Dalston cinema’s art-house programming under threat

Pic: Chris Evans: The art-deco cinema's art-house programming could disappear after art funding was cut

Pic: Chris Evans: The art-deco cinema’s art-house programming could disappear as revenues decline

By Martin Kitara

The Rio cinema on Kingsland High Street is facing threat to its diverse programming and needs to improve its financial position over the coming months. It is urging film fans to visit and see films there more often.

The management at Rio Cinema on Kingsland High Street recently denied reports that it was in danger of closure by stating “we can inform you that we’re not going to close anytime soon” but appreciated the concern and interest.

Known for catering to art house film fans, the local cinema still survives today despite the widespread decline in art funding.

The cinema would also like to start renovations to the wonderful Grade-II listed iconic building.

The cinema, built in 1909, is known for its distinctive art deco interior and has a licensed Cafe. The Rio which is a charity provides affordable cinema access for older people, those hard of hearing, children and community groups and supports the diverse cultural needs of the local population through film screenings and special events.

Although the surrounding area has seen extensive regeneration in recent years, the Rio cinema building still fits in well amongst the mishmash of buildings and forms one of the main features of the High Street. It is impossible to walk through Kingsland High Street without noticing it near Dalston Kingsland Station.

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