The first moving picture, which depicted a horse running at full gallop, was quickly enhanced by the first special effects, which showed a horse exploding next to a 3-D spaceship. Enjoy advances in film with today's Groupon: for $14, you get two movie tickets and a large popcorn at Rio Theatre (a $29.60 value). Built in 1938, Rio Theatre is a classic movie house showcasing independent films and first-run features. This fully restored hall of filmatic fare boasts a 3-D digital projector, surround sound, and 445 luxury seats with adjustable arms and politely ungrabby hands. Get lost in the latest blockbuster or witty indie flick while chomping on salty popcorn topped with real butter. Check the schedule for shows and times. 3-D films are available for an additional $1.50.
Now that it has been fully restored, the Rio Theatre immediately recalls the splendour of its grand opening in 1938. Hiding behind the old-fashioned aesthetics, however, are a digital HD projector and surround-sound speakers that immerse filmgoers in an eclectic array of first-run blockbusters and cinema classics. Showing films again as of April 2012, the theatre’s movie selection ranges from sci-fi and horror to wholesome family films, though the program coalesces around a love for pop culture that the owners share with their most ardent fans.
Aside from the daily show times, cult classics—frequently in their original 35 mm form—screen at midnight on Fridays. Guests from all walks of life come out to these packed showings, where they can snack on popcorn made with real butter or win prizes for dressing in costume as their favourite character or key grip. The 420-seat theatre also hosts concerts and events throughout the year, including past performances by Janeane Garofalo and local musicians Bend Sinister.
1660 E Broadway
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