Playcentre Matinees

Half Term Matinees

The Rio offers specially priced tickets – £1.50 children and £2.50 accompanying adults – for the Saturday Morning Picture Club and Tuesday afternoon Playcentre Matinees, to help children to enjoy great films at an affordable price.

RIO Saturday
Morning Picture Club

Sponsored by Hackney Gazette
Membership is free. Members have their membership cards stamped on each visit and get free admittance after every 10 visits and a free poster after every 25 visits. Parents, please note: children under the age of five years must be accompanied by an adult throughout the performance. You are welcome to drop off older children at the start of the film and return to pick them up at the end. Doors open at 10.30am and the FILM starts at 11.00am sharp. The length of the films varies - please check the finish times listed below.
Please note: unaccompanied adults will not be admitted.



(US 2008) dir. Eric Darnell & Tom McGrath 89m. Digital.
Voices of: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen.

The sequel to the worldwide smash hit sees all the original characters stranded on the African continent. Encountering species of their own for the very first time, how will our New Yorker friends survive out in the wild? Double the fun the second time round, this is Dreamworks' best animation yet!

Approx end 12.35pm

£1 Children/£2.50 Accompanying Adults


Sat 14 Feb 11.00am


(US/UK 1993) dir. Agnieszka Holland 101m.
Kate Maberly, Maggie Smith, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, Laura Crossley.

Frances Hodgson Burnett's ever popular tale of Mary Lennox, a young British girl forced to leave her home in India when her parents are killed in an earthquake. Arriving at her reclusive uncle's manor in Yorkshire she discovers a secret and neglected garden, and with the help of some new friends begins to restore the garden and unravel some family secrets.

Approx end 12.45pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying Adults


Sat 21 Feb 11.00am


(US 2008) dir. Raja Gosnell 91m.
Piper Pebero, Jamie Lee Curtis & voices of Drew Barrymore, Andy Garcia, George Lopez.

A fun-packed doggy tale as, through a series of unfortunate events, a pampered Beverley Hills Chihuahua winds up stranded in Mexico. Alone and out of her depth, she is forced to survive on the unfamiliar streets, learning a few lessons as she tries to find a way back to her more luxurious lifestyle.

Approx end 12.35pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying Adults


HORTON HEARS A WHO!Sat 28 Feb 11.00am


(UK/US 2008) dirs. Sam Fell & Robert Stevenhagen 93m.
Voices of: Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci.

Based on the award-winning book, this enchanting, dazzlingly beautiful animation follows the adventures of a misfit mouse, an unhappy rat and other members of the animal kingdom as they find their fates intertwined with that of a bumbling servant girl and a whimpering princess.

Approx end 12.40pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying Adults


Sat 7 Mar 11.00am


(Germany/UK/US 2008) dir. Iain Softley 106m.
Brendan Fraser, Eliza Hope Bennett, Helen Mirren, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis.

There's action packed adventure when Mo discovers he has the ability to bring characters from storybooks to life and accidentally manages to free one of literature's scariest villains, Capricorn, from the confines of his pages. Can Mo and his daughter beat all odds to recapture Capricorn before it's too late?

Approx end 12.50pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying Adults


THE PRINCES' QUEST (Azur & Asmar)Sat 14 Mar 11.00am

THE PRINCES’ QUEST (Azur & Asmar) (U)

(Spain/Italy/Belgium/France 2006) dir. Michel Ocelot 99m.
Voices of Steven Kyman, Nigel Pilkington, Suzanna Nour, Nigel Lambert.

The animated adventures of Azur, the son of a nobleman, and Asmar, the child of a nurse, raised together until they are cruelly separated by Azur's father. Meeting again many years later on a quest to find the Dijin fairy, they must compete against each other to become the first to rescue the magical creature. A visually stunning film from the award-winning makers of KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS.

Approx end 12.45pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying Adults


THE WIZARD OF OZSat 21 Mar 11.00am


(US 1939) dir. Victor Fleming 98m.
Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley.

In this classic film Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas until a cyclone arrives, and picks her, her house, and her dog Toto up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She's helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she's also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West.

Approx end 12.45pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying Adults


PENELOPESat 28 Mar 11.00am


(UK/US 2006) dir. Mark Palansky 101m.
Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Reese Witherspoon.

A modern spin on the classic ugly duckling tale as young aristocratic heiress Penelope struggles to find true love and learn to love herself, despite being born with a curse that gives her a pig's snout instead of a nose.

Approx end 12.45pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying Adults



Tue 10 Feb 4.15pm – MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA (PG)
Tue 17 Feb 4.15pm – No Playcentre Matinee
Tue 3 Mar 4.15pn – THE TALES OF DESPEREAUX (U)
Tue 10 Mar 4.15pm – INKHEART (U)
Tue 17 Mar 4.15pn – THE PRINCES’ QUEST (U)
Tue 24 Mar 4.15pm – THE WIZARD OF OZ (U)
Tue 31 Mar 4.15pm – PENELOPE (U)

£1.50 Children
£2.50 Accompanying adults



Mon 16 – Thur 19 Feb 2.00 daily & Fri 20 Feb 1.00


(US 2008) dir. Adam Shankman 99m.
Adam Sandler, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Courtney Cox, Keri Russell.

Adam Sandler is on top funny man form in this smash-hit family comedy. Sandler plays Skeeter, a hotel handyman who specialises in telling wildly imaginative bedtime stories to his young niece and nephew – but his life is changed forever when these magical tales begin to come true. Realising his new found power, Skeeter begins to slant these stories to influence future events, with both hilarious and disastrous consequences! Sandler has never been more hilarious and some really knockout visual effects make this a fun-filled fantasy adventure not to be missed this half term holiday.

£5 – Under 15s
£6 – Adults
£5 – Concessions
£3.50 – OAPs (weekdays)

GROUP REDUCTIONS (weekday matinees only)
£4 – 10 or more children + 1 accompanying adult free with every 10 children.


107 Kingsland High Street E8
(corner John Campbell Road)

Tel 020 7241 9410

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