I came here for the first time in October 2012 to see les intouchables, an amazingly touching French film with English subtitles. It was one of those perfect days: a bicycle ride across the sunny meadows on Saturday, a couple of lovely people, delicious food, an a hilarious yet moving film. Having lived in a remote part of south west England during most of my childhood, I was pretty convinced that I was the only one in the world who enjoyed watching subtitled films, often those with a very bizarre 'story line'. Coming to art house cinemas like the film house in Exeter, and now the film house in Edinburgh, has proved me wrong.
This is an old fashioned cinema, coming from a very small independent chain. The tickets are very reasonably priced, being a student I only paid £5.50, which is considerably cheaper than the vue omnicentre and the odeon just up the road. The full price ticket is £7.50. If you go for a matinee instead, or the bargain matinee, you will pay even less!
The cinema is traditional, pretty, and attracts a crowd of culture vultures who want independent films, classics, foreign language films, and a great atmosphere.
The box office sells second hand indie films, divine chocolate (which is fairtrade), a few sweets. You can also pick up the seasonal programme which is usually hanging around from where you buy the tickets.
The programme itself is very comprehensive, giving details of all films of the season, plot summaries, and recommends films in categories, e.g. European films, French film festival, romance. There are usually loads of films that I'd love to see, but I don't have the time nor the money to see all of them.
Before or after watching your film you should check out the café. It offers a good choice of home cooked food, cakes, coffee and SOYA HOT CHOCOLATE WITH VEGAN MARSHMALLOWS. Sorry, I got excited...
I really recommend you check out the programme, be it online or the real deal, and get yourself a ticket.
I agree with many of the reviews. My experiences are very positive.
I like the fact that indy, foreign films and previous releases get a chance to showcase. We actually went to see a 3D film.
They have a large food court that serves coffee, cakes, ice creams, beer, wine etc.. which you are permitted to take into the cinema. Whoop!
There is however no place, bar the floor, to put these said drinks as there are no holders in the armrests.
My gripe is the seats, these are not very comfortable and smallish.
In the lobby there is also the opportunity to buy DVDs of all genres and eras of films.
Service is friendly and efficient.
Filmhouse! Why can't you exist in New York?
A really amazing theater, not only in terms of their movie selections and series (I'm not a huge film buff, but in browsing the book I found tons of movies, big and small, that I would love to see) but also in terms of the whole experience. The cafe and bar area is cute, but not pretentious, and while we didn't get food, it all looked delicious. On a Wednesday night, it was packed, which gave it a cozy, community feel. And the theater itself, while one of the smaller ones, was comfy, and I loved how they draw the curtains before the film starts.
I love Filmhouse. It's the city's best cinema, partly because of its amazing independent programme, partly because of the great feel of the building (it's a converted church), partly because of the brilliant little cafe, and partly because THEY DON'T SERVE POPCORN.
Yes, cinema goers. You read right. There's no popcorn. Which means you can usually enjoy a film in relative peace. No munching in your ear, no rustling, no crunchity crunchity. None of it. Wonderful!
Of course, even without that amazing element to it, Filmhouse would still be ruling the cinematic roost anyway. Its programme is always excellent. The Film Guild also runs a cracking programme that's well worth investigation.
There's none of that boring, cookie cutter multiplex feel either. Staff seem genuinely interested in film, the cinema supports local filmmakers and writers and it holds brilliant seasons and themes throughout the year. You don't see that at the local Odeon...
There's a loyalty scheme that you can join for free and get discounts on grub (amazing nachos btw) and accumulate points. Points make prizes!
Love, love, love!
His hands. Robert recognized Jason's hands rifling through the Foreign DVDs. This wasn't work and he'd only ever seen Jason at work. This was real life and no one was watching. Robert's mind couldn't help but fast forward to a potential romantic evening with a fine Bordeaux, some Thai food and hours and hours of carnal pleasures.
Still standing there in a daze Jason turned, surprised and coughed, "Rob..Robert? What are you doing he-re?" then flushed... he was here with Brendan, his ex.
