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This Week & Coming Soon to the RIO
Now Showing
THE HANDMAIDEN (DIRECTOR’S CUT) (18) BOOK TICKETSFrom one of modern cinema’s great originals, Park Chan-wook comes THE HANDMAIDEN, a sumptuous and exhilarating thriller inspired by Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel ‘Fingersmith’ and showing for the first time in the original director’s cut.

Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, handmaiden Sookee is hired by Hideko, a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering uncle. But Sookee harbours a secret…

With breathtaking visuals, grandiose set design and frenzied humour, THE HANDMAIDEN is an opulent and labyrinthine tale of deception, romance and triple-crossing from one of cinema’s most thrilling film makers.

PLUS we have two screenings of the standard release version on Friday and Saturday at 3.15pm BOOK TICKETS

Now Showing
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (12A)  BOOK TICKETSNarrated by Samuel L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work, award-winning director Raoul Peck, has completed the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote.

In 1979, writer James Baldwin embarked on his final project, Remember This House, an account of the lives and violent deaths of his friends Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. At the time of his own death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript but now this stunning documentary breathes new life into Baldwin’s mellifluous text. Using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material, I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO connects historical struggles for equality with contemporary movements for justice and piercingly demonstrates how the writer’s sharp perspective on racism remains as powerfully and painfully relevant as ever.

Sun & Bank Hol Mon at 12.15pm
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (U) BOOK TICKETSA Mongolian girl dares to break the gender barrier of an ancient hunting tradition. For over 2,000 years, hunting game on horseback with the help of a golden eagle has been a hallowed and exclusively male custom among the isolated Kazakh tribe in the mountains of northwest Mongolia, But when Aisholpan, shows interest and aptitude, it is the start of both a controversy and a determined struggle to become the first female in twelve generations of her family to become an eagle hunter. Shot over a 12-month period and narrated/executive produced by actress Daisy Ridley, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS is an uplifting, enlightening story, fable-like in its simple beauty, told against some of the most breathtakingly beautiful landscapes on Earth.

Fri & Sat – Holiday Matinee Daily at 1pm

Another round of dizzyingly funny-and beautifully animated-family-friendly mayhem as LEGO Batman stars in his own big-screen adventure. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham City, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. As one renowned film critic said “Why can’t non-Lego movies be as funny, exciting and weirdly moving as this?

Wed 19 April at 12.30pm
TO SIR WITH LOVE (PG)  BOOK TICKETSTo Sir with Love is a timeless Sixties classic movie about an earnest teacher (the exceptional Sidney Poitier) who takes up a position in a tough school in London’s East End, To Sir, With Love (1967) was adapted (from the book by E.R. Braithwaite) by best-selling novelist James Clavell (Shogun), who also produced and directed. Featuring lively appearances by Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall, and Lulu, who sings the smash-hit title song.

Sun 23 April at 1.30pm
NT LIVE ENCORE: ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD (12A) BOOK TICKETSDaniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny modern classic, originally broadcast live from The Old Vic theatre in London on April 20. David Leveaux’s new production marks the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.

Against the backdrop of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz (Daniel Radcliffe) and Guildenstern (Joshua McGuire), take centre stage. Increasingly out of their depth, the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action. It’s a literary hall of mirrors, a brilliantly funny, existential labyrinth that leads to the ultimate identity crisis.

Please Note: 180 mins – No Interval

Fri 5 May at 6.30pm
A MOVING IMAGE + Q&A (15) BOOK TICKETSAre you part of the problem or part of the solution? When the ‘problem’ is ‘gentrification’, responses range from righteous anger (‘Peckham doesn’t need another Costa Fucking Coffee!’) to writer-director Shola Amoo’s award-winning mix of fact and fiction in which documentary, animation and archive footage succinctly merge.

Artist Nina (Tanya Fear) returns home to South London’s rapidly gentrifying Brixton, where communities are slowly being destroyed. Her answer to the changing face of one of London’s most richly diverse areas – an art project – inevitably leads to suggestions that Nina herself is actually part of the problem.

We are delighted to welcome the film’s writer-director Shola Amoo and producer Rienkje Attoh for a post-screening Q&A chaired by Rio Director Oliver Meek

RIO Cafe Bar News

It is estimated that back in 18th century London, during the infamous ‘Gin Craze’, there were an astonishing 1,500 distilleries in the capital. Today there are only a handful, the smallest and most unusual being the award-winning Sacred Microdistillery, located in Ian Hart’s family home in Highgate, north London.

You can enjoy Sacred’s Gin and Organic Vodka at the Rio in a variety of specially designed cocktails.

The Rio Gin Mint Julep

White Russian w/ Cold and Black Coffee Liqueur

and the Sunday Bloody Sunday Mary.


This May we will be launching our fund-raising to create a second state of the art screen and very sexy bar in the huge basement space, and restore the exterior of the RIO to its thirties deco splendour – a lot of you have been asking how you can get involved – there will be a whole range of events, screenings, tours, premieres, auctions and exciting RIO-tastic stuff starting very soon, details will be added as events are confirmed.
Watch our short film about the campaign here

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) plus 10% saving at the cafe bar.

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

Click here for more information

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