Rio Theatre

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The Rio Theatre on Broadway and Commercial, voted #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, is a multimedia venue for premier independent cinema of feature films and live entertainment.

Built in 1938, the Rio has been fully restored with a state of the art digital projector, surround sound, a huge stage for live events, and 420 comfortable seats (with adjustable arms in case you’re on a date). Winner of the Georgia Straight People’s Choice award for Best Concession, we have a huge selection of beverages & snacks plus we only serve real buttered popcorn!

In 2012, The Rio won a hard fought battle with the BC Liquor board, to change the liquor laws so that movie theatres could serve alcohol. Since the BC Liquor Laws were changed in 2012, The Rio has full bar service with a wide range of local Craft beer & cider, local organic wines, mixed drinks & cocktails, plus our signature artisan Grilled Cheese sandwiches!

Known for our eclectic programming, from late night screenings of cult classics, to the best cutting edge must see feature films! Our programming also includes Hollywood classics like Grease Sing-a-long, local live burlesque, regular monthly Improv comedy, international touring musical acts, plus film and comedy festivals. The Rio has it all! With friendly film-loving staff ready to make you feel at home.

The Rio Cinema caters to Sci -Fi, Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Cult and Horror movies for both adult and family rated films. We encourage people to have fun & dress up & yell out or sing along. We love pop culture of all kinds and so do the Rio fans. Fanatic Film geeks are welcome! Dress in costume at our late night screenings and win a prize!

1660 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1
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