V.I.A. Podcast Ep. 21: Corinne Lea of The Rio Theatre


This week on the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast we sit down with Corinne Lea, General Manager of The Rio Theatre. Lea walks us through the venue’s backstory, including the recent months of turmoil and the logistics of raising money to buy it from the current landlord before someone else does.

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Corinne Lea of The Rio Theatre at the V.I.A. Podcast Studio (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

The Rio Theatre is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and, most importantly, because of the terms of Lea’s tenancy, no matter how the buying process plays out, the venue as we know it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Lea explains how that all works, as well as catches us up on the latest on the Rio’s historic crowd-funding campaign, and why actor James Franco should probably pitch in a little, too.

Photograph By DAN TOULGOET

Sitting in for Bob Kronbauer again this week is V.I.A. Content Editor Adam Nanji. Adam and Lindsay take a look at the notion of “overdosing” on marijuana, why the Grocery and Specialty Food West show and conference is Lindsay’s favourite time of year, and why Adam is going to do some baking by himself.

City of Vancouver Archives, LGN 1161. Photo BC Electric Railway Company photographer.

Plus, a shout out to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s new guide to historic Chinatown, and Lindsay’s love for one of the seven remaining Interurban streetcars left from Metro Vancouver’s urban light rail boom days.

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Show notes for Ep. 21




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Aug 14, 1945. V.J.Day Celebration, 100 block of E Pender St. CVA 586-3955/Vancouver Archives


Produced and hosted by Lindsay William-Ross and Bob Kronbauer.
Additional support from Adam Nanji.
Our Associate Producer is Albert Van Santvoort.
We record in the studio at Glacier Media, 303 West 5th Avenue in Mt Pleasant.
Theme song is Vancouver BC by The Smugglers ©1990, available on iTunes.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom