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Elvis: That’s the Way It Is

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is

Viva, Las Vegas! The King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, shines in the recently restored concert film Elvis: That’s The Way It Is, which is getting the big screen treatment at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 pm. This 1970 concert documentary captures “The King” midway through a fateful transition, seeking… Continue Reading

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Thorsten Schütte’s Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words is a sharply edited and energetic celebration of musician Frank Zappa as seen through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences. Utilizing potent TV interviews and many forgotten performances from his 30-year career, we are immersed into his world… Continue Reading

Saturday Night Fever

Saturday Night Fever

“You should be dancing. Yeah.” Tony Manero (John Travolta) doesn’t have much going for him during the weekdays. He still lives at home and works as a paint store clerk in his Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood. But he lives for the weekends, when he and his friends go to the local disco and dance the night… Continue Reading

Grease Sing-a-Long

Grease Sing-a-Long

“I got chills… They’re mul-ti-ply-in’…” Summer isn’t summer without a little Summer Lovin’, Grease-style. And there’s no better way to experience your all-time favourite movie musical than at the Rio Theatre, with a big screen Grease Sing-a-Long. (YES! Complete with lyrics on the screen, the bouncing ball, prop bags, a costume contest and more!). All… Continue Reading

I Am the Blues

I Am the Blues

A musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80’s, still living in the deep south, working without management and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara… Continue Reading

The Amazing Nina Simone

The Amazing Nina Simone

She was left out of Civil Rights history, erased by jazz critics, and forgotten by most Americans because no one knew how to categorize her greatness.  But throughout the 1960s, Nina Simone was both loved and feared for her outspoken vision of Black Freedom.  Her musical proclamations like Mississippi Goddam, and her iconic style gave… Continue Reading

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

In 2000, a young actor named Jamie Bell leaped onto the A-list following his truly astounding, toe-tapping feature film debut as the titular character in Stephen Daldry‘s coming-of-age musical drama Billy Elliot.  The story of a gruff coal miner’s son who goes from boxing lessons to the world of ballet under the guidance of a… Continue Reading

West Side Story

“Just play it cool, boy… Real cool.” Buoyed by Robert Wise’s dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein’s score, and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, West Side Story remains, perhaps, the most iconic of all Shakespeare adaptations (‘Romeo and Juliet’) to visit the big screen, winning a whopping ten Oscars (including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress Rita Moreno and Best… Continue Reading

The Last Waltz

The Last Waltz

Happy Canada Day! Universally hailed as one of “the best concert films ever made,” director Martin Scorsese’s THE LAST WALTZ chronicles the final, farewell performance of legendary Canadian rockers the Band on Thanksgiving Day, 1976. A musical delight that is as fresh today as it was upon its release, the film features the Band’s members… Continue Reading

The Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

The Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense … on Canada Day! Same as it ever was…The Rio Theatre is pleased to present one of the best – from one the best: Jonathan Demme’s groundbreaking concert documentary STOP MAKING SENSE, featuring New Wave pioneers The Talking Heads (David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison).   Shot over the… Continue Reading

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