Rio Cinema

The Rio is one of the largest independent cinemas in London. Read More


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

Yelp Reviews

8.00 out of 5
based on 30 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Rio Cinema

3.0 out of 5
24 November 2015
by Gareth C.

This is one of those older cinemas converted for modern use. They have a bar here and you can enjoy a drink while you watch a movie. The only problem is the seats are still in the same original layout and you end up tilting your head around the person in front of you to see it. The selection of films is a different mater and I've watch quite a few good ones here. more

4.0 out of 5
27 April 2015
by Helena S.

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

4.0 out of 5
03 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

5.0 out of 5
29 May 2015
by Aka B.

Great good old cinema! Become a member, it's worth it- as you help the business and it pays for itself with free tickets.

They show a selection of Arthouse and other recommended films and the interior is of entertaining beauty.

Drinks are friendly priced- so get them there to help keep it open.

Getting tickets is easy online, you can collect them in the Theater on arrival without queuing. more

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

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