Rio, Dalston – Indie Cinema

Rio Cinema

Our independent cinema reviews begin in London’s East End: The Rio in Dalston, Hackney.

Rio Inside

The single screen is a decent size, with a capacity of 400 comfy seats. For those with long limbs, the leg room is good and the spacing means short people get a decent view. The concessions stand has a good, wide selection including Monmouth coffee, a whole host of Twinings tea and a range of beer, wine and cider. On the snack side, there are (at least) three different types of popcorn, ice cream and a lot of chocolate.

There tends to be one or two recent releases, combining the (usually well-reviewed) mainstream with arthouse. On Sundays, they have double bill matinees – recently these have been a Geoffrey Rush pair and a selection from the Fringe! Gay Film Festival.

The Rio manage to balance their approach to catering for the newer artsy crowd and the longer-established Hackney residents, including the elderly and young families. The staff are pleasant and despite only one screen, the film choices are well-judged. Overall, The Rio is a local’s cinema: a comfortable place to go for an evening with the reasonable expectation of being entertained.

AUSTERITY BRITAIN BOX (more info)
Despite its size, Hackney doesn’t have much in the way of chain cinemas so for the purposes of comparison, the closest large cinema is probably the Vue Islington – about 20 minutes on the number 38 bus away
Rio Vue
Single adult ticket: £9.00 £10.75
Booking fee: £0.50 £0.70
Medium* Popcorn: £2.00 (Butterkist £1.30) £3.20
Medium* Soft Drink: £2.20 £3.25
Bottle of Peroni (330ml): £2.50 £4.20
*For medium, read whatever is the middle of the three sizes.
Special Deals
This may not be our demographic but especially for the over 60s, there are free Classic Matinees one Wednesday a month. These also have an interval, with tea and cake!Under 60s also welcome at usual matinee prices (£7). I do not know if the cake will be shared.

If you’re planning a trip to the Rio this week, they’re showing Little White Lies, A Turtle’s Tale, Rango and Shogun Assassin.

The Sunday Double is from Japanese Director Tetsuya Nakashima: Memories of Matsuko and +Confessions.

See the Rio diary for more details.