At the Rio

From Friday

Carol (15)

Director Todd Haynes continues his string of sensitive and intelligent reworkings of classic Hollywood melodrama, once again distinguished by standout performances. Both Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, as the two women entangled in an intoxicating relationship, are simply phenomenal in this exquisite and poignant meditation on longing.

Friday 27 November, 11.30pm

Fringe! Sister Act (PG)

Throw on your best habits and join Fringe! for a night like nun other with the over-the-top, camp, sing-along late night screening of classic 90’s comedy SISTER ACT as Whoopi Goldberg and host Holestar seek refuge from the mean streets of Dalston behind the Rio’s convent walls.

+ Pre-screening Live Performance with Holestar.

Saturday 28 November, 11.00am

Bill (PG)

From the creators of ‘Horrible Histories comes the story of ‘what really happened’ during Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’ – how the hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare left his family and home to follow his dream.

Saturday 28 November, 1pm

Fringe! The Turkish Boat (15)

THE TURKISH BOAT brings together Amsterdam’s famous Gay Pride Canal Parade and the first ever Turkish Boat that took part in the parade.

Showing with the short film THE DECISION (15)

Saturday 28 November, 3.30pm

Fringe! Chemsex (18)

Sex, drugs and… well more sex and drugs. CHEMSEX is a gritty, raw and unflinching VICE documentary feature about the chemsex sub-scene of London’s queer community.

Screening followed by a Panel Discussion.

Saturday 28 November, 11.30pm

Fringe! Nova Dubai (18)

Gustavo Vinagre’s raw, political and poetic film blurs the boundaries between fact, fiction and porn and exploits the cliches of gay porn fantasies – the construction worker, the estate agent, the daddy-son scenario – to comment on the encroaching gentrification of queer spaces and consumer-obsessed millennial gay culture.

Sunday 29 November, 1pm

Fringe! This is Now (18)

In the early 1980s, clubbers, art students, new romantics and members of the post-punk scene used inexpensive, domestic technology to find new modes of expression and subvert the mainstream media. Independent VHS tapes were released; stridently bypassing censorship and Super8 film was embraced as a cheap yet distinctly lyrical and direct new medium.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. .

Sunday 29 November, 3.45pm

Fringe! Naz & Maalik (15)

Jay Dockendorf’s debut feature was inspired by interviews with Muslims in post-9/11 New York and skillfully interweaves weighty subjects with a light touch and a casual narrative, all elevated by the blistering chemistry between its two leads.
From 18th November to 12th December

Electric (15)

A new promenade theatre production in the basement of the Rio.

The Big House (TBH) is a local charity based in Dalston working with young people who have been though the care system. TBH works with some of the most socially excluded young people, who due to multiple broken down placements at a young age have lost trust with statutory services.

Watch trailers

Coming soon… Book now!

Fri 4, Sat 5 & Fri 11 Dec, 11.30pm

Love 3D (18)

French cine-provocateur Gaspar Noé continues to extend boundaries and enter the voids where others rarely tread, and this time he does so in 3D. LOVE contains shocking and explicit moments but these give way to a revealing examination of love and sex that is portrayed with an all too rare honesty.

From Sat 5 Dec

Taxi Tehran(12A)

Panahi, driving passengers around Tehran disguised as a cabbie, captures a lively and revealing snapshot of a cross-section of Iranian society, mixing the comedic with the political in a characteristic blurring of the boundaries between fact and fiction. Ingenious, exciting, and entertaining. 


From Thu 17th Dec

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D (12A tbc)

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (1977 to be precise) George Lucas transformed the stuff of 1930s Saturday Morning sci-fi serials such as FLASH GORDON into a culturally iconic phenomenon. Now with STAR TREK director JJ Abrams in charge, the omens are good for an epic return to greatness as the great adventure continues.

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