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The Filmhouse

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Address: 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ, Scotland
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+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
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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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Good cinema too often clogged up with arty junk that no one really wants to see.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Shawn W
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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Thank Shawn W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Thank caggieking
Dundee, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Weirdytwins
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 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!

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Thank Rachel T
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 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.

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benidorm
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 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!

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Thank carol1958
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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806 reviews
387 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 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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1 Thank ScottishTemplar
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2016

I like coming in here at lunch time, they serve decent beer on tap and very decent man sized portions of nachos, defo a nice place to sit with a book and eat and drink if you have an hour to spare. They do a range of decent food, plus veg options.

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Thank Miss_Laura_Lou
Eddie C, Manager at The Filmhouse, responded to this review

We are very glad you enjoyed your experience with us as the whole team here tries very hard to please our customers. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

Went to the Filmhouse after a long absence. Used to love this place but will avoid from now on. Can't believe that it's nearly as expensive to see a film here (£10) as a multiplex - it gets funding from 3 sources too. Cafe very expensive. I used to think the place was boho and arty but now the whole... More 

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Thank tintoy77
Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

We only had a limited time left on our weekend away so tried this quirky looking cinema cafe for breakfast, unfortunately after 45mins waiting patiently for our Scottish brekkie we questioned them, either they forgot about us or were 'short staffed' as was their excuse, although maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me as I counted about 5 of... More 

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Thank Aisling W
Eddie C, Manager at The Filmhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review of our Cafe Bar and we really appreciate your comments regarding your recent visit. Unfortunately on this occasion we let both yourself and ourselves down due to an unfortunate staffing matter. We should have informed you much sooner that there was a problem and we are now putting measures in... More 

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Staying in West End

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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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