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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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
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