Rio Cinema

The Rio Cinema in Dalston


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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Rio Cinema

E8 2PB
+44 20 7241 9410
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews


4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Rio Cinema

4.0 out of 5 13 November 2014
by Aromy X.

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

4.0 out of 5 3 October 2014
by Sophie L.

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

3.0 out of 5 23 February 2011
by Ellie K.

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

4.0 out of 5 17 May 2010
by Tristan J.

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

3.0 out of 5 4 May 2009
by Lizzie G.

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

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