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Genre: Romance

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 (and Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy) in COMING TO AMERICA.

Directed by John Landis (THE BLUES BROTHERS), this infinitely quotable classic (which introduced the world to both the nation of Zamunda and Arsenio Hall… and Arsenio Hall), fish-out-of-water comedy has Murphy starring as Prince Akeem, the prince of a wealthy African country who wants for nothing, except a wife who will love him in spite of his title. To escape an arranged marriage, Akeem flees to America accompanied by his persnickety sidekick, Semmi (Hall), to find his queen. He heads to Queens, New York (of course!) and disguises himself as a foreign student working in a fast food restaurant, where he he romances Lisa, but struggles with revealing his true identity to her and his marital intentions to his father, the King. With James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, Samuel L. Jackson, John Amos, Eriq La Salle, Louie AndersonVondie Curtis Hall, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Donald Faison.

Friday, December 14
Doors 11:15 pm | Movie 11:45 pm *Start time subject to change.
Tickets $10.50 advance 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.

COMING TO AMERICA (John Landis, 1988 / 116 mins / PG) Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of Zamunda, leaves the tropical paradise kingdom in search of his queen. What better place than Queens, New York, to find his bride? Joined by his loyal servant and friend, Semmi, Akeem attempts to blend in as an ordinary American and begin his search.

Orlando

Orlando

In celebration of the Rio’s upcoming run of SUSPIRIA, we felt the time was nigh to toast the awe-inspiring career of the iconic actress Tilda Swinton with a screening of a film that was, for many, the introduction to her unmistakable prowess – English filmmaker Sally Potter‘s 1993 gender-bending epic, ORLANDO. Based on Virginia Woolf‘s… Continue Reading

VIFF: Love and Bullets

VIFF: Love and Bullets

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the returning hosting venues for The Vancouver International Film Festival The festival runs Sept 27th – Oct 12th, 2018 For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org All tickets, passes and packs ON SALE NOW!  Our full lineup is online now, but some of the content is not yet… Continue Reading

The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl

The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl

From the visionary mind of director Masaaki Yuasa (MIND GAME, LU OVER THE WALL, Adventure Time’s “Food Chain”) comes THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL, a comedy about one epic night in Kyoto. As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as “The Girl with… Continue Reading

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

“All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.” Based on 22-year-old Cameron Crowe‘s undercover exposé on life in a Southern California public high school, director Amy Heckerling’s groundbreaking ensemble comedy drama is a cinematic pop-culture juggernaut, notable for being alternately poignant and funny as it chronicles various episodes from the… Continue Reading

Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour (Remaster!)

Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour (Remaster!)

Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a bordello. This surreal and erotic late-sixties daydream from provocateur for the ages Luis Buñuel is an examination of desire and fetishistic pleasure (its characters’ and… Continue Reading

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

“Maggie the cat is alive. I’m alive!” Based on the iconic play by American playwright Tennessee Williams, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF is an intense, absorbing drama centered on a wealthy Southern family’s idiosyncratic dynamics and features two of Hollywood’s greatest legends (Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor) in steamy, sultry, career-high performances. After Brick… Continue Reading

Moulin Rouge!

The third film from visionary Australian director Baz Luhrmann, MOULIN ROUGE!, is a hyper-stylized dramatic romp that turns the conventions of the musical genre onto its (glittering) head by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs, reminiscent of the approach he utilized (with great success) in ROMEO+JULIET. Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, a… Continue Reading

The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long

The Sound of Music Sing-a-Long

Calling all Nuns, Goat herders, Baronesses, Captains, and governesses! Wave your Edelweiss this December as the hills of Commercial Drive are set to come alive with the Mother Superior of movie musicals – so get ready to yodel, people. This is your chance to sing-a-long to the most iconic films of all time – complete with… Continue Reading

Earth Girls Are Easy

Earth Girls Are Easy

“Cuz I’m a blonde, B-L-O-N-D. Cuz I’m a blonde, Don’t you wish you were me?” In this out-of-this-world 80’s musical comedy adventure that revels in its own 80’s-era So-Cal chic, Geena Davis plays Valerie, a manicurist living in the valley with her cold fiancé, Dr. Ted Gallagher. At the Curl Up and Dye beauty salon… Continue Reading