"There's a movie depicting the injustices and corruption of Malawian government bond trading in the African Humanity Series this month. I'm planning on making a trip there soon, so I better brush up on the corruption and misguided efforts of our banks in these poor coun- What are YOU doing here?"
"A-a-a friend invited me to a free screening of a new Film Noir horror film, where the world gets taken over pigeon zombi- it was free."
"Well, wow. It was good- it was gre-really great to see you. Oh, 80% Cacao, that's the good stuff. Well enjoy the movie, and the chocolate."
"Well the movie doesn't start for another 45 minutes, wanna grab a beer and hang out for a bit?"
"I would but -uh- I'm here with... I can't,"
"Next time then?"
And then it's your story to decide what happens...
But the Filmhouse is the type of place that I imagine gay romance novels begin. It has all sorts of artsy fartsy, political and foreign movies, but also beer and a cafe. Where else would they start?
P.S. Straight people can love the Filmhouse too, it's just for my gay romance novel, it was better that they were gay.
Such a great cinema with a wide range of films, including foreign language films and current blockbusters. The best choice of films in Edinburgh. The cafe is also great with a wide selection of food and a varying specials menu - portions are huge too. I recommend the nachos - yum!
I feel an update is needed from my previous 3 stars, to 4 stars, as I feel slightly hypocritical given that I've been to the Filmhouse about 5 times in the past 4 weeks.
As an old-fashioned filmhouse, the seats are still a little uncomfy. There's still no drinks holders, hardly any leg room (even for my 5'4 stature), and for some reason it's always really warm in the big theatre so I quite often get a little dozy.
But it's starting to feel a little bit like home. Or a local. A really nice, friendly local. The staff are really friendly, the crowd who visit and become your neighbours in film-watching are good chat (quite an important element. No popcorn throwing urchins here folks).
And most of all, they show a fantastic range of films with a monthly programme available to pick up in the lobby. As well as some of the new releases there are always many foreign, art-house and older movies, as well as fun screenings like a matinée performance of Tom and Jerry cartoons (been, watched, loved it).
Over Christmas they had the most wonderful selection of movies, of which I also saw The Muppets Christmas Carol and It's a Wonderful Life (and it certainly is). Both times I left feeling really warm, fuzzy and full of love. I think that's an experience that's lacking somewhat in the comfier, but soulless, larger chain cinemas.
So I won't be going to see the new Batman movie here, admittedly I'll be paying premium for the new IMAX screen elsewhere in the Burgh. But I am tempted to get a membership card here. I just need to wear my comfiest clothes to allow maximum squirming room to avoid cramped leg situations, and will always eat out first / after rather than go to their café (not a huge fan) but the Filmhouse has won me over.
For an old-fashioned, old-world romantic film-going experience, the Filmhouse is the best in the Burgh I'd say.
Fantastic old fashioned cinema that still draw the curtains before the start of the film!!
It has that old fashioned feel about it that reminds you of when you were a kid going to the cinema!
Yes the leg room is awful, yes the chair are not as comfy as they could be, but isnt that all part of the cinema expereince in a way! Old cinemas were designed to pack people in and thats what this palce can do!!
The concession stand needs moer variety but its still a cracking place!
Where's the bloody popcorn?
How can you have a cinema without popcorn? Seriously, wasn't this the industry built around films, popcorn and soda?
Try and be retro all you want, but no popcorn and I'm thinking the attempt to be retro was a gimmick and fell significantly short. I'm unsure how this could have been a "business decision" to forgo a popcorn machine (the ingredients like soda cost next to nothing).
My unsolicited advice to cinema goers: you'll find a similar price at an establishment with popcorn.
My unsolicited advice to Filmhouse: purchase a popcorn machine already and do retro right!
Belligerent ranter, out...
