Cameo Cinema

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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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Adrian D
Edinburgh, UK691 contributions
Oct 2022
This was my second visit to the Cameo but my first for a good few years. The Cameo is a traditional cinema and is over 100 years old. This time I went with my brother to see DIO: Dreamers Never Die. We were in screen 1 and I loved the ornate feel to the theatre. The film was good however it was somewhat spoiled by a group of people who talked through the entire film. I was disappointed by the limited range of snacks which would benefit from the addition of nachos. I would rate the cinema as a 3.5 however the facility for half marks doesn't exist which is why I gave it a 4. The Cameo shows films that more mainstream cinemas don't, which is good, however the overall experience could be better.
Written October 2, 2022
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suebell262
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK178 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Really enjoyed our visit to cameo today to see Sparks Brothers film at 1 pm

Was pleasantly surprised at how clean and comfortable we found the venue given previous reviews.

yes a little tired but staff were welcoming, the seat recliner bed and were very comfortable and all adhered to Covid restrictions.

We will deffo return when we next visit Edinburgh x
Written August 1, 2021
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T B
York, UK1,083 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
This place will take you back in time: either to when you didn’t exist, when you were young or when you last visited Cinema Rif in Tangiers.
Friendly staff throughout and a lovely option to take alcoholic drinks or tea and coffee from the cafe into the screening.
The French Dispatch ensured the experience was a complete success. Enjoy!
Written December 22, 2021
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alioskiri
Windsor, UK24 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Wet and cold day forecast for today so my partner and myself decided to go to The Cameo to watch The Batman. We booked the tickets with ease. You have to use credit card as there’s no options for PayPal, Apple Pay or others. Website says open 15 mins before. On arrival the cafe had definitely been open longer. Shame they didn’t advertise that. Took our seats. Comfy as they were, unfortunately the screen we were in, screen 1 was absolutely freezing! I have never been so cold in a cinema before. There were staff constantly in and out of the fire escape door which was a real nuisance! Light beaming In every 5 minutes. Then came the drilling from behind the scenes which we could hear over the film. The screen we were in had definitely seen better days. The ceiling needs a complete overhaul and the heating turned on. I would definitely not recommend going which really is a shame as we love supporting Independent businesses.
Written March 16, 2022
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FashionAsArt
5 contributions
Jan 2023
I'd like to point out that I've been visiting the Cameo since the 90s and I've never walked out of a film before. But I had the misfortune of having my friend book a ticket to Aftersun last night which was being shown in Screen 2.
We had seats at the end of the room furthest away from the entrance. Due to the angle of the screen (facing away from us) and the fact that our seats were not aligned with the edge of the screen, it was impossible to view what was being shown. I had a sore neck before the adverts had even finished showing.

An absolute disaster of a cinema, completely unfit for purpose. I walked out.
Written January 8, 2023
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IgnorantBystander
Edinburgh, UK285 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
We're lucky to have the Cameo in Edinburgh. It's a cinema with character and a great selection of films. But they have botched the overhaul of Screen 2. The screen is way too large for the space, and you're either so close that the picture judders, or you're at such an angle it is foreshortened - or both!
Written October 28, 2014
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lordmartyr
Edinburgh, UK24 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
I hesitate to say a bad word about the Cameo as I'm all for what it stands for and the bar is nice and the staff are always great but I will always check from now on if the film I want to see is in screen 2 as it really is just an afterthought. Screen tiny, sound poor, seats in the front row ridiculously close to the screen.
Written March 21, 2014
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Maria O
Edinburgh, UK24 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
It is my 3rd visit and possibly my last at this cinema. Went there with my son who is a student because of the convenient time of the screening. They gave us middle seats at cinema 2, if you can call it a cinema. It only had 3 rows. Nice seats. Luckily we were seated at the second row in the middle. The side sits at the price they charge... No thanks. The people going to the restrooms had to pass in front of the screen!!! The room was like a home cinema setting at an expensive IMAX price! Cost £23.5 for 2 tickets....
Written November 6, 2018
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Jonathan M
Puderbach, Germany3 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
The Cameo is probably my favourite place in Edinburgh. Brilliant cinema with a great selection of new and old films, a great staff, a cozy bar with good music and great student offers. The student membership is a must for all student cinema lovers in Edinburgh.

During my screening of Strangers on a Train a woman in my row masturbated and occasionally quietly moaned which is the most bizarre thing I've ever experienced at the cinema but you can rest assured that this is not something that usually happens at this location. Definitely pay it a visit on your trip to Edinburgh.
Written August 5, 2018
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joan r
Edinburgh, UK1 contribution
Nov 2014 • Couples
gr8 wee place if only they got rid of that awful smell.The toilets have been redone but are going into decline in a short space of time (they smell of urine).The cleaning standards have dropped since my last visit a few years back.Come on cameo get your act together and employ useful cleaners again.
Written November 11, 2014
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