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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
Description: 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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One of the Best Meeting Places!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Ayrshire
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28 reviews
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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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St.Andrews
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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 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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.

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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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 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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 

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Abington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is a fantastic cinema right in the heart of the city. brings back memories of cinema s of old before the multi companies spoilt the cinema experience. Shows a mixture of films from all-over the world with special one off nights and foreign film festivals. The individuals screens are small but comfortable and not too cramped. Only thing that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Went to a French animation about ancient Egypt, and it was lovely to be in a proper old fashioned style cinema as opposed to the ubiquitous multiplex. The children were welcomed in the foyer and shown to their seats and the film was introduced beforehand. Shows many different genres of film and stays away from the usual blockbusters. Can have... More 

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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014 via mobile

We were in Edinburgh for a couple of days and staying nearby. Our arrival coincided with the first night of the French Film Festival, a really lucky break. This was my first visit to the Filmhouse and I'm so pleased to have discovered it. Really helpful staff, an exceptionally lively bar and wonderful seats in the auditorium. One of my... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I love this place. Mainly shows art house and foreign films but some of these are mainstream so it is always worth looking I think. As far as actual cinema goes it is much the same as many other places but often feels more friendly and close which I like. Always clean as well and many cinemas could do with... More 

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Additional Information about The Filmhouse

Address: Address: 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ, Scotland
Phone Number: 44-131-228-2688
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > West End
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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.