Save the Rio Theatre: Win Tickets to Kevin Smith

Friday, March 16th, 2018 — 11:55am PDT
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The first and only thought that went through the minds of the Rio Theatre‘s team when they heard that their landlord got an offer from a developer in early 2018 was: “We have to save the building.”

Save the Rio Theatre

Save the Rio Theatre

They sprung into action, launching an online campaign so they could provide a counter-offer. The community rallied, celebrities threw in their support, and over tens of thousands of online signatures, their creative offer to purchase was accepted.

Built in 1938, The Rio Theatre is a historical landmark that has become an award winning hub for independent film and live performance.

Now, the Rio Theatre has about 18 days left to raise millions of dollars.

They have setup an Indiegogo campaign with some fun and creative offers for supporters. Tax receipts will also be issued for those who donate $300 or more, through the Vancouver Art House Society, a registered non-profit BC society.

This is your chance to help save, and be a part of, Vancouver history.

There are so many ways you can support the Indiegogo campaign, with over 50 perks being offered in partnership with local businesses.

Win Tickets to Kevin Smith

When the campaign first began, writer, director, actor and podcaster Kevin Smith generously showed his support on social media and offered to step up for the cause. Even after suffering a heart attack in late February, he is still committed to the Rio.

Kevin Smith will be hosting two sold out shows at the Rio Theatre on Friday, March 30, 2018 and I have tickets to give away to the later show at 9:30pm PLUS the perk of early entry since it is General Admission.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Visit the Indiegogo page and leave a comment back here naming your favourite perk on offer (1 entry)
  • Comment on this post on Facebook, naming a film or show you’ve seen (or would like to see) at the Rio Theatre (1 entry)
  • Click and post the tweet below on Twitter (1 entry)
Click to enter via TwitterClick To Tweet

Use the tag #SaveTheRio on social media and follow the Rio on Facebook and Twitter for their latest updates.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, March 23, 2018.

Update The winner is @silverselene03!

Current contests on


  1. Maryanne says:

    The I saved the Rio Membership!

  2. Paul says:

    the Sweet Greek

  3. Erin says:

    I love the Name a Seat perk

  4. Donald says:

    JFL-Ronny Chieng

  5. Laura Langs says:

    4 passes.

  6. Steve Vanderwoerd says:

    I like the Art House Perk most. It transcends just saving this one community hub.

  7. Teresa K says:

    2 Rio passes

  8. Eileen says:

    I Saved The Rio Tote Bag!

  9. Stotes says:

    I love the Name a Seat perk.

  10. Shelley Butcher says:

    All the perks are cool. But I really like the Name a Seat perk.

  11. Wes says:

    Classic Rio T-Shirts!

  12. Ramona says:

    The VIP screening would be fun! #savetherio

  13. Squilax says:

    I love the name a seat perk, and also the Lindsay’s Diet photo package – Lindsay is a great photographer

  14. L. Marie says:

    The ‘name a seat’ perk is wonderful, reminds me of the benches along the seawall with nameplate remembrances.

  15. AlexM says:

    Name a seat is cool

  16. Kevin says:

    Storm Troopers in hot boots!

  17. Kim C says:

    I love Kevin Smith! Great opportunity to hear him speak.

  18. Rebecca kean F. says:

    Forbidden Tours

  19. Christina says:

    Forbidden Tours – I did a similar walking tour near Halloween a few years ago and it was awesome!

    It’s awesome to see two of my favourite public personalities – Miss604 and Kevin Smith – working to save The Rio. It’s such a great community venue, and events are made even better due to the audience!

  20. Cheuk Lau says:

    Save the Rio

  21. Bruce says:

    Sasquatch Festival / The National !

  22. Valerie Cormier says:

    Rio tote bag 🙂

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