Great cinema, but the decent enough cafe currently appears to suffer from HORRIBLE staff. I am afraid this is the 3rd time I have been relatively recently when a grumpy bunch of young women (as it happens) have set about ruining the experience. I need not have worried it was the cut of my jib in particular as I witnessed them cut through customer after customer. No request was beyond the sneer, the bored look, the sigh, the tut. Truly horrible. I have been going for over 20 years and this is quite the worst it has been. I am willing to put it down to them all having been out last night and hung over, but being rude and grumpy to my kids, forces me to register my unhappiness. The Filmhouse deserves a lot better.
Our intrepid vegetarian review correspondent, Sandra, came to check our the Filmhouse Cafe's range of delights. She was impressed.
Overall, she said: "the Filmhouse café, with its arty international vibe, makes a really nice change from the standard eateries in this part of town. I was very taken with the relaxed atmosphere and could see myself coming back for a leisurely afternoon."
I wish there was a separate review for the cafe. Superb selection of film and the front if house staff are courteous and welcoming and then you transition to the cafe where the staff are aloof at best. See a film here, but with such a fine selection of pubs and restaurants in the area, do yourself a favour and eat/drink elsewhere in a place that shows appreciation for your custom.
I like to lurk around the Filmhouse cafe and bar now and again, pretending I'm a very deep film buff with a penchant for a random type of cinema that hardly anyone knows about, therefore making me very mysterious and intriguing. In real and honest terms, I do have a monthly pass for Cineworld to get my blockbuster and mainstream film fix, but I do love nothing better than a Spanish language film in an arthouse cinema, so the independent allure of the Filmhouse gets my vote.
The cinema shows a good variety of films of a week, and I'm sure any individual, no matter how movie fussy, would find something to their liking. There a lot of little film seasons and festivals that go on here throughout the year, with the biggest being the Edinburgh International Film Festival, which uses the Filmhouse as its main hub in June. The Cafe is also great for lunchtime hanging, with reliably hearty food that's always tasty, plus there's free Wi-Fi, massive bonus.
If you are fed up with overpriced, soulless cinemas such as Odeon and Cineworld, then Filmhouse is the place for you.
A friend, who is one of these people who seems to know too many details about every single film in perhaps a slightly pretentious, snooty way always raves about this cinema. So when he invited me along to see a film I was slightly worried that it was going to be some art house/indie flick and everyone would congregate in the bar afterward to discuss the lighting or the real meaning. But I was pleasantly surprised. It isn't actually pretentious, it is a venue for real film lovers to go where they don't have to sit and listen to 14 year olds jumping around or that fat guy behind you munching his jumbo extra large super size popcorn.
Filmhouse offers some films which are currently playing in the cinema, along with some of the good ones you may have missed in the last few months or even years. Look out for some real classics, you may catch your favourite film from the 80's playing here. There is also the expected indie/art house films, but you will be pleasantly surprised as to what might interest you. I have just booked myself in to see La Danse, which is a documentary on the Paris Opera Ballet. At £3.50 a ticket (student) I was mega happy. Obviously the actual cinema isn't as flash as Odeon or Cineworld, but it is comfortable and it is part of the experience.
I haven't really experienced the bar/cafe so I can't comment, but would like to give it a go.
One of the independent cinemas in Edinburgh and the main home to the International Film Festival, it brings a variety of international and local films, no mainstream or blockbusters. (put this in the context of I love you Phillip Morris or the Last Train will be shown whilst there's no way you'll catch a Harry Potter or an X-Men movie here).
There are often various festivals and events going on (their website is particularly useful and updated often!) and although their cafe/restaurant has no windows, it serves good food too. The screening rooms themselves are not huge and for the tall people I would be better seated at the ends of the rows- the seats are quite close together. But it has retained it's independent character, giving a breath of fresh air to the local cinemas for something a little bit different.
Their tickets are very reasonable and keep a look out for early screening deals etc. Plus occasionally there are discussions with directors and filmmakers, which can be very interesting to attend.
The advantage with such independent cinemas is they act as a deterrent for little brats who scream and shout all the way through a viewing.
Like the Cameo further up the road, the Filmhouse opt for the unique and interesting films that won't have been plugged on every available TV channel. Probably reaches its peak of attraction during the Edinburgh Festival as it becomes a hive of activity.
