VANCOUVER’S RIO THEATRE STAYS AFLOAT BY DITCHING MOVIES FOR SPORTS

Owner Corinne Lea rebranded her venue to comply with provincial health regulations

The marquee at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver announcing its transition from a movie theatre to a sports bar to circumvent provincial health rules. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

The saga around Vancouver’s Rio Theatre took yet another twist on Saturday as it reopened as a sports bar to circumvent provincial health regulations that mandate movie theatres to close.

It’s the latest creative ploy by owner Corrine Lea to keep the indie theatre in its historic building open.

“Our marquee says ‘screw the arts, we’re a sports bar now.’ And that’s because the arts are getting screwed,” she said.

Lea does not agree with an order from the provincial health officer that bars the gathering for events such as movies to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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