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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…?

“Scott’s Alien: Covenant is a mad scientist film – arguably, one of the maddest. It’s grandiose, exhilarating, vertiginously cynical and symphonically perverse”
5/5 stars – The Telegraph


Sun 14 May AT 2pm + 4pm

The directorial debut of Steve Oram, co-writer and co-star of Ben Wheatley’s SIGHTSEERS, is an anarchic, bold, surreal look at the human condition that is funny and disturbing in equal measure. Whether cooking, eating, having sex, arguing or fighting, punk goddess Toyah Wilcox and some familiar faces from The Mighty Boosh whoop, holler and indulge brilliantly and there’s some original tracks by Robert Fripp on the soundtrack. The cinematic depths of John Waters and Edward D. Wood are invoked, but, but love it or hate it, AAAAAAAAH! is all bold and unique original.

Any questions? There’s a chance to ask writer-director-actor Steve Oram at a post-screening Q&A.


The directorial feature debut of Alice Lowe, co-writer and co-star of Ben Wheatley’s SIGHTSEERS, is a pitch black comedy about maternity, morning sickness and murder. Lowe wrote, directed and acted in the film during her own real-life pregnancy or ”hostile takeover” as central character Ruth describes it. With some wonderful set pieces and a collection of memorably eccentric characters PREVENGE is a magnificently macabre, devilishly funny exploration of life, death, and the bits in between.

No need to be afraid- questions welcome as Alice Lowe joins us for a Q&A after the screening.

Thursday 18 May at 7pm – advance booking advised !
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (12A)  BOOK TICKETSFeaturing a sensational performance from Imelda Staunton, James Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, five star production of Edward Albee’s landmark play is broadcast live from the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End.
In the early hours of the morning on the campus of an American college, Martha, much to her husband George’s displeasure, has invited the new professor and his wife to their home for some after-party drinks. As the alcohol flows and dawn approaches, the young couple are drawn into George and Martha’s toxic games until the evening reaches its climax in a moment of devastating truth-telling.
‘Imelda Staunton is at her magnificent best. A first-rate revival of an astonishing play.’ ★★★★★ The Guardian

‘Conleth Hill is superb. Exquisite.’ ★★★★★ Evening Standard

‘Luke Treadaway and Imogen Poots are terrific.’ ★★★★★ Metro

Thursday 18 May at 7.30pm to 1am
TWIN PEAKS – A NIGHT OF ALL THINGS DAVID LYNCH (18)Our new regular Monthly Music Night at Kingsland Road’s legendary Haggerston Pub.
Join us on Thursday for our launch night.


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

BAYWATCH (15)Amazon Student is bringing the Big Screen experience to your doorstep, and you don’t have to pay a penny. Free to all students we are really excited to be kicking it off by showing Baywatch on the 6th of June.
And it gets better. If you are an Amazon Student member, you can enjoy a tasty helping of popcorn and a drink for free. With a no cost trial for 6 months, what are you waiting for?
You know what they say, go Big or go Home.
Go to to reserve your seats now!


Friday 19 May

The Rio Cinema will be celebrating all things David with an EXTRAVAGANZA of an screening.

Playing live: Weirdo, scuzball, slackers HENGE will set the mood with a Lynchian inspired set of heavy trash bar blues.

In the Bar we have local Liquor maker Cold & Blac Original DAMN FINE Coffee Liqueur making special booze drinks the nights,

Our very own Happy Endings Ice Cream Sandwich makers have created a very special TWIN PEAKS CHERRY PIE Flavoured Ice Cream sandwich for the first 40 lucky customers.

Then its time for David Lynch’s Greatest film …….. WILD AT HEART

Sat 20 May at 6.45pm

Alien abduction, unicorns, teenage BDSM role-play and an archaeologist dad into heavy metal amidst the affluent Surrey commuter belt are just some of the ingredients to be found in award-winning short film maker Alex Taylor’s defiantly fresh and audacious debut feature. SPACESHIP is a transcendent blend of the of the metaphysical and the psychedelic…

We are delighted to welcome Alex Taylor, the director of SPACESHIP for a post-screening Q&A.

From Thur 8 June to Sun 2 July
EAST END FILM FESTIVAL  BOOK TICKETSThe brilliant East End Film Festival returns to the RIO across four weekends, we have:

8 Premieres

8 Features

3 collections of short films

2 panel discussion events

and  6 film maker Q&A’s

for full details click here

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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