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ENJOY tea at Dalston’s Art Deco treasure of a cinema the Rio; pre-movie drinks at the intimate Aubin in Shoreditch; an avant garde film festival at Rich Mix; or popcorn-eating 3D experiences at Hackney Picturehouse. The borough’s movie houses have it all.

There have been popular cinemas in Hackney for more than 130 years. Today, as well as offering traditional and state-of-the-art movie theatres, the borough’s cinemas host a range of events, talks and festivals. Similarly Hackney’s thriving creative community regularly develops temporary screens and other ad hoc film experiences that pop up all over the borough.

There’s something magical about watching a quality feature on the big screen. As Alfred Hitchcock, one of the borough’s most famous residents, once said: “A good film is when the price of the admission, the dinner and the babysitter was well worth it.”

Dalston Roof Park

A ROOFTOP oasis in the middle of bustling Dalston with great views of the capital. Nestled amongst Victorian buildings and facing city skyscrapers, Dalston’s only rooftop garden offers a chance to relax, eat, drink, dance and see the London landscape differently.

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Dalston Roof Park

Electric Cinema Shoreditch

WITH comfy sofas, sumptuous cocktails and wine list, gourmet treats and tartan blankets, this boutique 45-seat cinema in Redchurch Street, is one of Hackney’s best kept secrets. Tucked away in the basement of the old Aubin and Wills’ flagship Shoreditch store, the cinema shows a mix of blockbusters and off-beat international films on its single screen.

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Electric Cinema Shoreditch

Hackney Film Festival

AS well as being a borough of enthusiastic film-goers, Hackney also has a vibrant community of film-makers. The annual Hackney Film Festival aims to support this rich culture by hosting a public forum for borough filmmakers and audio-visual artists to exhibit their work to the local community and a wider London audience.

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Hackney Film Festival

Hackney Picturehouse

HACKNEY Picturehouse is the borough’s newest cinema, opening in 2011 with digital and satellite technology for a 3D experience and live screenings, plus three bars, a live music venue, street level café opening on to Mare Street, workspaces and events. Its five screens - one of which is the largest in the independent Picturehouse group’s stable - and reclining seats creates a state of the art cinema-going experience.

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Hackney Picturehouse

Oval Space

OVAL Space describes itself as 'an evolving multi-use arts and events organisation'. As well as hosting myriad club nights, live music gigs and after parties, it holds regular cinema events.

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Oval Space

Rich Mix

Rich Mix is an independent arts venue, presenting film, live music, theatre, dance, spoken word, exhibitions, food and drinks. Housed in a former leather factory, Rich Mix has three digital screens showing main releases alongside independent, art house, and world cinema as well as thought-provoking documentaries.

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Rich Mix

Rio cinema

IN 1909, a shrewd auctioneer who recognised the money-making potential of movies, converted her Kingsland Road shop into a 175-seat 'electric picture house'. Over 100 years later, and after many re-incarnations, the Rio is still going strong as an independent, single screen cinema that is home to art-house flicks, features and off-beat festivals.

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Rio cinema

Yard Theatre

THE Yard opened in 2011 in the atmospheric industrial surrounds of Hackney Wick. The amphitheatre-style venue is a converted warehouse that sits across the canal from the Olympic Stadium and was made with recycled materials.

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Yard Theatre

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