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Genre: Science Fiction

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.

Time Bandits

Time Bandits

Monty Python animator Terry Gilliams‘ humorous 1981 fantasy TIME BANDITS follows the story of a young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time. Gilliam mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure. Particularly amusing… Continue Reading

Black Panther

Black Panther

Writer-director Ryan Coogler‘s epic origin story BLACK PANTHER made box office history in 2018 as the first major Black superhero origin story in the famed Marvel universe, equally embraced by audiences and critics alike. Featuring outstanding performances by an all-star cast (including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett and more), the… Continue Reading

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

“Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.” Listen up, all you… Stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf-herders of East Vancouver! The theatrical cut (97) of STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is currently navigating its way through an asteroid field, and making its way towards the Rio Theatre‘s giant screen for… Continue Reading

CANCELLED Contagion

CANCELLED Contagion

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

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul

Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul

A continuation of the epic adventure of plucky Riko and Reg who are joined by their new friend Nanachi. Together they descend into the Abyss’ treacherous fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses, and encounter the mysterious Bondrewd, a legendary White Whistle whose shadow looms over Nanachi’s troubled past. Bondrewd is ingratiatingly hospitable, but the brave… 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

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Mars. Days before Halloween 2071. Villains blow up a tanker truck on Highway One, releasing a deadly virus that kills hundreds. Fearing a bigger, even more devastating biochemical attack, an astronomical reward is offered for the arrest and capture of the person behind the destruction. On the space ship “Bebop,” Spike Spiegel and his crew… Continue Reading

Jurassic Park (1993)

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. Continue Reading