Voted #1 Independent Theatre in Vancouver, The Rio Theatre 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 of the most comfortable brand new luxury seats.

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. Winner of the Georgia Straight People’s Choice award for Best Concession, we have a huge selection of beverages & snacks plus our signature artisan Grilled Cheese sandwiches! And we only serve real buttered popcorn!

The Rio is also available for rent for private screenings or for your special event.

Owned In: British Columbia

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Last Updated July 27, 2021



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