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The Filmhouse

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West End
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Address: 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ, Scotland
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+44 131 228 2688
10:00 - 21:00
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A small, three-screened theater playing Scotland's most innovative...

A small, three-screened theater playing Scotland's most innovative independent films.

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Filmhouse in Lothian Road Edinburgh is one of these European cinemas that shows non main stream films and re shows films you might have missed, for a couple of days only. Always... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Edinburgh EH15
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Filmhouse in Lothian Road Edinburgh is one of these European cinemas that shows non main stream films and re shows films you might have missed, for a couple of days only. Always worth checking out what is on. In addition they have a great café which serves everything from steaks to vegan at a very reasonable price. Quick service, lots... More 

Thank Taxgirlsheila
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88 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went along to see a film. Ended up having a drink before and a delicious meal afterwards. What a great place - almost the perfect cinema.

Thank Sonofabob
Zagreb, Croatia
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Small independent cinema is so much better than big cinemas! I liked that there is no schedule of seating and you can take beer from the bar to the movie hall. Just opposite of the cinema variety of bars is excellent! Enjoy drinks before and after movies!

Thank Željka J
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Despite being frequently extremely pretentious the sporadic moments of genuinely inspired programming makes up for it. I've seen countless classic on the big screen over the years at the Filmhouse and discovered many hidden gems. In this regard the Filmhouse offers you a priceless chance to see movies that would otherwise not be screened elsewhere. Screenings vary between digital, 35mm,... More 

Thank Shawn W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

sing a long of Calamity Jane. Amazing fantastic a blast. what a great idea and we had such fun singing along to all the songs. I fed back to front desk staff what a blast and were they planning more with some more of my favourites. "He didn't know" and this is what lets a good idea down. After all... More 

Thank caggieking
Dundee, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Been here many times before and always good.Had the beef chilli and my other half had the filo parcels. Both really nice. The place was mega busy and difficult to get a seat. Menus are on the bar and specials posted on the wall behind. When it's really busy or your eye sight isn't the best then this is a... More 

Thank Weirdytwins
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We went to the cinema to watch 'A United Kingdom'. It is a lovely experience and I only wish there were more independent cinemas like this around!

Thank Rachel T
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This is a great little spot for a film. There were a couple of options to choose from. It's very cozy, in a great location, and there's a nice cafe where you can get a small bite, a full meal, coffee or a drink. The theater is large and comfortable.

Thank Ladymcgaga
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31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Met my friend here for lunch today. We both decided to have the chick pea curry with naan bread. It was delicious. Followed by coffee....we usually have a slice of the lovely cake selection....but not today. Too full after eating the curry!

Thank carol1958
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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941 reviews
470 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

I like that this place is not the same as he boring big brand cinemas. It is smaller and feels more homely. It always has a choice of different and interesting films and I like that it sells DVD's in the foyer. In the city centre so easy to get to by public transport although not much parking nearby.

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Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighbourhoods to the west – upwind of factory fumes. Edinburgh was no exception, with its wealthiest citizens settling in its West End and leaving behind grand Georgian townhouses, private gardens and genteel crescents. These backstreets remain as dignified and sleepy as ever, and most of the action here lies along the district’s busy main roads. Lothian Road connects to southern Edinburgh and harbors a vague entertainment district: three theatres and the city’s main indie cinema. All attract a select crowd, the sort who appreciate the Saturday Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market around the corner. The West End’s other great thoroughfare, Shandwick Place, is dominated by trams trundling out to the suburbs and airport, and shoppers picking up last-minute items before hopping aboard.
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