The Rio is an independent Art Deco picture palace in Dalston, Hackney. They show a mixture of arthouse and mainstream films, all programmed by the in-house team and shown on their single, full-sized silver screen.
The building is Grade II listed by English Heritage, who admire the 'sweeping curves' of the Rio's 1930s auditorium. To add to the traditional cinema experience, they have plush red velvet seats, atmospheric music before the show, and long red curtains that swish back before the film starts.
Usually showing one or two main feature films each week, plus late shows at the weekend, kids' screenings, Parent & Baby screenings and the popular Classic Matinees for the over 50s. They're a key venue for several film festivals, and home to the London Turkish Film Festival. They also host special events from the likes of Cigarette Burns Cinema and Amy Grimehouse. There's a stage in the auditorium, too, which means they can put on theatre, music, talks and cabaret.
The Rio is run as a not-for-profit charity and they're very proud to be London's longest operating community cinema (nearly 40 years). They encourage local people to get involved by running affordable screenings for children and the over 50s, and a regular programme of educational school screenings.