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Genre: Horror

Godzilla (1954)

Godzilla (1954)

Director Ishirō Honda‘s original 1954 Kaiju classic GODZILLA (a.k.a. “Gojira”) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels.

One of the longest-running series in film history began with Honda’s grim, black-and-white allegory for the devastation wrought on Japan by the atomic bomb. As his visual metaphor, Honda uses a 400-foot-tall mutant dinosaur called Gojira, awakened from the depths of the sea as a rampaging nuclear nightmare, complete with glowing dorsal fins and fiery, radioactive breath. Crushing ships, villages, and buildings in his wake, Gojira marches toward Tokyo, bringing all of the country’s worst nightmares back until an evil more terrible bomb — capable of sucking all the oxygen from the sea — returns the monster to its watery grave. The original 1954 film is chilling, despite some rather unconvincing man-in-a-suit special effects, and brimming with explicitly stated anti-American sentiment.

“Seen afresh in this cut, with Honda’s pulp poetry restored, this ballad of destruction reveals itself as one of the most exciting, enjoyable and moving of them all.” (Time Out)

Sunday, August 2
Doors 6:30 pm | Movie 7:00 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Saturday, August 8
Doors 7:30 pm | Movie 8:00 pm *Start time subject to change.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

*Minors OK 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.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the Rio Theatre’s screenings are operating at a sharply reduced capacity. We can’t guarantee availability of tickets at the door, so advance tickets for all screening events are strongly recommended. Our online box office can be found at www.riotheatretickets.ca. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

GODZILLA “Gojira” (Ishiro Honda, 1954 / 96 mins / PG / Japanese with English subtitles) When a seemingly indestructible fire-breathing monster is created as a result of the testing of American nuclear weapons, the government takes help from a reclusive scientist to kill the monster.

POSTPONED: VBAFF 6 Presents: Harpoon

***Please note: This show has been postponed until further notice. Ticket-holders will be contacted shortly with updated information. We thank-you for your patience and understanding at this time.     The Sixth Annual Vancouver International Badass Film Festival (VBAFF) is taking over East Vancouver March 27-29. BC Premiere! Sunday, March 29 HARPOON Doors 5:00 pm… Continue Reading

POSTPONED: VBAFF 6 Presents: Jessie’s Super Normal Regular Average Day

POSTPONED: VBAFF 6 Presents: Jessie’s Super Normal Regular Average Day

***Please note: This show has been postponed until further notice. Ticket-holders will be contacted shortly with updated information. We thank-you for your patience and understanding at this time.     The Sixth Annual Vancouver International Badass Film Festival (VBAFF) is taking over East Vancouver March 27-29. Wake and bake at Badass 6 with this new… Continue Reading

True Fiction (Filmmakers in Attendance for Q&A!)

True Fiction (Filmmakers in Attendance for Q&A!)

Avery Malone, a wannabe writer and lonely librarian, gets her big break when she’s hand-selected to assist her hero, reclusive author, Caleb Conrad. Whisked away to Caleb’s remote estate, Avery is given her one and only task; to participate in a controlled psychological experiment in fear that will serve as the basis for Caleb’s next… Continue Reading

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

The Rio Theatre‘s Friday Late Night Movie series continues on Friday, March 13 with… FRIDAY THE 13th! (So meta.) This time, we’re screening 1988’s entry, THE NEW BLOOD (aka Part VII). Friday, March 13 Doors 10:30 pm | Movie 11:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door… Continue Reading

CANCELLED The Lodge

CANCELLED The Lodge

Dearest Friends and Rio Family: Effective immediately. we will be temporarily dimming our lights and powering down the projector. Some events are being postponed, and others canceled – we will do our best to connect with ticket-holders and advise them of future plans as soon as they are made clear to us. In the meantime,… Continue Reading

Rabid (Directors in Attendance for Q&A!)

Rabid (Directors in Attendance for Q&A!)

Vancouver’s own Twisted Twins – aka filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska – are headed to the Rio Theatre on Sunday, March 8, for a screening of their latest, RABID, inspired by David Cronenberg‘s seminal 1977 body-horror classic. Even better? They’re sticking around for a post-screening Q&A, and are ready to answer your bloody fantastic filmmaking… Continue Reading

Hardware

Hardware

Director Richard Stanley (COLOR OUT OF SPACE) made a name for himself in 1990 thanks to HARDWARE, a cyberpunk thriller that has evolved into something of a cult-classic in the ensuing years – perfect for a Friday Late Night Movie revisit on March 6. Dylan McDermott stars as Mo, a survivor of a post-apocalyptic future… Continue Reading

Jaws

An insatiable great white shark terrorizes the townspeople of Amity Island, The police chief, an oceanographer and a grizzled shark hunter seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast. Continue Reading