At the Rio

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The Nice Guys (15)

Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), and private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) are two not-so-nice guys, investigating the mystery surrounding the death of adult film star Misty Mountains, and searching for a missing teen on the run. Add in glorious 70’s retro styling, some vintage buddy-buddy chemistry between Crowe and Gosling, and the result is a nail-bitingly suspenseful, wickedly funny action fest that’s one of the most entertaining films of the year.
“Horribly enjoyable… It’s a comedy hardboiled noir, a plastic Black Dahlia with something of PT Anderson’s Boogie Nights, Altman’s version of Long Goodbye and even some weird touches of Lynch”
4/5 stars
Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian

Friday, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday only.
Love & Friendship (U)

Your last chance to see this wickedly funny, corset-stretching adaptation of Jane Austen’s LOVE & FRIENDSHIP combines the meeting of the maverick director Whit Stillman of such modern classics as BARCELONA and THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO and the biting humour of the great 19th Century novelist  – a superlative screwball comedy of matchmaking and heart-breaking that sparkles from beginning to convoluted end, and with its modern strain of cynicism an equally constant delight, this is, dear reader, a most particular pleasure indeed.

Half-term Family Matinee Friday at 1.30pm
Zootropolis (PG)

Disney’s latest animated triumph is fast and furious family fare with a message. The modern mammal metropolis of Zootropolis is a city like no other,  a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Yes, it’s a bunny/buddy movie and a cute, clever, bright and brilliant one!

Saturday from 11am
Dalston Children’s Festival
Kirikou Et Les Hommes Et Les Femmes  (U)

Followed By
Kirikou Et Les Sorciere – Live Performance on the Rio stage by
Hackney Youth Theatre
Join us at the Rio for two very special free events celebrating the work of Michel Ocelot, the award winning author, animator and director. These beautiful stories told through animation and drama will inspire and delight children and adults of all ages.
In association with ‘Mind Your Language International’
Suitable For All Ages

Pre-booking advised (call in at the cinema and collect your tickets) and on the day it will be first come first served.

This beautifully animated sequel to Kirikou et la Sorcière depicts our pint sized hero improving the lives of his neighbours in a small African village through kindness, intelligence and strength of character.
French language film screening with English subtitles


Stalker  (15) Saturday at 2.45pm

Mirror (U) Sunday at 1.45pm (Double Bill)
Nostalgia (15) Sunday at 3.45pm (Double Bill)

One of the world’s most visionary, celebrated and influential filmmakers, Andrei Tarkovsky made just seven features before his tragically early death. Each film is an artistic masterpiece of extraordinary visual beauty. In association with Curzon/Artificial Eye, we are delighted to present the films of Andrei Tarkovsky with new digital transfers of seven timeless and enduring landmarks of world cinema.

Stalker – Deep within the Zone, a bleak and devastated forbidden landscape, lies a mysterious room with the power to grant the deepest wishes of those strong enough to make the hazardous journey there. Hauntingly exploring man’s dreams and desires as well as the consequences of realising them, STALKER has been described as one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time.

Mirror – Tarkovsky’s most autobiographical work. In it he reflects both upon his own childhood and the destiny of the Russian people. The film’s many layers intertwine real life and family relationships – Tarkovsky’s father, the poet Arseny Tarkovsky, reads his own poems on the soundtrack and Tarkovsky’s mother appears as herself – with memories of childhood, dreams and nightmares.

Nostalgia – Tarkovsky’s unforgettably haunting film explores the melancholy of exile from one’s homeland. Gorchakov, a Russian poet researching in Italy, arrives at a Tuscan village spa with Eugenia, his beautiful Italian interpreter. He is haunted by memories of Russia and of his wife and children and is set a challenging task by the local mystic.

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
EXHIBITION: open 11am to 5pm.

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.


View Trailers here !

Other Highlights this week…

Wednesday at 2.30pm Classic Matinee

Three Coins In The Fountain(U)

Presented in glorious technicolor, three American women fall for the myth that if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain your wishes will be granted. Naturally, they all want to be swept off their feet by Italian men, and the film chronicles their rocky road to romance. With an all-star cast including Clifton Webb and Dorothy McGuire, this was the first Cinemascope picture ever made on location, winning its Director of Photography an Oscar. Frank Sinatra also serenades the audience with a fine rendition of the title song.
Over 50’s only £2
Carers go free
Standard matinee prices for everyone else
Friday June 24 to Sunday July 3

East End Film Festival

The Rio welcomes back the amazing East End Film Festival, this year we will be hosting the following screenings (all availble to book now):
Friday June 24 – Desire Will Set You Free + Q&A
Saturday June 25 – Seven Sisters Indoor Market + Q&A
Sunday June 26 – Queers Tales (shorts)
Sunday June 26 – Motherland (Ana Yerdu)
Tuesday June 28 – Frenzy
Thursday June 30 – Strike A Pose (hosted by House of Shabazz)
Saturday July 2 – The Blue Wave (Mavi Dalgar)
Saturday July 2 – London Overground + Q&A
Sunday July 3 – Transit Havana
Sunday July 3 – Uncle Howard + Q&A

Doc ‘n Roll Festival Thursday June 16 at 6.30pm

End Of The Century: The Ramones + Q&A (15)

This seminal documentary features all the Ramones and depicts every rise, fall and petty squabble they ever had.… plus Debbie Harry, Joe Strummer, Eddie Vedder, Linda Stein and many others. PLUS there will be an after party at Birthdays Dalston featuring a live performance by the legendary Ramonas !

+ Q&A with directors Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia.
Screening as part of Punk.London


Now open in the Rio’s amazing (and now unrecognisable) basement event space
Little Nan’s Rio Bar

Book in for 2 hours of Bottomless Teapot Cocktail & Unlimited 90’s Pic n Mix or Walk in’s are allowed if we have space! 

Little Nan’s Rio Bar is located in the secret vaults of The Rio Cinema from now until 14th August 2016

Guests can expect: Cocktails in Teapots | Lagers | Prosecco | Wine| Spirits & Mixers | 90’s moments | 90’s Pick n Mix | Fairground Popcorn | 90’s anthems | Kitsch fun | Photo opportunities | Named Celebration Cocktails | Candy Vodka Shots

Open Tuesday – Thursday 5pm – 12am/ Friday & Saturday 5pm – 2am  (available for private hires)

Be a Member, Save Money

With some great films like the critically acclaimed Jane Austen adaptation LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, our TARKOVSKY season, and the excellent 70’s buddy comedy THE NICE GUYS with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, theres been no better time to treat yourself or a friend or loved one to a Rio Membership. You’ll be supporting Hackney’s only independent community cinema and you’ll save money with up to £3 off tickets, and 10% off food and drinks at the café bar.

Plus we will be bringing you monthly offers from business and cultural partners in Hackney, and free member previews of some of the great films coming up at the Rio, for only £30 for single and £45 for joint annual membership.

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