Here’s your chance to watch stupid internet cat videos in public


You don’t even have to like cats to love cat videos. After all, there are times when it seems like cat videos power the internet. For those who have wasted away hour upon hour scrolling through ridiculous cat videos, you can now transport your obsession from your dark room on your smartphone to a shared experience in a public theatre.

CatVideoFest 2019 is clawing its way to the top of your social schedule, and will be showing twice over two May weekends at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre, screening May 12 and May 18.


The touring video festival offers a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and viral sensations.

Bringing cat video lovers together to share in the joy of watching the vids in the theatre, the event also raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Vancouver’s Orphan Kitten Cat Rescue Association (VOKRA).

Minors are welcome in the balcony for this event, too – so you can LOL with your little ones, too.

CatVideoFest 2019

When: Sunday, May 12 at 2:15 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m.
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 E Broadway, Vancouver
Cost: $12.50 advance (online), $14.50 at the door

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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, 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: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom