Mean Streets (50th Anniversary Screening)

You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets...

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, July 20 for a 50th Anniversary, encore screening of Martin Scorsese’s 1973 gritty crime drama, MEAN STREETS.

Released to widespread critical acclaim, MEAN STREETS is a slice of street life in Little Italy centred on lower echelon Mafiosos, unbalanced punks, and petty criminals. The film established Scorsese as a singular cinematic force to be reckoned with, and stars out of Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel.

“In countless ways, right down to the detail of modern TV crime shows, ‘Mean Streets’ is one of the source points of modern movies.” (Roger Ebert)

“Mean Streets is a movie so rich in content, so teaming with talent both in front of and behind the camera, that the temptation is to go on and on about it. A better idea would be to simply urge you to go see it. It speaks for itself.” (Los Angeles Free Press)

“If a movie can be faulted for packing in a little too much realism, this is definitely one of them. But, you know, cinema isn’t always about being comfortable.” (Decider)

“The movie’s blazing energy is still astounding; the vrit street-scenes are terrific and Scorsese’s pioneering use of popular music is genuinely thrilling.” (Guardian)

“‘The Godfather’ made the mob glamorous. ‘Mean Streets’ made it real. Martin Scorsese’s ferocious, grimy 1973 classic is just as good as Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, but it shows us criminal life lower down the food chain.” (

Thursday, July 20
Doors 6:10 pm | Movie 6:40 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets HERE

MEAN STREETS (Martin Scorsese, 1973 / 111 mins / 18A) A small-time hood gets in over his head with a vicious loan shark. In an attempt to free himself from the dangers of his debt, he gets help from a friend who is also involved in criminal activities.

*Minors OK. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and Rio Theatre passes are OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*Online sales end an hour before showtime; unless otherwise noted, tickets are always available for purchase at the box office prior to showtime. All Rio Theatre tickets are final sale. Our box office is typically open 30 minutes before showtime. All seating is General Admission; please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to showtime to ensure great seats and time for treats.
*If you are looking to redeem either a Rio Theatre gift certificate or Groupon to any regular Rio Theatre screening: You can either email us in advance <[email protected]> and give us a “heads up,” or do it at the box office prior to showtime. (We seat 400+ people and our regular screenings are very rarely at capacity – you should not have issues being admitted.)

A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
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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

Phone: 604.879.3456

Info Line: 604.878.3456

Email: [email protected]

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