Great for cinema lovers.
Although sitated very close to the Cameo cinema (just up the road), the Filmhouse has a very different vibe to it - while the Cameo excels at making you feel as though a trip to the cinema can be fun again, the Filmhouse kind of takes itself a bit more seriously.
This can be seen in the most important part of any cinema - the film listings. Yes, they do some major releases, but they also do some more indie films, and even some art-house european type films. I actually like this kind of thing, but not as much as some of the patrons - who can be heard in the bar afterwards discussing aspects of the film that you thought were inconsiquential.
A great place for cinema that is just a bit different.
The Filmhouse is one of Edinburgh's many cinema's and caters to the slightly more alternative audience.
They frequently have month long themes, and a favourite of mine was the French Cinema one over the Christmas period. Their choice of movies can seem eclectic at times, as they may opt to show a blockbuster film more at home in the Omnicentre, or a more austere Nouvelle Vague classic.
The last time I was there I saw Orson Welles And Me (it may have had something to do with Zac Efron!). The atmosphere is much more relaxed than a large cinema, the chairs are extremely cosy, and I have noticed the cinema theatres are hardly full! If you arrive a little early, as I have a few times, you can waste time browsing through their collection of foreign film Dvds (for sale!) in the reception. It's quite an extensive collection!
The Filmhouse is one of the great independent cinemas that grace Lothian Road. Located near Princes Street, this cinema is in a great location for film enthusiasts to pay a visit!
Like the Cameo, this cinema has it's own bar, with a more extensive seating area than the Cameo. The café has always been quite busy and vibrant when I have been there. The noise of people chatting away is complimented by swing and jazz music of the 1950s! The interior is set around this 1950s styled building, and the theatre is taken right out an old cinema theatre. Red seats, white walls and deep red coloured blinds!
Usually, I go to the Cameo for seeing independent films, but the Filmhouse certainly is a great alternative. It shows a lot of British smaller independent films, this included Fish Tank, one of the best British films of last year!
One of Edinburgh's best cinemas!
Great fun place to see something not so main stream. I recently sampled some Japanese film fun in the form of death note which was cracking.
The food was good tho a little over priced for what you get. The reason why I have not taking off more stars because they have recently develop a loyalty scheme which gives you £1 back for ever £10 you spend.
I am a big fan of this place as it is one of the few venues in Edinburgh that I feel I can sit with a drink and a book and feel unobtrusive. It is a nice bright environment with a very diverse clientele and a great range of reasonably priced food.
The service can be a bit haphazard and there, at times, appears to be no logic as to who will get served at the bar next but, if you are not in a hurry it is an excellent place to go for a nice, leisurely lunch and chat. It has a good range of vegetarian food and some meat options too. Good beer and wine range as well. The cakes are a bit pricy but tasty as well. And you can always take in a film while you are there.
An amazing place. Filmhouse has an unrivalled programme of arthouse, classic and world cinema, and as someone from a comparable British city that has only a fraction of what Filmhouse offers, I am bowled over by it. I've seen all sorts there, from foreign comedies to Hollywood classics to arthouse premieres. I was honoured to see Maggie Cheung there at a special screening of In the Mood for Love. A regular feature of the programming is the many retrospectives, often of a star or director. The venue also plays a key role in the annual Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Filmhouse is also a great place to meet up for coffee, lunch or a pint. There's a classy bar with lovely food - I had the houmous - delicious! - and it's a wonderful place to sit and chat about the films you've just seen. It can get quite crowded before a film, however.
Very much an arthouse cinema that's the home of various festivals showing world cinema and a selection of cult classics.
The cafe/bar is pretty decent and is almost an attraction on its own right - I've never tried the food but it certainly looks good. There are also a lot of DVDs for sale of various arthouse/culty interest movies in the front lobby.
If you're a real film buff this place is well worth checking out.
