Saturday June 11 & Sunday June 12
The London Festival Of Architecture: Riogeneration: Community Cinema & Ryder Architecture
The Rio, in collaboration with Ryder Architecture, invites you to celebrate the London Festival of Architecture with a programme of events focusing on the role of community cinema.
Originally built in 1915 as the Kingsland Empire, the Rio was extensively remodelled in the 1937 with the stunning art deco curves you see today (Grade II listed). As the Classic Cinema it adapted to survive as a commercial cinema in the 50s and 60s in a variety of guises, but became the focal point for much of the area’s cultural, political and social life in the 70s, after being taken over and run by a community cooperative. In 1979 it became the not-for-profit charilty based community cinema that we know and love today.
Along with a programme of architectural films and tours of the Rio, there will be an exhibition documenting the history of the Rio building and exploring ideas for how the various spaces within the building might be adaopted to support the needs of the community in the future.
BUILDING TOURS at 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm. and 3.pm.
EXHIBITION: open 11am to 5pm.
FILM SCREENINGS at 1.15pm: UTOPIA LONDON (Saturday); PLAYTIME (Sunday)
Both Exhibition and Tours are free but booking is required for the tours. Tour bookings include a complimentary Rio Discount Voucher.
Tickets for the films are now on sale.
UTOPIA LONDON (U) Saturday June 11 at 1.15pm
UK 2010. Dir: Tom Cordell. 82 mins.
There was a time when London united around the vision of a better future and UTOPIA LONDON takes us on a visually stunning journey through that recent architectural past. It is the story of of the Modernist architects who rebuilt London after World War Two and revolutionised life in the city in which director Tom Cordell grew up. Some of these young idealists are reunited with the buildings they designed using science and art to realise their vision of a city of equal citizens. The story goes on to explore how the meaning of these transformative buildings has been radically manipulated over subsequent decades. Inspired by the optimism of the past it poses the inevitable question; where do we go from here?
PLAYTIME (PG) Sunday 12 June at 1.15pm
France 1967. Dir: Jacques Tati. 115 mins. Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly, France Delahalle, Valerie Camille
Monsieur Hulot, the timeless creation of the great Jacques Tati, finds himself in an imagined modernist Paris, an impersonal and sterile world of endless corridors, slippery floors, sinking chairs, sliding doors and misleading reflections. In this epitome of the modern high-tech corporate herelabyrinth, Hulot sticks out as a misaligned cog in the machinery of modern life, lost in a massive metropolis that is in fact one of the most extraordinary and magnificent film sets ever constructed. This multi-layered symphony of sight and sound gags is Tati’s purest, most surreal, comic vision but also a very much still relevant indictment of the overwhelming depersonalisation of modern life.