This Is Spinal Tap

Prepare to crank those amps up to eleven

Get ready to rock out (and maybe lick a love pump, or two) at the Rio Theatre with a very special screening of the iconic comedy satire THIS IS SPINAL TAP on Tuesday, July 2!

Director Rob Reiner‘s THIS IS SPINAL TAP pushed (or possibly created) the “mockumentary” genre with this pitch-perfect, hilarious spoof about the excesses of the rock n’ roll lifestyle. Reiner (who also appeared as Archie Bunker’s son-in-law on TV’s ALL IN THE FAMILY) cast himself in the role of “director” Marty DiBergi, tasked with chronicling the life and times of Britain’s loudest heavy metal band, Spinal Tap (co-writers Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer), during their American comeback tour.

“It stays so wickedly close to the subject that it is very nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.” (The New York Times)

“… all these years later, their songs remain the same, the jokes are still funny — and in terms of fake movie bands, they still go to 11.” (Rolling Stone)

“The funniest film ever made.” (BBC)

Presented with Backcountry Brewing in support of their new “Mine Goes to Eleven” Mango Coconut Lime Sour. Wear your best 70s / 80s glam rock ensemble for a chance to enter and win prizes!

Tuesday, July 2
Doors 6:15 pm | Movie 6:45 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $13 HERE | $13 at the door

*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.

THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Rob Reiner, 1984 / 82 mins / PG) Legendary British rock band Spinal Tap is followed by a documentary film-maker during their attempt at an American comeback tour. The resulting film, interspersed with powerful performances showcasing Tap’s pivotal music and profound lyrics, candidly follows the group as the difficult industry threatens to fade them into obscurity.

"This Is Spinal Tap" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.
  • Budget
    $2,500,000.00
  • Revenue
    $4,736,202.00
  • IMDB

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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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