We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Filmhouse

Certificate of Excellence
West End
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-228-2688
Improve this listing
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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

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

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 149 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 86
  • 52
    Very good
  • 9
  • 2
  • 0
Nice independent cinema

I've been a proud Filmhouse member since 2011. Initially attracted by the fantastic selection of non-mainstream movies and also the cheap prices (especially as a student member... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

149 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I've been a proud Filmhouse member since 2011. Initially attracted by the fantastic selection of non-mainstream movies and also the cheap prices (especially as a student member), I've seen so many pictures at this cinema. They have a great bar and cafe area, which also holds a film quiz each month (extremely difficult). The prices have been going up quite... More 

Thank Bonzostar
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
499 reviews
146 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed "The Suffragette" at this cinema and while the facility is good and well located, my wife was very disappointed to find out that popcorn was not on sale! Strange, given it is such an iconic thing to do at the movies. I might have understood if an explanation had been forthcoming, but none was offered.....weird....

Thank TippOz
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a very comfortable arthouse cinema that shows British and Hollywood releases with a cafe-bar and member discounts. It's an easy walk from Princes Street and the ticket prices are more reasonable than other mainstream cinemas around town. The cafe opens at 8am, they have a nice menu - some vegetarian items as well. FREE wi-fi is a big... More 

Thank LenaHollywoodMuse
Broad Oak, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
98 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

good value meal before 5pm, beware the chopped chilli is pretty hot! Good environment to meet friends.

Level Contributor
35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Haven't been here in a while as I have moved from Edinburgh bu I did notice that the cost of the food had risen noticeably since my last visit. Perhaps this is why there were hardly any customers on Friday at lunchtime.

1 Thank WendywooWendywoo
Level Contributor
230 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I haven't been, for a while (the usual constraints) but this is going to change! The Film House has a Great Buzz about it, with an excellent programme of movies and events. I was meeting an old friend and we are going to use it for future ones. Next time, after a light lunch, we're going to see a movie!... More 

1 Thank Busybee888
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Easily the best cinema in Edinburgh. Wide selection of international films without overemphasis on American or French film etc. Sometimes the selection varies in quality from month to month, but they usually do good "seasons" of themed films. On the downside the cafe is overpriced for most items. It does do good nachos though.

1 Thank bobmonkfish2015
Montrose, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

On a previous visit I sat in a cinema 3, where there were no spare seats, to watch an Italian silent film, with life 'translation'. It was wonderful. This time I saw 'My name is Slat', The cinema specialises in showing extraordinarily interesting films that do not get a wide distribution. AND there is a fine café where you can... More 

2 Thank Sally W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I like the size of the place. It's friendly and cosier that those large multiplex cinemas.The films shown are a mixture of main stream and others not so main stream, plus foreign films. There's also a comfortable cafe/bar that serves good food.

Thank Jean M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

i have been visiting edinburgh for work every fortnight in the last few months. I always make sure that I fit in at least one visit if not two. They have the best selection of foreign cinema movies that I have seen anywhere in the uk. There has always been something on that I have been happy to watch. Check... More 

2 Thank tambam444

Travelers who viewed The Filmhouse also viewed

Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland

Been to The Filmhouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Filmhouse and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
10 months ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from The Filmhouse staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?

Staying in West End

Neighborhood Profile
West End
Prevailing winds meant that most cities that grew in industrial Britain had their most desirable neighborhoods 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 theaters 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.
Explore this neighborhood