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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Happy birthday to the Rio! Which just turned 100. It was remodelled in the 30s and architecturally is an Art Deco classic with a lovely two-tier exterior - sit in the balcony for a bird's eye view, but not on a warm day as it gets very hot up there. It is admittedly NOT the most comfortable cinema in town, but it is the prettiest. They show all the major releases plus avant-garde movies and...more
Really great independent cinema, love the late night classic weekend showings. Saw Casablanca here on Valentines day, the Shining a few weeks after, great atmosphere, beautiful building and amazing films.more
I love coming here for the baby cinema. It's liberating to get out of the house and watch a film with a crying baby... because there are plenty of other crying babies!
It's a bit chaotic, but in a good way. There are babies crying, being breastfed, crawling in the aisles, and nappies being changed. It's definitely a cheap and enjoyable way to break away from any parental cabin fever.more
Let's face it Dalston's a bit grim. At the best of times. Sure it's cool and all, there are the pop ups and the Red Stripes and the asymmetrical haircuts... but it's not the cheeriest of places. Step up Rio! A charming old cinema, it's got that faded Art Deco glamour that is just irresistible! Sure you literally sit knee to knee with your neighbours, but it's cosy and as intimate as you want...more