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|
|Single adult ticket:||£9.00||£10.75|
|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.|
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.