The Rio is one of the largest independent cinemas in London. The art deco interior has one screen that shows new releases, arthouse films and a range of community screenings such as the annual Turkish and Kurdish film festivals, the Saturday morning Children’s Picture Club, midweek Classic Matinées, Parent and Baby matinées. The cinema participates in Spanish and Gay and Lesbian film festivals.
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Independent cinemas are scattered across London and this is the Jewel of the East - unfortunately expensive popcorn and a predictable screenings make this spot a little disappointing. I saw Control here a year or so ago and liked the vibe the place has. f you go to the big cinemas now people just sit there like Zombies! Here you get applause, laughter and cheering to films - great for getting...more
As it stands, this is my favorite place to see a film in London. (Of course, my judgement may be clouded by the fact that it's a short walk from my flat.)
It's a Pearl & Dean cinema, and unfortunately they show 15-20 minutes of adverts before most features. (I'm someone who *likes* film trailers, but I'm not at all fond of the straight-up ads before the trailers.) On the other hand, you...more
Love the concessions stand here.
The Rio, unlike multiplexes, sells small portions of most things, home made cake, cup of tea, drinkable amounts of soft drink. I think they even have home made samozas which is great.
They show mainly independent cinema but sometimes show things a bit more mainstream as long as they are well reviewed.
My only problem is the sound quality up on the balcony....more
I love the fact that this cinema has so much character.
Its independant, housed in a old theatre (I think) and has an upper circle of seats. Cinema on two levels. Thats pretty novel if you ask me! Shame I haven't ever been in there when the upper level was open though.
There is only one screen, so you dont get a choice of film, but the interesting choices of films they show more then makes it...more
Ooh, I like this cinema. It's another of those old style cinemas. Non commerical. They show a couple of movies at a time, usually independant movies and usually only for week. Reminds me of watching movies as a young lass! aah!more