The Film Festival in Edinburgh

Generally, when a cinema is tagged as the favourite in the whole world by no less a figure than Quentin Tarantino, it is time for the owner to pop the corks, as he should be set for life. However, the cinema in question is not the most profitable Art House venue in Edinburgh. With the […]

Generally, when a cinema is tagged as the favourite in the whole world by no less a figure than Quentin Tarantino, it is time for the owner to pop the corks, as he should be set for life. However, the cinema in question is not the most profitable Art House venue in Edinburgh. With the Filmhouse just some 300 feet a way, The Cameo has found a worthy rival in the battle for the favour of the capital’s cinéasts. Curtain up for the competition between one of the oldest movie theatres and arguably the most important cinema in Scotland!

The Filmhouse
Programme: Next to the latest international arthouse releases, the Filmhouse offers a wide variety from the history of world cinema. The films that are shown on one big screen (280 seats) and two smaller screens (97 and 72 seats) are thoughtfully compiled into different seasons, such as “Totally Tati” or “The Best of Czech Cinema”. As this cinema is able to screen 70mm, it sometimes offers screenings of silent movies, which are accompanied live by a piano. Whoever experiences cinema at its origins in this way, can consider himself lucky! On the second Sunday of every month the film buffs compete in an extremely tricky quiz, which makes even experts sweat. Participation in groups up to 8, starting at 9am. It is however recommended to get there early in order to get a seat.

Interiors: The interior design is kept simple, yet practical. When entering the Lobby, one’s sight first falls on a collection of outstanding DVDs, which can be purchased. In front of the screen in the main auditorium, there is a stage, which is perfect for Q&A screenings.
Eating and drinking: After having bought your ticket, you will notice there is something missing. Yes, the Filmhouse does not sell any popcorn or sweets, and as is turns out, this is quite convenient. One can fully concentrate on the film and not be bothered by the eating noises of a neighbour. Nevertheless, one can have a reasonably priced meal or a drink afterwards. The café-bar is also a good place to chat to other film-lovers.
Prices: BEFORE 5PM: full price £4.90, concessions £3.30 AFTER 5PM: full price £6.50, concessions £4.90. FR: BARGAIN MATINEES: full price £3.60, concessions £2.10 Concessions available for students, school pupils, children under 15, claimants, senior citizens, disability or invalidity status.

Cameo V
Programme: On one big screen (253 seats), and two smaller screens (75 and 66 seats) mainly alternative new-releases, but also foreign-language films as well as classic re-issues and documentaries are shown. Q&A screenings with guests from the film industry take place on occasion. The Double Bill on Sundays gives one the opportunity to see two related films at the price of one. Every week there is a different foreign-language film to be seen during the European matinee.

Interiors: The main auditorium evokes reminiscences of the past through its highly elegant Edwardian style, which has been largely unchanged since the inception in 1914. The sensation alone of sitting in the cosy seats and enjoying the feeling of being in an absolutely unique place is worthwhile.
Eating and drinking: After having seen a terrific movie, a visit to the Café-bar is a must. Have a coffee in a relaxing atmosphere, listen to the golden 20s music and see if you can name the numerous actors and directors on the walls!
Prices: BEFORE 5PM: full price £5.50, concessions £4.20 AFTER 5PM: full price £6.50, concessions £4.90 MO: full price £4.50, concessions £4.20 WED FIRST SCREENING: £1.50 for concessions holders WEEKENDS: full price £6.50, concessions £4.90 Concessions available for students, children under 15, claimants, senior citizens.

Conclusion: It is difficult to decide which cinema is better – in the end it all comes down to each individual’s personal taste. The real winner in the rivalry between the Cameo and the Filmhouse, though, are the movie-goers of Edinburgh: The fact that the programme directors seldom show a film which the other cinema is already showing, makes Edinburgh’s range of films so uniquely diverse.
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