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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

“All I want to do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die.”

As devoted lovers (and dedicated curators) of pop culture at the Rio Theatre, we were all terribly saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Luke Perry – an actor who will always remain firmly in our inner-90’s, teenaged hearts. He was, hands down, one of the biggest, if not the California coolest, heartthrobs of the era (though he was, of course, so much more). Join us on Friday, April 19 as we raise a glass (or wooden stake) to toast his fantastic, iconic legacy with a long, long overdue screening of one of the most requested classic titles we receive – Joss Whedon‘s 1992 touchstone, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Also starring Kristy Swanson, Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, Rutger Hauer, David Arquette, Hillary Swank.

Friday, April 19
Doors 11:15 pm | Movie 11:45 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.

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (Fran Rubel Kuzui, 1992 / 14A / 86 mins) Blonde, bouncy Buffy is your typical high school cheerleader: her goal is to “marry Christian Slater and die,” and nothing gets in her way when it’s time to shop! But all that changes when a strange man informs her she’s been chosen by fate to kill vampires. With the help of a romantic rebel, Buffy is soon spending school nights protecting L.A. from Lothos the Vampire King, his sidekick, Lefty, and their determined gang of bloodsuckers. It’s everything you’d expect from a teen queen in the Valley.

As devoted lovers (and dedicated curators) of pop culture at the The Rio Theatre,

Candyman

Candyman

“We dare you to say his name five times.” Researching urban folklore, a University of Chicago student snoops around the housing projects of Cabrini Green to find more about the legend of the “Candyman,” who supposedly appears (whenever one looks into the mirror and repeats his name five times) to slash his victims with a… Continue Reading

VBAFF Presents The Hollow Child

VBAFF Presents The Hollow Child

The Vancouver Badass Film Festival Presents THE HOLLOW CHILD *Director in attendance! Sunday, March 31 Doors 3:10 pm | Movie 3:30 pm *Please arrive on time! Advance tickets $10.50 HERE | $12.50 at the door VBAFF Day Pass $35 HERE *Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service. Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes… Continue Reading

Climax (Final Screening!)

Climax (Final Screening!)

From visionary writer-director Gaspar Noé (IRREVERSIBLE, ENTER THE VOID, LOVE) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night, when a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by… Continue Reading

Audition (20th Anniversary Remaster!)

Audition (20th Anniversary Remaster!)

One of the most well-crafted, impactful and infamous J-horror films ever is making a return to the big screen after far too long a break. Even better? It’s now been remastered for its 20th Anniversary, and it’s slated to scared up the Rio Theatre‘s big screen as a Friday Late Night Movie on March 1!… Continue Reading

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Beyond the Black Rainbow

Monday Double Bill! We’re toasting writer-director Panos Cosmatos with a double double bill bill featuring both his feature debut, 2012’s hyper-stylish midnighter BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, and one of 2018’s most buzzed about titles, the punishing, blood-soaked hallucinogenic revenge odyssey MANDY. See one, or see them both for one sweet price! Set in the strange… Continue Reading

Urotsukidoji III: Return of the Overfiend

As the Overfiend slumbers, the mad emperor Caesar rises to power, enslaving a new race of demon beasts. Into this cruel existence is born the Lord of Chaos, the Overfiend’s nemesis. As the blood-thirsty beasts capture the tyrant’s daughter in a brutal coup, the Overfiend must awaken to an apocalyptic battle of the Gods. Continue Reading

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… 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

Amazon Hot Box

Amazon Hot Box

Join us at the Rio Theatre‘s Rio Grind Film Festival on Saturday, November 24 for the Canadian Premiere of director James Bickert’s locally-lensed AMAZON HOT BOX. An American college student named Penny is erroneously apprehended during a dissident round-up in the banana republic of Rattica. She is incarcerated into the island penal system overseen by… Continue Reading