Utopia London

  |  Book Tickets: 11/06/2016
  |  82 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
Utopia London Film Poster


Saturday June 11 & Sunday June 12 THE LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE: RIOGENERATION: COMMUNITY CINEMA & RYDER ARCHITECTURE "The Rio has evolved into an independent cinema that is responsive to sections of the community often ignored by the mainstream. While all other cinemas in Hackney have been demolished or become snooker halls, warehouses or even, in one case, a mosque, the Rio continues to survive." Hackney Society Newsletter 2011 The Rio, in collaboration with Ryder Architecture, invites you to celebrate the London Festival of Architecture with a programme of events focusing on the role of community cinema. The Rio's grade II listed building is a key Art Deco landmark. Originally built in 1915, the building was extensively remodelled in the 1930s to address the needs of a booming cinema entertainment industry. It struggled to survive in the 1950s and 1960s but became the focal point for much of the area's cultural and social life in the 1970s after being taken over and run by a community cooperative. Along with a programme of architectural films and tours of the historic building there will be an exhibition documenting the history of the Rio building and exploring ideas for how the building might support the needs of the community in the future. BUILDING TOURS at 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm. and 3.pm. EXHIBITION: open 11am to 5pm. FILM SCREENINGS at 1.15pm: UTOPIA LONDON (Saturday); PLAYTIME (Sunday) Both Exhibition and Tours are free but booking is required for the tours. Tour bookings include a Rio Discount Voucher. Tickets for the films are now on sale. Saturday June 11 at 1.15. UTOPIA LONDON (U) UK 2010. Dir: Tom Cordell. 82 mins. There was a time when London united around the vision of a better future and UTOPIA LONDON takes us on a visually stunning journey through that recent architectural past. It is the story of of the Modernist architects who rebuilt London after World War Two and revolutionised life in the city in which director Tom Cordell grew up. Some of these young idealists are reunited with the buildings they designed using science and art to realise their vision of a city of equal citizens. The story goes on to explore how the meaning of these transformative buildings has been radically manipulated over subsequent decades. Inspired by the optimism of the past it poses the inevitable question; where do we go from here? For more information please visit the Ryder Architecture blog: http://bit.ly/20wNGVd Find more information about Ryder Architecture: http://bit.ly/22nVoTd