Purple Rain

Before He Created the Magic. He Lived Every Bit of It.

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called “life”
Electric word, life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The afterworld…

Join us at the Rio Theatre on Thursday, April 21 for a screening of the purple one’s cinematic and musical triumph: PURPLE RAIN! Yes, the indelible rock musical for which Prince is so loved (and will likely always be best remembered for) is getting some big screen love – and we’re turning the volume up, children. (Get ready to go crazy with the beautiful ones in the Rio Theatre audience – costumes and 80’s attire welcome and oh-so-very encouraged. Also: You best be wearing purple, people!)

Based loosely on his own life story, Prince‘s film debut in PURPLE RAIN cast him as “The Kid,” the talented but troubled musician in Minneapolis struggling to make it big with his band, The Revolution. The film was a box office hit, and possessed a fantastic soundtrack (including Oscar-winner ‘When Doves Cry’) that forever altered the course of his career. Many fans and critics consider the music of PURPLE RAIN signature work, spawning numerous hit singles that would dominate airwaves for years to come.

“‘Purple Rain’ became a generational manifesto, while providing the largest megaphone yet for one of the greatest geniuses in pop music.” (NPR)


Thursday, April 21
PURPLE RAIN
Doors 9:15 pm | Movie 9:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Tickets $13 advance HERE | $13 at the  door

*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.


PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984 / 111 mins / 18A) | A talented young musician in Minneapolis, tormented by an abusive, bold father and a mother who is never satisfied, must contend with a rival singer, a darling romance, and his own dissatisfied bandmates – while his own star (and baby, he is one) begins to rise.

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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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