Inland Empire (2022 Remaster)

A woman in trouble.

A woman in trouble.

David Lynch‘s sorely under-seen, surreal psychological thriller INLAND EMPIRE is pretty impossible to describe… It’s Lynch. It’s Laura Dern. (For fans of the auteur, that may be all they need to know!) Initially released in 2006, this was Lynch’s first digitally shot film, and it is ripe for rediscovery thanks to this 2022 remaster.

Nikki (Dern), an actress, takes on a role in a new film, and because her husband (Peter J. Lucas) is very jealous, her co-star Devon (Justin Theroux) gets a warning not to make any romantic overtures — especially since the characters they play are having an affair. Both actors learn that the project is a remake of an unfinished film in which the stars were murdered. With Jeremy Irons, Harry Dean Stanton, Julia Ormond.

“‘Inland Empire’ opens and contracts in your imagination while you watch it — and you’re still watching it well after it’s left the screen. It’s a long but thoroughly absorbing three hours.” (

“An amazing and unshakeable experience.” (Toronto Star)

Monday, May 9 Encore Screening
Doors 5:15 pm | Movie 5:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time
Advance tickets HERE

Tuesday, May 17 Final Screening
Doors 8:30 pm | Movie 9:00 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time
Advance tickets HERE

*Minors permitted. 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.

INLAND EMPIRE (David Lynch, 2006 / 180 mins / 18A / English subs) As an actress begins to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world becomes nightmarish and surreal.

An actress’s perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.

About The Rio

Voted the #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, the Rio Theatre is a multimedia venue featuring arthouse, mainstream and cult-classic cinemas as well as live entertainment. Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage and 420 luxurious seats.

1660 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC

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