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Funded on Spacehive 19 September 2017 Delivered 14 December 2018

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.


Rio Cinema By Rio Cinema

RIOgeneration is a capital project to improve, sustain and expand the work of this much loved community cinema.

Hackney Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 19 Sep 2017!

The Rio is aiming to raise £150,000. With this we want to create a second screen with around 30 seats in our basement, to give our audiences more choice, enable more film festivals and community events and generate revenue from private hires. The outside of the building currently looks shabby and tired. We want to undertake some much needed renovation work, to restore this important architectural landmark in Hackney.

What we'll deliver:

  • Build a second screen in the Rio's basement with state of the art technology and comfortable seats
  • Renovate, repair and restore the Grade 2 listed exterior

Why it's a great idea:

The Rio is one of the oldest cinemas in London and a Hackney institution. By making these improvements we can protect the building for future generations, offer a more diverse programme and make the business more sustainable. We will transform our underused basement into a space that the whole community can enjoy. This will allow the Rio to invest more into community projects, better maintain the building and pay its staff better.

Steps to get it done:

  • Order the screen, sound and projection equipment (August 2017)
  • Build and install screen two in our basement (September 2017 )
  • Soft launch of screen two in time for Blade Runner 2049 (October 2017)
  • Scaffold, paint and replace damaged plaster work on the exterior (October 2017)
  • New signage, poster boxes and metalwork (November 2017)

The Rio is one of the only truly independent, community focused cinemas in London. By donating towards RIOgeneration you will be helping to protect this important community asset that has been entertaining audiences, young and old for over 100 years. For every donation of £25 or more we will give you two free tickets and popcorn for a future screening.

Location Hackney

About the space



London Borough of Hackney

How will the money be spent?Total £125,654

projection, screen and sound - £44,622 (36%)
exterior signage and readograph - £23,900 (19%)
screen 2 build - £18,000 (14%)
replace exterior plasterwork - £9,800 (8%)
air conditioning - £7,427 (6%)
cinema seats - £5,500 (4%)
contractor fees - £4,500 (4%)
equipment installation - £2,792 (2%)
exterior metalwork - £2,400 (2%)
carpeting - £1,459 (1%)
Other - £5,254 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

projection, screen and sound
exterior signage and readograph
screen 2 build
replace exterior plasterwork
air conditioning
cinema seats
contractor fees
equipment installation
exterior metalwork
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees

Total £125,654

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Scaffolding

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