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The Filmhouse

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Address: 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-228-2688
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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.

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Nice buzz

Good service in a busy place both at the ticket desk and at the bar. Lively cafe bar. Nicely laid out seating in screen.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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English first
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good service in a busy place both at the ticket desk and at the bar. Lively cafe bar. Nicely laid out seating in screen.

Thank amvAberdeen
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Almost always at least one film of interest on show. Good restaurant and bar. But be warned; the bar prices are quite steep (about 30% more than the pubs in the area). They are obviously aware of that fact as they do not display the prices. If you ask for a price list they point to a small sheet displayed... More 

Thank Dvorak150
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great night here, dinner, drinks and film. Only problem was the amount of people going out the screening to buy more drinks & snack, bit distracting.

Thank AberfudgeFis
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent films not conventional showing on a old fashioned style screenings. Most of them produced with low budget but high quality filmmakers. An unique cinematic experience on town. Highly recommended

Thank roussrivas
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

There are already lots of reviews which mention the need for refurbishment or how good it is to have an independent cinema. If you are looking for a pristine cinema with mega-coke and popcorn then try elsewhere. Faded carpets and furniture..........love it because I feel comfortable. The food and service have been fine in my experience. If you have a... More 

Thank Helen P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

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
Perth, Australia
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560 reviews
165 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

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
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27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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
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101 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 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.

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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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.

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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.
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