Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival: Rio Theatre screenings relocated to Denman Cinemas

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      Due to the Rio Theatre receiving a liquor licence, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival has had to relocate six of its screenings that were scheduled to be shown at the East Vancouver venue.

      As you may have already read, the Rio Theatre was informed on January 19 it would be receiving its liquor-primary licence but could no longer show films at the venue.

      Vancouver city council voted on January 31 to request the B.C. government to permit it to continue showing movies without bar service.

      VIMFF festival director Alan Formanek had previously told the Straight that he would wait to see if there were any further developments regarding the Rio's licence before taking action.

      However, Formanek has had to relocate six screenings from the Rio Theatre in East Vancouver to Denman Cinemas (1779 Comox Street) in the West End.

      The good news for moviegoers is that only the location will change. The programming, dates, and times of the shows will all remain the same.

      The following programs are affected:

      • Life on the Road (February 11)
      • Polish Night (February 12)
      • Alpine Adventures Night (February 13)
      • Kayaking Night (February 15)
      • Women Rock! (February 16)
      • Ski Show (February 17)

      The VIMFF, an annual showcase of films and speakers about mountain sport, recreation, culture, and issues, starts on Friday (February 10) and runs until February 18.

      For full details on the festival, please visit the VIMFF website.

      Formanek participated in a press conference held today with Mount Pleasant NDP MLA Jenny Kwan, Rio Theatre owner Corinne Lea, and Festival Cinemas owner Leonard Schein.

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