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This Week & Coming Soon to the RIO
Now Showing
ALIEN : COVENANT (15)  BOOK TICKETSBound 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


Now Showing
PLUS – We are delighted to welcome cast members and Alex Taylor, the director of SPACESHIP for a post-screening Q&A at 6.45pm on Saturday

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…

Tonight – Friday Late Show

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

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.


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!


Showing from Friday 26 May
+ Q&A Event Sunday 28 May at 2.30pm


The cinema’s great master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki, returns with the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Winner of the Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it is a beautiful, timely film from one of the world’s leading filmmakers.

The award-winning Child Migrant Stories project was launched in February 2016 by writer, researcher and photographer Eithne Nightingale. We are delighted to welcome Argun Ismet Imamzade and Eithne Nightingale to the Rio for a post-screening discussion and Q&A on Sun 28 May.


Sun 3 June at 1.30pm

After the roaring success of ‘Raving Iran’ premiered at House of Vans, comm•une will be screening the music documentary at Rio Cinema on June 3rd at 1.30pm. The film is a must-see chilling insight into the lives of two young men defying the Iranian regime with their love for music.

Tickets now on saleHERE (NOT THROUGH THE RIO) – Be Quick, this screening is proving very popular.

Directed by German filmmaker Susanne Meures, the documentary lifts the lid on Terhan’s underground techno scene, exposing the struggles, dangers and persecution faced by DJs Anoosh and Arash (aka Blade & Beard). After reading a news piece about a couple of young Iranians throwing techno parties in the desert, Meures yearned to know more. What was it about dance music that was inspiring these middle-class kids to go against the government and its censorships?

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, the first screenings we have are:

Thur June 8 at 6.30pm

Fri June 9 at 1.30pm

Sat June 10 at 1.30pm

Sat June 10 at 3.45pm

Sun June 11 at 3.45pm

Thur June 15 at 6.30pm

PLUS loads more – 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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