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Princess Mononoke (25th Anniversary Screening!)

Princess Mononoke (25th Anniversary Screening!)

Join us at the Rio Theatre for a special 25th Anniversary screening of master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s violent, beautiful tale of war between man and nature, PRINCESS MONONOKE. A landmark of animation and a film of unsurpassed power and beauty, this is a truly epic story of conflict between humans, gods, and nature. The film has been universally acclaimed by critics, and broke the box-office record on its original release in Japan.

Twenty-five years (!) after its release, PRINCESS MONONOKE – replete with epic story and breathtaking visuals – remains an undisputed animated triumph and one of the most thrilling adventures ever produced. Set in the late Muromachi period of Japan, the film follows the young prince Ashitaka as he’s caught in a struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who consume its resources. At its core, PRINCESS MONONOKE is something of an “eco-fable,” a statement on the natural world’s devastation brought on by human advancement.

“The film’s strength lies in its refusal to paint either its arguments or its characters in black and white: There are no pure heroes, no clear-cut villains and no pat answers.” (LA WEEKLY)

“A spellbinding epic with great characters, visuals and pathos.” (Film Threat)


Sunday, January 23
English dub
Doors 12:30 pm | Film 1:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Tickets $13 advance HERE | $13 at the door

Saturday, January 29
Japanese with English subs
Doors 12:30 pm | Film 1:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Tickets $13 advance HERE | $13 at the door

All events at the Rio Theatre are currently operating at 50% capacity (In other words… lots of room to spread around!). 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. (This film may not be suitable for very young children.) Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
*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.


PRINCESS MONONOKE “Mononoke-hime” (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997 / 134 mins / PG) Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.

Upcoming Showtimes

  1. Sunday January 23rd - 1:00pmAdd to calendarPost to TwitterEmail a friend
  2. Saturday January 29th - 1:00pmAdd to calendarPost to TwitterEmail a friend