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Rio Theatre Opening at Broadway and Commercial Drive

May 5, 2006

By Catherine Barr


The historic Rio Theatre, at East Broadway and Commercial Drive, first opened its doors in 1938. Once called "The Showplace of Vancouver", the vintage, single-screen movie house was recently acquired and renovated back to life by Vancouver businessman Mukesh (Mike) Goyal. The history remains, but the theatre now sports new equipment, some of the most comfortable seats ever and a strict "no commercials" policy. A special VIP opening celebration took place last Friday night where invited guests were treated to a special screening of "Mission: Impossible III"  complete with popcorn and prizes.

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Helping greet guests before the movie and hand out tickets at the door were Rio PR gals Celin Otterstein (left), Bevin MIddleton and Yvonne Seiler.
Standing on the red carpet in front of the limos at the Rio opening were guests Traci Myles (left) and Megan Moyle.
Rio Theatre project supporter Tom Mayenknecht (left), principle and director Mike Goyal, supporter James Macdonald.
Chris Zilliax, Bevin Middleton, Mieke Haughton, and Andrew Laurence in the lobby after "Mission: Impossible III".
Rio Theatre manager Andrea Vanderveen and owner/principle Mike Goyal promise an old fashioned movie experience with all the modern amenities.



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