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Halloween film favourites playing at Rio Theatre's 'Scream Fest'

Tickets are selling fast for Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more showings this month
Rio Theatre is hosting a 'Scream Fest' of Halloween movies this month. Photo: Dan Toulgoet

An independent movie spot in Vancouver is playing a large lineup of spooky movies leading up to Halloween.

Rio Theatre is calling the festival “Scream Month" – it includes classic films Beetlejuice, Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, Young Frankenstein, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and more.

"Escape the nightmare, come see a movie," a sign on the Commercial-area theatre reads.

On Oct. 18 and 23, The Nightmare Before Christmas is planned to take over the big screen.

Listen up, pumpkinheads! Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is now screening October 18 & 23. Due to reduced...

Posted by The Rio Theatre on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Walt Disney’s Hocus Pocus will be shown Saturday, Oct. 17 with an encore viewing added the next day due to heightened interest in the film.

Tickets for our screening of HOCUS POCUS on October 17 are selling quickly, so we added an encore on Sunday, October 18...

Posted by The Rio Theatre on Thursday, October 8, 2020

As for the nights of Oct. 23 and 27, Beetlejuice showings are on the schedule.

It's showtime! (Almost) Tickets to our screening of BEETLEJUICE on October 23 are almost SOLD OUT, so we added another...

Posted by The Rio Theatre on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

COVID-19 health protocols will be in place, including mandatory face mask-wearing for moviegoers not seated inside of the theatre.

To stave off the spread of the virus, aisle seats are no longer permitted for use. Moviegoers are asked to sit at least three seats away from those not in their viewing group.

Due to the venue’s reduced capacity, advance tickets are recommended for showings.

For the full festival lineup, those interested can visit Rio’s website.