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This Week & Coming Soon to the RIO
Now Showing
LADY MACBETH (15)  BOOK TICKETSAdapted from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 Russian novel and transposed to Victorian rural England, theatre director William Oldroyd and writer Alice Birch’s debut feature is a sensual and seductive mix of Gothic melodrama, fabulous frocks and a subtext that subtly touches on contemporary race and gender issues.

The marriage of Katherine to the older Alexander is more of a business opportunity than a love match. At the mercy of an oppressive male household, Katherine finds an ally in her maid Anna and the possibility of escape in a passionate affair with stable hand Sebastian, and that could be the spark that ignites a maelstrom of murder and mayhem.

The luminous Florence Pugh as the defiant and passionate Katherine offers a powerful revision of the Gothic heroine, leading a faultless cast with a performance that is all sly glances and subversive innuendo. An exciting and exceptional treat.

“a brilliantly chilling subversion of a classic”
5/5 The Guardian

Now Showing
GET OUT (15)  BOOK TICKETSFrom virtuoso opening to satisfying finale, comedian Jordan Peele’s directorial debut delivers one hell of a delight. In turns funny, scary, and thought-provoking, GET OUT’S scathing satire seamlessly weaves its chills, comedy and politics into a brilliantly entertaining thrill ride in which the true horror is Real Life in the Age of Trump.

Now that African-American Chris and his white girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway with her family. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could never have imagined….

Big ideas plus big fun certainly make GET OUT the darkest, most delicious treat of the year so far and perhaps, dare we say it, one of 2017’s most important films.

Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday at 1.15pm
MULHOLLAND DRIVE (18) BOOK TICKETSDavid Lynch lifts the lid on Tinseltown and then dives into the nightmarish maelstrom beneath with the tale of a dark haired amnesiac and a blonde wannabe.

After a brutal car accident in Los Angeles, California, Rita is the sole survivor but suffers mass amnesia. Wandering into a stranger’s apartment downtown, her story strangely intertwines with searching for stardom Betty Elms (Naomi Watts). Betty is intrigued by Rita and is willing to put aside her dreams to pursue the mystery but the two women soon discover that nothing is as it seems in the city of dreams.

Hysterical, haunting and unique, MULHOLLAND DRIVE plays out as an hallucinogenic reworking

CHECHNYA LGBT FUNDRAISER Sunday 21 May at 2.30pm
PARAGRAPH 175 (15) BOOK TICKETSAll profits from this special screening will be donated to the Russian LGBT network who are currently helping to get Gay men out of danger in Chechnya.

Paragraph 175 was a provision of the German Criminal Code which made homosexual acts a crime. Between 1933-1945 approximately 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality in Nazi Germany, half of whom were imprisoned. An estimated 10,000 – 15,000 were sent to concentration camps, and by 1945 only 4,000 survived.

72 years later and hundreds of gay men are being imprisoned today right now in Chechnya, suffering forced detention, torture and even murder by the Chechen state, all on the basis of their sexuality.

Oscar winners for THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman’s multi award-winning film reveals the lasting consequences of this hidden chapter of 20th century history. The stories of the handful of Holocaust survivors, tortured by their memories, yet infused with a powerful will to go on living, are sometimes bitter, but just as often filled with irony and humour. Their moving testimonies, rendered with evocative images of their lives and times, tell a haunting, compelling story of human resistance. Intimate in its portrayals, sweeping in its implications, PARAGRAPH 175 raises provocative questions about memory, history and identity.

The People’s Film Club is a network of activists from across the UK that uses cinema and film to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights around the world.

For more information:

The Peoples Film Club

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

From Friday 12 May
ALIEN : COVENANT (15)  BOOK TICKETSThe return of the Xenomorph as director Ridley Scott adds another chapter to the saga he began light years ago with a now landmark combination of sci-fi and chills, ALIEN. Maybe on this new journey beyond imagination, there will be nobody left to hear you scream…

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the colony ship Covenant is embarking on the first large-scale colonisation of a brave new world. When the sole inhabitant of this planned unearthly paradise is discovered to be the android from the doomed Prometheus expedition of a decade earlier, Eden could quickly turn into a dark and dangerous Hell… Having sown the seeds of its own demise, is humanity now about to be destroyed by its own creations…?

Sun 7 May at 1.00pm
This searing adaptation of Edward Albee’s play remains a movie landmark, the winner of  five Academy Awards (out of an astounding 13 nominations). With its controversial language and content, Mike Nichol’s debut feature changed Hollywood forever.
It was also the greatest collaboration of the duo who at the time were the most famous married couple on Earth, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

At 3.30pm – OSSESSIONE (PG)
Director Luchino Visconti’s much censored and banned first feature film, based on James M. Cain’s pulp novel The Postman Always Rings Twice perfectly captures Cain’s dark, sweaty world of earthy characters, frank sensuality, murder and betrayal. Gino, an unemployed mechanic, arrives at a shabby inn owned by Giovanna. When they become lovers, an inevitable series of tragic events is set in motion…

RIO Cafe Bar News

One of the defining features of the Rio Cinema is its independence, and we don’t want to stop at just independent films, we strive to promote the best of the country’s independent Food and Drink makers.

You know about our locally made Vegan Samosas, but we have a few more treats up our sleeves.

Our trained baristas serve Climpson and Son coffee.
Cookies are made by the wonderful Hackney Pirates of Kingsland High Street’s very own Ship Of Adventures.
Fairtrade fizz is courtesy of Karma Cola.
Lagers and Ales are brewed by Dalston’s very own 40 Feet Brewery.
Gin cocktails and Vodka specials are made with local distillery Sacred Spirits.
Borough Wines supply the Red, the White, the Rosé and the Sparkles.
Mango Ice Tea and Chocolate Fruit and Nut snacks are made in-house by the House of O’Dwyer. Ice-Creams come in pot form from Marshfield Farm, and the world’s greatest Ice-Cream Sandwiches are supplied by East London beauties Happy Endings.
Our vegan cakes made just down the road – via heaven – by the very talented Manna Cakes.
Ciders are done by Kent makers Turners.
And for those with a European pallette, we bring you Club Mate all the way from Berlin.
Did I mention our Popcorn? Well let me reassure you, it’s delicious!

Our aim is to continue replacing all those dull, global brands with even more delights, made with love and care, from small business and farms around the country. And support the endeavours of our likeminded foodie friends.

Check out our Treat of the Week!

(You can also just have a glass of water if you like)


With great pleasure we can reveal that this June 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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