At the RIO

This Week & Coming Soon to the RIO

Now Showing

The great Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative, shocking, suspenseful and perversely funny exploration of twisted desires, power, pain and pleasure. She’s the ruthless head of a video game company, whose life is turned upside down when she is attacked in her own home by an unknown assailant. Her response becomes a strange and thrilling game, but one which could spiral out of control at any moment… A genre-bending original, rich in ambiguity, that dares to juggle shock and the comedy of manners, ELLE is consummate, fascinating, disturbing and mesmerising film making topped by the performance of an iconic actress at the height of her brilliance.
“Huppert’s magnificent performance glazes everything with mystery… utterly arresting”
5/5 stars The Guardian”

Late shows tonight and tomorrow (Sat) at 11.30pm


It’s back to the visual splendour and brightly coloured camp of 1960s and 70s exploitation movies as director Anna Biller charges headlong into the supernatural and mystical world of modern witchcraft. Elaine is a witch in love with love, or at least the idea of it anyway. Her last few relationships haven’t worked out too well, so when she meets the man of her dreams – a detective investigating the disappearance of some of the local male population – desire turns to desperation and she begins to dabble in sinister forces that promise to fulfil her dream of true love, but at what cost? Lovely to look at, marvellously dark and deliciously subversive, THE LOVE WITCH is a glorious, enjoyable feast with something to say.
“Drenched in the Technicolor 60s, Anna Biller’s outrageous, showstopping B-movie oozes with A-grade potency… And, yes, of course it is ridiculous, but brilliant and, frankly, sublime. See it at midnight.”
5/5 stars The Guardian

Sat 11 March at 4.15pm

Blending drama, mystery and magical realism and as gripping as it is unique, first-time writer-directorAnna Rose Holmer’s multi-award winning film is the story of eleven-year-old tomboy Toni. She is bewitched by the tight-knit dance team she sees practicing in the same Cincinnati gymnasium where she boxes. Enamoured by the power and confidence of the strong community of girls, Toni spends less and less time boxing with her older brother,  and even pierces her ears in an effort to fit in. But then something happens to complicate Toni’s desire for acceptance. THE FITS looks at adolescence, gender and self-discovery in a fresh, totally unexpected and spellbinding way.

Sun 12 March at 3.00pm

Space is the Place is a rare, unmissable trash culture, science fiction classic. Starring the Afrofuturism jazz star Sun Ra, this loosely based biopic offers the uninitiated a tantalising glimpse into his fantastical world. Born in 1914 as Herman Poole Blount, he had a vision in his thirties that he had somehow originated from Saturn and promptly changed his name to Sun Ra. Dressed from then on in elaborate Egyptian-inspired papal robes, and arriving in a music powered space ship, he spent the next 50 years on a mission to enlighten the world with his unique experimental music, and save the black race from social injustice by starting an all-black colony in the sky, while recruiting a legion of fans along the way.
With and intro by Roger Burton.


Just married. Buried alive. Hedda longs to be free…

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

A new adaptation and a strikingly modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece features Ruth Wilson in the title role, Kyle Soller as sexless husband Tesman, Rafe Spall as Brack, the charismatic alternative to wedded boredom and Chukwudi Iwuji as her brilliant-minded ex-lover Lovborg.

‘An invigorating production which forces us to see Ibsen’s masterpiece with fresh eyes.’ Guardian

‘Ruth Wilson is phenomenal.’ Time Out

‘One of the performances and productions of the year.’ Daily Telegraph

Running Time: 2 hours, 40 mins including interval.


Sunday 19 March at 1.00pm

Long thought to be lost forever, this recently rediscovered 1922 film captures two of the biggest stars of the silent screen, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, the only film where the pair appear together. Cast as would-be lovers in a gloriously doomed romantic affair, she plays a habitual clotheshorse, showcasing numerous glamorous gowns, while he cuts a picture of elegance in a wardrobe designed by his then lover Natacha Rambova. Among the film’s sartorial highlights are its resplendent eighteenth-century sequences, devised very much in the style of Wood’s mentor Cecil B. DeMille.This screening will be introduced by Adrian Garvey, with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne.

Film and Live Performance on stage at the RIO – Sunday 19 Mar at 3.00pm

Mo’ Better Blues, Spike Lee’s love letter to jazz, will be shown as part of the wider “Spike is 60” film festival celebrating the director’s 60th birthday.
It tells the story of renowned jazz musician Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington) as he chooses between teacher Indigo and aspiring singer Clarke whilst trying to take his band to the next level.
This screening will include an immersive jazz performance by musicians who will play improvised music throughout the screening.

RIO Exclusive – proceeds go towards our fund raising campaign

To purchase online check out our new online shop HERE

Limited Edition Toni Erdmann Risograph print by Rob Flowers

3 Colour A3 print on 300 gsm acid free paper. Dimensions
A3 297 x 420mm

Edition of 50, signed by the artist.

Print £20 or £15 with a an online ticket purchase.

Rob Flowers is an illustrator who’s work has been used by clients as diverse as The British Museum / House of Holland / Terry de Havilland / Anorak Magazine / The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic / BBC Radio One / Nike and Children in Need.  With a distinctively bold style defined by crayon bright palettes, play forms and eccentric characters. Stationed in his Flowers Towers, studio, Rob is a Keen collector of kitsch ephemera and historical miscellany, counting 80s gross-out toys, 70s cartoons and early McDonald’s advertising memorabilia amongst his treasury. His Work draws on his fondness for mythology, combining whimsical imagery with symbolism and folkloric elements.

Beautiful cinema…
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