Quick overview on Rio Cinema and its invaluable history.

Quick overview on Rio Cinema and its invaluable history.

A dedicated independent cinema since 1960s.

The Rio is an independent Art Deco picture palace in Dalston, Hackney. It operates as a community business with a board of directors who are a group of local people elected each year to oversee the running of the cinema and charity. 

Located in area with significant proportions of residents from minority ethnic backgrounds the programme is designed to appeal to its local ethnic communities. 

The programme maintain a balance between mainstream and a more specialised cinema, offering an alternative to local multiplexes, including many foreign language films among to bring the best world cinema on the big screen.

Rio’s education programme continues to develop ways of integrating film and the history of the Rio in the curriculum of local schools. With an extensive programme of schools screenings Rio provides an invaluable adjunct to the class work of local schools.

Hackney Council recognised the Rio as “a strong and vibrant community-focused institution”. The Rio is recognised not only as a key entertainment venue for Hackney, but also as one of the key London art-house cinemas.

More information could be found on this report, The Impact of Local Cinema.


Read the first article with Nuri Bilge Ceylan here.