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Genre: Fantasy

The NeverEnding Story

The NeverEnding Story

“Having a luck dragon with you is the only way to go on a quest.”

#WhatTheFalcor…? We have been absolutely inundated with requests for a prime time screening of one of our all-time favourites, THE NEVERENDING STORY, and could think of no better (or… stranger?) thing to watch on Friday, August 2 – what a way to kick off the long weekend! Moonchildren of all ages are very welcome in the balcony.

Prepare to revisit your childhood with this fantastical movie about an 80’s kid whose day off school involves a flying luck dragon (as opposed to, say, a Ferrari), a sinking horse, an ancient turtle, and a lesson about how the spread of malaise and lethargy can lead to… a bunch of nothing.

Barett Oliver stars as a young boy named Bastian, who decides to duck into his local bookstore to avoid bullies one morning while on the way to school. He managers to sneak away with a strange-looking book called “The Neverending Story,” which he begins reading in the school attic while avoiding class. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by “The Nothing,” a mysterious darkness that destroys everything it touches. As he reads further, he learns that the kingdom of Fantasia needs the help of a human child to survive, and when he reads a description of himself in the book, his day off school turns into something else entirely… Also starring Gerald McRaney, Noah Hathaway.

“A fairytale of the very best kind.” (Time Out Magazine)

“This utterly enchanting, family treat of a film should leave you and yours wide-eyed with wonder.” (Film4)

Friday, August 2
Doors 8:00 pm | Movie 8:30 pm *Start time subject to change
Tickets $10.50 advance HERE | $12.50 at the door

Monday, August 5
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change
Tickets $10.50 advance HERE

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

THE NEVERENDING STORY (Wolfgang Peterson, 1984 / 102 mins/ PG) While hiding from bullies in his school’s attic, a young boy discovers the extraordinary land of Fantasia, through a magical book called The Neverending Story. The book tells the tale of Atreyu, a young warrior who, with the help of a luck dragon named Falkor, must save Fantasia from the destruction of The Nothing.

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