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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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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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Different from other cinemas

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2016
ScottishTemplar
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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664 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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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
Level Contributor
16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars 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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Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars 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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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 

Santa Monica, California
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66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Saw the "Hail Caesar" movie here recently, and dined afterwards in the very nice café on the ground floor that has a wide range of entrees including vegetarian. . The building is divided into several cinemas. You can walk to it from Princes Street by going up the street at the side of the Caledonian Hotel, which is Lothian Road.... More 

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Montrose, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

I have several times stumbled on one-off screenings in this bijou cinema. This time the film was part of the Italian Film Festival, introduced by the director - who took Q&A after the screening. Ace. There's a café with a range of interesting food, which incorporates a bar. And you can pick up a DVD from the foyer if you... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016

Great place if you like smaller, more independent cinemas. This is not a main stream cinema and it shows in the quality of food, service and overall experience. All the staff were wonderful, the food was amazing and the atmosphere great due to the number of people in the bar. Plenty of choice for food, drinks and snacks and very... More 

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Scotland
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113 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

This was our first time here and overall found it a bit tired and in need of some refurbishment. This however did not detract from our visit. Pleasant courteous staff from the ticket counter through the café to the screen. Great value food in the café before 17.00. Interesting menu. Food was tasty and fresh. Pleasant buzzy atmosphere and not... More 

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Aberdeen
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

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

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2016

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 

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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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