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The Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

The Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense

Same as it ever was…

The Rio Theatre is closing out 2021’s #MusicMonday series with one of the most-requested films we have received over the course of the pandemic, and one of our forever-favourite titles: 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). *Special encore screening on Friday, December 31!

Shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December 1983, the movie is notable for being the first made entirely using digital audio techniques. STOP MAKING SENSE has been hailed by Leonard Maltin as “one of the greatest rock movies ever made”, and Pauline Kael of The New Yorker described it as “…close to perfection.”

One thing’s for sure, though… This ain’t no disco, but it is a party. *One that’s best enjoyed with us. On our big screen, and with our even bigger sound!


#MusicMonday December 27
Doors 6:45 pm | Movie 7:15 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Tickets $13 in advance HERE | $13 at the door

Friday, December 31 Encore Screening!
Doors 7:15 pm | Movie 7:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Tickets $13 in advance 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.


STOP MAKING SENSE (Jonathan Demme, 1984 / 88 mins / G) | Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of Talking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band’s frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band’s hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrne in an enormous suit.

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