypto (In Person with Q&A!)

It could be the greatest night the Rio has ever known… Tenacious D (yes) are joining us live (yes, you read that right) and in-person (no joke) for a screening of their amazing, animated magnum opus POST-APOCALYPTO and Q&A. Wednesday, December 12 Doors 8:00 pm | Show 9:00 pm Tickets on sale December 6 at… Continue Reading

One Cut of the Dead

One Cut of the Dead

POM! If there were an award for Most Ambitious Zombie Comedy of 2018, it would surely have to go to writer-director Shin’ichirô Ueda‘s feature debut ONE CUT OF The DEAD, a modest entry that has rapidly gone on to become a massive international festival favourite around the world (taking top honours at Fantastic Fest, Fantaspoa, and… Continue Reading

BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee and the producing team behind GET OUT comes another provocative exploration of American race relations – and an incredible, true story of an American hero. Set in the midst of the 1970s civil rights movement, the film follows Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), determined to make a name for himself… Continue Reading

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky

The cult classic Hong Kong martial arts slaughter-thon – a frequently requested title – finally splatters across the Rio’s screen as a Friday Late Night Movie on December 7. This offbeat cult-classic stars Bin Shimada as the eponymous Riki, a new prisoner at a high-tech penal institution of the future who finds himself challenged by… Continue Reading

Vampire’s Kiss

Vampire’s Kiss

Nicolas Cage – in what many consider to be his “Cage-iest” performance – stars as Peter Loew, a sleazy NYC literary agent, who prowls the bars in the evening looking for some action. One night he hooks up with a mysterious, sexy woman named Rachel (Jennifer Beals) and in the course of their relations, she… Continue Reading