John Carpenter’s The Thing (40th Anniversary Screening!)

Man is The Warmest Place to Hide.

Nothing says “hot summer nights” more than a solid dose of winter-y horror, right? And there’s nothing more winter-y (and horrifying) than a prime time, 40th Anniversary screening of John Carpenter‘s 1982 sci-fi classic THE THING.

John Carpenter’s remake of Howard Hawke’s 1951 classic THE THING is a bleak, tense and frightening sci-fi thriller that delivers some truly memorable practical and makeup effects, in addition to Kurt Russell‘s truly memorable performance. THE THING is an ice-cold white-knuckle chiller about about scientists in the Antarctic who are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. 

THE THING is a peerless masterpiece of relentless suspense, retina-wrecking visual excess and outright, nihilistic terror.” (Empire Magazine)

THE THING is one of [Carpenter‘s] greatest moments, creating a terrifying atmosphere of claustrophobia, suspense and paranoia. And Kurt Russell is as good as he’s ever been, wearing one of the best beards in movie history.” (Total Film)


Tuesday, August 2 Encore Screening
Doors 8:15 pm | Movie 8:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets HERE

Saturday, August 6 Final Screening
Doors 10:15 pm | Movie 10:45 pm
Advance tickets HERE

*Minors permitted. Must be 19+ 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.

THE THING (John Carpenter, 1982 / 109 mins / PG) It’s the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It’s up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things.

Members of an American scientific research outpost in Antarctica find themselves battling a parasitic alien organism capable of perfectly imitating its victims. They soon discover that this task will be harder than they thought, as they don't know which members of the team have already been assimilated and their paranoia threatens to tear them apart.

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