At the RIO

Dear RIO supporter, please note that this Friday (24th) we are hosting a live concert by Father John Misty and will be resuming our film schedule on Saturday. Please note the event is Sold Out (sorry – we are not handling the tickets).

“In the winner of our Best Choice Of Venue Of The Year award (we created it just now), Father John Misty is set to play a show at the Rio Cinema in Dalston” DIY Mag

Now Showing (not Friday)

From an opening sequence in a haunted house with an intricately constructed soundtrack to a cat-and mouse game on a trip from Paris to London and back set entirely to text messaging, PERSONAL SHOPPER brings the psychological and supernatural thriller into the digital age. The captivating and enigmatic Kristen Stewart is the medium, in more ways than one, for a sophisticated genre exploration from the ever original and Cannes Film Festival Best Director winner Olivier Assayas.
She’s the personal shopper for a high-powered German model/designer and jet-setter who demands an endless supply of clothes and accessories be procured and delivered to her. But she also has the psychic ability to communicate with the spirit world, and her twin brother has just died, leaving her bereft and longing for messages from the other side.
A tense and eerie tale unfolds, but one told with a surprisingly playful sense of humour that makes it a delight to watch.
“Kristen Stewart is excellent in Olivier Assayas’s magnificently unconventional Paris-set ghost story.”
5/5 stars Time Out

Now Showing (not Friday)

The Cannes and Academy Award winning new film from the director of A SEPARATION is an acutely observed, ingeniously crafted and beautifully acted exploration of questions of morality and retribution. When their apartment literally starts falling apart, actor couple Rana and Emad must find a new place to stay.
Consumed by work on a theatre production of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman, they take up the offer from a fellow actor of an empty apartment. But the former occupant has left more than just furniture behind and this legacy proves highly dangerous for Rana and a threat to her marriage. With two brilliant performances at its thrilling heart, THE SALESMAN is a multi-layered triumph that is as provocative as it is gripping.

Silent Cinema Classic Sunday March 26 at 12.15pm

Abel Gance’s heroic depiction of the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte is an undisputed cinema landmark.  Cool under pressure, Bonaparte overcomes fierce rivals, the deadly Terror and political machinations to seal his imperial destiny. Monumental and visionary, the story’s chapters play out in exhilarating fashion.
Featuring an equally mammoth score composed and conducted by Carl Davis, this definitive digital restoration, the culmination of an unprecedented 50 year restoration project led by filmmaker and historian Kevin Brownlow, presents this silent masterpiece in all its grandiose glory.

From Friday March 31

Set in 1970s Boston (but shot in Brighton) FREE FIRE opens with mysterious American businesswoman Brie Larson and her wise-cracking associate Armie Hammer) in a deserted warehouse, arranging a black-market weapons deal between IRA arms buyer Chris (Cillian Murphy) and shifty South African gun runner Vernon (Sharlto Copley). Polite, if uneasy, exchanges give way to escalating tension and soon it’s everyone for themselves… Packed with witty one-liners, this wickedly cinematic shootout is a bold and breathless stunner.

Friday March 31 at 11.30pm
Sunday April 2 at 11am

Get ready for some first class urban legend chills, young couple Chloe and Danny make the mistake of visiting an abandoned house, once home to a mysterious old woman said by some to be a witch. Local legend says that if you knock on her door then the vengeful ghost will snatch you away to her hellish limbo.
Friday late show at 11.30pm and a Sunday matinee at 11am.
★★★★ Den Of Geek

“One of the best mother-child horror movies since The Orphanage” VODzilla

“A charming and well-crafted thriller” Bloody Disgusting

April 3 to 8 Holiday Matinee Daily
SING is a star-studded, winningly witty animated toe-tapping tale for all ages. Koala Buster Moon, loveable scoundrel and eternal optimist, runs a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. Now he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory-produce the world’s greatest singing competition. It’s open to everyone, and everyone turns up: Rosita, a pig who used to sing but gave it up to have a family; Ash, a punk rock porcupine; and Johnny, a gorilla torn between his family’s criminal gang and his showbiz dreams. The show must indeed go on!
Sunday April 2 at 4pm
WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW (15)  BOOK TICKETSPreview + Q& A + Live Performance via Satellite

Hosted by Julian Clary, a special Q&A Preview screening of WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW? Including a performance by the London Gay Men’s Chorus streamed live via satellite from the Barbican.

This Berlin Film Festival Best Documentary award winner is a tender insight into the life of a gay Jewish man and his families. After being kicked out of his conservative kibbutz for not being ‘religious,’ 21-year old Saar flees to the freedom of London, but the dream soon turns into a nightmare… With the support and warmth of his surrogate brothers -The London Gay Men’s Chorus – Saar has to decide between his two worlds – should he return to Israel and embrace his family once more, or stay in London. An intimate and honest slice of real life about family and forgiveness which celebrates the triumph of love over hate.


We will very shortly be launching our fund-raising to create a second screen in the basement and restore the exterior of the RIO – a lot of you have been asking how you can get involved, we will be able to give you more details next week !

Beautiful cinema…
Get a whole year of fantastic films with a RIO membership.
Now with NEW membership options !

As a RIO member you’ll be supporting Hackney’s only independent community cinema and you’ll save money with up to £2 off tickets, and 10% off food and drinks at the café bar.

CLASSIC RIO – only £30 for an annual membership (+ 2 free tickets) and £50 for joint annual membership (+ 4 free tickets).

RIO BRAVO – only £60 for an annual membership (+4 free tickets) and £100 for joint annual membership (+8 free tickets) plus ( 15% at the cafe/bar, and you can also bring a non-member friend who will get the same ticket discount as yours, every Wednesday!)

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