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London’s best cinemas: best independent cinema

Which of London’s cinemas is best for an anti-multiplex experience? Here’s our top pick – plus four other great independent cinemas


The Rio, Dalston

Cinemas Independent Dalston

We’re fond of the warm, welcoming shabbiness of the Rio. A proper community cinema, it shows brilliant flicks, sprinkles the programme with double bills and kids’ films, and has a foyer that’s a no-nonsense place to meet and hang out. Rumours in 2013 that the venue was under threat of closure had fans up in arms.

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