At the Rio

From Friday

Now Showing
The Nice Guys (15)

Shane Black’s wickedly funny hit features Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe), and private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) as two not-so-nice guys, investigating the mystery surrounding the death of adult film star Misty Mountains, and searching for a missing teen. Add in glorious 70’s retro styling, some vintage buddy-buddy chemistry between Crowe and Gosling, and the result is a nail-bitingly suspenseful action feast 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
Must end Thursday 16th – don’t miss!


Ivan’s Childhood (12A)
Friday at 1.45 & 6.45pm

The Sacrifice (15)
Saturday at  3.15pm

Andrei Rublev (12A)
Monday at  5.45pm

Solaris (12A)
Tuesday at  6pm

Mirror (U)
Wednesday at  6.15pm

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.

Ivan’s Childhood – Tarkovsky’s debut feature is an extraordinarily moving and powerful story of war and revenge. Determined to avenge his family’s death at the hands of the Nazis, 12-year-old Ivan joins a Russian partisan regiment as a scout, where he becomes indispensable for his ability to slip unnoticed through enemy lines.

The Sacrifice – Tarkovsky’s visionary final film unfolds in the hours before a nuclear holocaust, retired actor Alexander is celebrating his birthday when a crackly TV announcement warns of an imminent nuclear catastrophe. Alexander makes a promise to God that he will sacrifice all he holds dear, if the disaster can be averted. The next day dawns and, as if in a dream, everything is restored to normality. But Alexander must keep his vow.

Andrei Rublev – Regarded as Tarkovsky’s finest film, charting the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th-century Russian history which was marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and Tatar invasions, utterly epic and totally visceral.

Solaris – On a space station orbiting the ocean-covered planet Solaris, cosmonaut Kris Kelvin arrives to investigate a series of mysterious and bizarre occurrences among the crew. What he discovers are supernatural phenomena that cause repressed and haunting memories to take on physical form, including that of Kelvin’s late wife.

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.

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 adapted to meet the needs of future community audiences..

FREE BUILDING TOURS at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 3pm (Sat & Sun).
EXHIBITION: open 11am to 5pm (Sat & Sun).

Both Exhibition and Tours are free, 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 June 12 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.


Sunday June 12 at 3.15pm
NT Live ! Encore – The Audience (PG)

The Audience featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II makes its Rio debut, this special encore screening includes an exclusive Q&A with Helen Mirren and Stephen Daldry.
For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting. This meeting is known as The Audience. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, right up to today’s meetings with the current incumbent David Cameron, the Queen advises her Prime Ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

View Trailers here !

Other Highlights this week and coming soon…

Doc ‘n Roll Festival Thursday June 16 at 6.30pm

End Of The Century: The Ramones (15) + after party !

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 !
Screening as part of Punk.London


From Friday June 17

Tale Of Tales(15)

Inspired by the extraordinary fairytales by Giambattista Basile, Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is an inspired piece of fantasy cinema from the director of the very different GOMORRAH From the bitter quest of the Queen of Longtrellis (Salma Hayek) who forfeits the life of her husband (John C. Reilly), to two mysterious sisters who provoke the passion of the King of Strongcliff (Vincent Cassel), to the King of Highhills obsessed with a giant Flea (Toby Jones) leading to heartbreak for his young daughter, these stories weave the beautiful with the grotesque, creating a stunning and unique work of Gothic imagination.
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 –Queer 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

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

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 our current TARKOVSKY season, the excellent 70’s buddy comedy THE NICE GUYS with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling and the upcoming gothic treat TALE OF TALES, 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.

Click here for more information

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