Dalston Rio

This cosy art deco cinema is bringing Dalston together through great film. Catch the latest releases, socially-minded documentaries and fundraising screenings that support local groups

With a rich history stretching back over 100 years, catching a film at the Dalston Rio is a London must-do. This unique, art deco venue is not just great for the community, either: it. There’s usually one or two features each week, which are a mix of latest releases with great arthouse classics… plus regular fringe film festivals.

There’s only a single screen at the moment, but that’s all about the change. In October 2017, the Rio successfully crowdfunded a whopping £125,000 to install a 30-seater second screen in the basement and to give the stunning grade-II listed façade a revamp. The much-needed cash injection will not only bring more great films to Dalstoners (and Londoners alike), but it should also put the Rio on a more sustainable footing,  leading to a better pay deal for staff.


The Impact

As a community-run, not-for-profit cinema, the Rio does a lot of giving back to those who are typically excluded by London’s extortionate cinema prices. We’re talking affordable screenings for children and the over 50s, a regular educational programme and a host of fundraising events for local charities. It also partners with grassroots community groups to host some great live events, documentary screenings and fringe festivals that you just wouldn’t get at big chains like Cineworld – the Feminist Film Festival, for instance.

Disabled customers and wheelchair users will be pleased to here that the Rio is fully accessible, with step-free access and regular hard of hearing screening. More details on accessibility can be found here.