Playcentre Matinees

Half Term Matinees

Special Events

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
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

still from filmSAT 2 Oct 11.00am


(US 2010) dir. Thor Freudenthal 92m. Digital.
Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Chloe Moretz, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Devon Bostick.

The live-action adaptation of Jeff Kinney's illustrated novel about Greg Heffley – a wise-cracking student who thinks school is the dumbest idea ever invented. To survive the never-ending ordeal and attain the recognition he feels he so richly deserves, Greg devises an endless series of devious schemes, all of which he records on paper – beginning the very first 'Wimpy Kid's Diary'.

Approx end 12.40pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying adults


still from filmSAT 9 Oct 11.00am

TOY STORY 3 (2D) (U)

(US 2010) dir. Lee Unkrich 108m. Digital.
Voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Don Rickles, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Wallace Shawn.

Woody, Buzz and the whole gang are back! Andy is now seventeen and off to college, leaving his childhood toys to ponder their future. When they are accidentally taken to a daycare nursery, it is up to Woody to convince the group they were not abandoned and embark on their greatest adventure yet to return home. After a decade-plus absence, this latest installment delivers laughs, tears, and everything else you would expect from the world’s most famous group of toys.

Approx end 1.00pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying adults


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(US 2010) dir. Tom Dey 88m.
Voices of: Owen Wilson, Emma Stone, George Lopez, Steve Coogan, Keith Sutherland.

When the Winslow family move from Kansas to suburban California, they hope to make a good impression – but their lovable yet very large Great Dane, Marmaduke, has his own ideas. Unintentionally causing havoc wherever he goes, his antics eventually get him into hot water and he runs away from home – and then the fun really starts! Fantastic big-screen adaptation of the classic comic strip.

Approx end 12.35pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying adults


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(US 2010) dir. Bradley Raymond 76m. Digital.
Voices of Mae Whitman, Michael Sheen, Pamela Adlon, Lucy Liu.

Long before Tinker Bell ever encountered Wendy and the Lost Boys, she met Lizzy – a young girl with a steadfast belief in fairies. As their worlds unite, a special bond develops – but Tink's friends believe she may be in danger and set out on a daring rescue mission. An action-packed adventure that showcases the true power of friendship.

Approx end 12.45pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying adults


still from filmSAT 30 Oct 11.00am Halloween Special!


(US 1984) dir. Ivan Reitman 105m. Digital.
Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts.

Three very odd-ball unemployed professors of the paranormal battle ghosts, ghouls and poltergeists in one of the craziest fun movies of all time. When one of their clients is possessed by an ancient demon, one which will release untold evil upon New York, only the Ghostbusters can save the day. The special effects still look fantastic.

Approx end 12.55pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying adults


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(US/Australia 2010) dir. Brad Peyton 82m. Digital.
Voices of James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris.

Former feline spy Kitty Galore has become a very bad cat and is devising a plan to bring down not only her long-standing canine enemies, but also her former kitty comrades. In an unprecedented move, cats and dogs must put aside their differences to join forces in an unlikely alliance. But will this be enough to save themselves – and their humans? The age-old battle between the species is given a modern, high-tech twist in this fun-filled family adventure.

Approx end 12.30pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying adults


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(US 2010) dir. Jon Turteltaub 109m.
Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer.

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake is in trouble. His arch-nemesis Maxim Horvath is back and determined to destroy New York city. Realising he needs help, Blake turns to seemingly average guy Dave Sutler, who reluctantly undertakes a crash course in the art and science of magic to become the Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Approx end 1.00pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying adults


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(UK/France 2010) dir. Sylvain Chomet 80m. Digital.
Edith Rankin, Eilidh Rankin, Jean-Claude Donda.

The magical tale of a Parisian music-hall conjurer who struggles to find work when his fans decide they prefer rock stars to his more traditional methods of entertainment. Taking odd assignments in obscure places, his life is changed forever when he meets a young fan... delightful, hand-drawn animation.

Approx end 12.30pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying adults


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(US 2010) dir. M. Night Shyamalan 103m. Digital.
Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub.

Aang is the young successor to a long line of Avatars – the link to the spirit world and the only ones capable of mastering the use of all four elements – Water, Air, Earth and Fire. With the Avatars long since displaced by the Firebenders, leaving the Earth in a state of constant turmoil, it is up to Aang to reaffirm his heritage and restore order to the world.

Approx end 12.50pm

£1.50 Children/£2.50 Accompanying adults



Tue 5 Oct 4.00pm – DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (PG)
Tue 12 Oct 4.00pm – TOY STORY 3 (2D) (U)
Tue 19 Oct 4.00pm – MARMADUKE (U)
Tue 26 Oct 4.00pm – No Playcentre Matinee
Tue 2 Nov 4.00pm – GHOSTBUSTERS (PG)
Tue 23 Nov 4.00pm – THE ILLUSIONIST (PG)
Tue 30 Nov 4.00pm – THE LAST AIRBENDER (2D) (PG)

£1.50 Children
£2.50 Accompanying adults


still from filmHALF TERM MATINEES

MON 25 – THUR 28 Oct 12.45 daily
& FRI 29 Oct 11.15am


(US 1985) dir. Robert Zemeckis 116m. Digital
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover.

Marty McFly, a teenager from 1985, borrows the time-travelling car invented by Doc Brown, a wacky scientist friend, and finds himself being sent back in time to the 1950s where he meets his parents in their teens, and accidentally changes the story of how Mom and Dad met. He desperately needs to sort out the likely complications and then there's also the problem of how to get back from the Future... With some imaginative special effects that now look better than ever, great performances and a lot of heart, BACK TO THE FUTURE is still a joyous comedy adventure for all ages.

£5.00 – Under 15s
£6.50 – Adults
£5.00 – Concessions
£3.50 – OAPs (weekdays)

GROUP REDUCTIONS (weekday matinees only)
£4.00 – 10 or more children + 1 accompanying adult free with every 10 children


London Children’s Film Festival 2010

The London Children’s Film Festival, a cinematic extravaganza for young film fans, returns to the Barbican and cinemas across London from Saturday 30 October to Sunday 7 November. Boasting the pick of the best new international children’s films and brimming with special events and previews, the LCFF is a unique opportunity for young film fans and their families to delight in little-seen celluloid treats from around the world. The Rio is delighted to be presenting two screenings on Saturday 30 October.

See for full info.

SAT 30 Oct


(Germany 2009) dirs. Thilo Rothkirch & Piet der Rycker 72m.
Recommended age 4+

Laura and her magical star are going to Bejing! Her mother is to perform at the Chinese Opera but on the flight there Laura’s star goes missing. She dreams that an evil black cloud will swallow the night sky up unless she finds her star again. A boisterous Chinese dragon and a girl called Ling Ling come to her rescue in this beautiful and enchanting animation.

In German with English subtitles read aloud.

+ WORKSHOP: quick and easy craft activity – make and decorate your very own stars! Free and open to all. If busy, activity may be first-come first-served.

£3 Children/£4 Adults

still from filmPOLICE DOG DREAM (PG) 3.45

(Japan 2010) dir. Yoshinori Kobayashi 113m. Subtitles.
Recommended age 9+

Training a police dog is hard work, as novice Kyoko knows only too well. But it’s been her dream ever since she was eight and she not going to give up, especially when she’s given the opportunity to train the adorable Labrador puppy Kinako. After a heartbreaking separation they realize that sometimes just being together is more than enough.

£3 Children/£4 Adults(*)

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(corner John Campbell Road)

Tel 020 7241 9410

Oct / Nov 10

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