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“First of all, keep him out of the light, he hates bright light, especially sunlight, it’ll kill him. Second, don’t give him any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight…”

Joe Dante’s GREMLINS (it’s a Christmas movie!) is one of the Rio Theatre‘s most year-round requested titles, and it’s returning to our calendar for an encore screening on Thursday, December 23. Written by Chris Columbus (THE GOONIES, HOME ALONE), GREMLINS is a hilarious holiday classic that appeals to kids of all ages (especially if they grew up in the 80s!).

When a gadget salesman is looking for that special Christmas gift for his son Billy, he happens upon something totally unusual at an old store in Chinatown. Though the shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the adorable “Mogwai,” creature, he sells it to him anyway –  with a few important caveats. Never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. When the instructions aren’t followed, chaos ensues when a gang of mischevious, lizard-like gremlins appear, wreaking havoc and tearing up the Norman Rockwell-esque  town on Christmas Eve. Starring Phoebe Cates, Zach Galligan, Corey Feldman, Polly Holliday, Keye Luke and… Gizmo.

“This postmodern, endlessly referential, utterly ruthless film is an ingenious, delightfully scary fairytale horror flick …” (The Observer)

“Think of A Christmas Carol visited by The Birds. Think of The Muppet Movie run amok. Imagine a berserk film editor splicing It’s a Wonderful Life to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with quoting from Snow White and a nod to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” (Christian Science Monitor)

Thursday, December 23
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

Starting December 22, 2021 all events at the Rio Theatre are operating at 50% capacity. Advance tickets are recommended for all shows to ensure entry and seating. Online sales for every screening automatically end one hour before any given showtime.

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*If you are looking to redeem your tickets to either a canceled Rio Theatre screening or a Rio Theatre gift certificate, please email <[email protected]> with info including your name, canceled receipt number, gift certificate info, what you are wanting to see and when, and we can make the switch for you in advance. Alternately, you can bring this information with you to the venue, and we will do our best to help you at the box office.

In accordance with the Province of British Columbia’s current PHO from the Ministry of Health, all eligible patrons must present their proof of vaccine status for entry. No exceptions.

GREMLINS (Joe Dante, 1984 / 106 mins / PG) | When Billy Peltzer is given a strange but adorable pet named Gizmo for Christmas, he inadvertently breaks the three important rules of caring for a Mogwai, and unleashes a horde of mischievous gremlins on his small town.

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