Ryan Reynolds salutes the Rio Theatre for a fundraising job well done

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      One of the Rio Theatre's biggest fans has shared its success with the world.

      Ryan Reynolds, a.k.a. Vancity Reynolds, has tweeted to his 15 million followers that the single-screen theatre and arts venue in East Van never gave up.

      And that's why nobody else gave up, resulting in the moviehouse being saved.

      "This deserves sincere musical swells," Reynolds wrote alongside the hasthtag #LongLiveTheRio.

      It came after the City of Vancouveer provided a $375,000 grant to enable the Vancouver Art House Society to buy the property.

      The owners of the building put the site up for sale in January, raising questions about the theatre's future.

      At the time, Rio Theatre CEO Corinne Lea emphasized that her company had eight years remaining on its lease.

      In a brochure, CBRE described the 6,350-square-foot property as a "high density residential development site" with "strong assembly potential" with adjacent sites.

      But now, it appears as though the cherished film and arts venue will remain at that location for years to come.

      "Yes! The Rio Is Saved," the theatre has declared on its website.