107 Kingsland High Street,
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Located in the east London inner city district of Dalston. Built on the site of the Kingsland Palace of Animated Pictures. A great local cinema that originally opened in 1915 as the Kingsland Empire, designed by architects Percy C. Adams & George Coles of the architectural firm Adams & Coles, in a Neo-Classical style.
It was re-modeled in an Art Deco style by architect Frank Ernest Bromige in 1937 and became the Classic Cinema screening classic films. Later re-named Classic Cartoon Cinema for a while, it then reverted back to its Classic Cinema name. In the 1970’s it showing uncensored adult films as the Tatler Cinema Club. It was taken over by a co-operative of local people and re-opened as the Rio Cinema. In 1996, it was closed for 18 months for renovation & restoration, which were funded by the National Lottery.
It’s a real pleasure watching films all varied and relevant to Dalston and Hackney’s needs. The large amount of foreign films exhibited is excellent as they come with subtitles which helps when watching my weekly film with my one year old son and 20 or so other tots at the baby/parent screening.
In late-2016 a fundraiser began to raise money to convert the unused basement of the building into a second screen. It’s easy to find, up Kingsland High Street on the left opposite the Tesco local store.
The Rio Cinema is a community cinema, whose policy is decided by a Board of Directors consisting of local people elected each year. Programme requests are welcome.
The Rio Cinema is a Grade II Listed building.
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