In Ventspils Old Town, on Pils Street 28, cinema has been shown for more than 100 years. The cinema building is closely related to the making of the first Latvian feature film “Where is the truth”, directed by the original owner of the building, Gilliom Berlīns. Actors of the Ventspils theater and employees of the cinema took part in the roles. In the past, the cinema was called “North Pole”. Later it was renamed “Colosseum”, “Aina”, “Komjaunietieti”! Since 1997, the cinema has acquired its new name – cinema “RIO”.
Step by step, the cinema was improved at its own expense. In the spring of 2013, extensive reconstruction and digitization works took place in the large hall of the cinema. In addition, improvements were also made to the sound system and a modern cinema screen was installed, which gives the audience the opportunity to enjoy a high-quality image and, with the help of sound effects, to enjoy every moment of the film. In the winter of 2014, the small hall was completely rebuilt and renovated, so that the audience could see an even wider range of films.
At the moment, two halls are operating in the “RIO” cinema: the big hall with a total number of seats – 240 seats and a small hall with a total number of seats – 90 seats. We have also thought about the comfort of the spectators, which everyone can enjoy in new and comfortable chairs. A big surprise for those who love watching movies on the balcony. Now the balcony of the cinema “RIO” has a VIP area with comfortable chairs and double sofas, which allows you to enjoy the latest films with greater comfort.