The Filmhouse hosts a wide range of films, in particular art house cinema. It is a very educational place with films running in seasons in terms of different directors/styles/countries. There are 3 cinemas within the Filmhouse so there is always a good choice of what to see. You will also get one off shows of classic films and interesting talks to go along with various films.
There is also a cafe/bar which is pleasant and a relaxing environment. A wide range of food and drinks are served.
The Filmhouse also has a great selection of dvds to buy and if your looking for a film that's not there they will order is for you. It's a great service especially when a film is hard to come by.
The Edinburgh filmhouse is definitely worth checking out. It shows a wide variety of current and classic films, with something for everyone who shares a love of the big screen.
There's a plethora of European-language films, Asian movies and anything world cinema, really. It's a hip, arty kind of place to hang out.
Also, the cafe/bar offers refreshments, including alcoholic beverages. The filmhouse is a great place to watch a movie and especially good for seeing something unique, non-mainstream, emotive and captivating.
The cafe and bar attached to Edinburgh's Filmhouse is a good place for a pre- or post film drink and snack, but is also worth visiting in its own right.
It's fairly large so you shouldn't have too much of a problem finding a seat, although it can get busy in between films. The size and decor mean that it does lack a bit of atmosphere, especially compared to some of Edinburgh's pubs. The bar offers a good range of drinks, including some real ales. Drink prices are, however, rather expensive. In contrast, the food is good value and tasty - their nachos have become something of a legend in our office! It's also served quickly.
They also have free wifi, which can be especially handy if you want to show off your iphone!
Films films films, with a positive adjective stuck at the beginning of each of those.
Whether its european, american or japanese, the filmhouse film is guaranteed to be worthy of studying and pondering afterwards - i'm guessing that's why they provide a cafe/bar as well as a mulititude of screens. I've personally very rarely been disappointed with a film i've seen here, and very often been dumbstruck.
Pop in, pick up a leaflet from the counter, then rearrange your week around what you're going to see at the filmhouse.
Went to the Filmhouse for the first time the other day and loved it! We started with a lunch at the Filmhouse cafe. A bit lacking in atmosphere but the menu certainly makes up for that. The choise is impressive; especially for vegetarians and vegans alike! Your order at the bar, but they'll bring the food to your table. Very friendly service. I ordered spicy beans nacho with a glass of rose and my partner ordered an Italian bread pizza with a pint from the Isle of Arran. Both were delicious!! I was almost disappointed that we'd purchased tickets for the French movie playing that afternoon. I could have easily stayed for another serving! Merde!
The movie played on Screen 3 - a very small but intimate theatre. As we went for the afternoon session (3pm) we only paid £4.80 per ticket (no concession). That's not bad at all. Overall, this was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and we certainly will be back for more.
along with the cameo cinema up the road (not to be confused with the fun cameo bar in leith), filmhouse shows arthouse/foreign/independent/old/non-shitty films.
its cheap, and on fridays its cheaper. they often have the director or someone from the film come and speak at premieres, often have fun themed mini film festivals based on genre or geogprahic location and sadly often have those small screens and uncomfy seats.
also a great cafe and restaurant for before/after film needs. seems to be a hang out for filmy artsy types and hip elderly.
its worth it.
Wandering up lothian road was looking for a place to grab a bite. Popped in here for a no-fuss quick meal. Had the Thai curry and a decent pint from a good range of ales. While the layout is more refectory than restaurant the food was pretty good and very cheap. I think they do deals throughout the week. On the film side, haven't been in for a few months but I'd always pick an independent over a big chain. Seem to attract folk who want to watch a film rather than see how many people can be disturbed with a bag of pic n' mix!
If you like international films and don't mind a slightly outdated look (some may call it arty) then this is the place for you. The cafe's not bad and there is a varied range of films that have a decent run. Also watch out for any country/style specific festivals, get you watching stuff you may not have thought of!
A great place to meet up over coffee or a quick bite to eat. There are plenty of tables of various sizes, and lots of space inbetween for those with pushchairs or prams, etc. There is a limited menu of healthy, mostly vegetarian food, which is reasonably priced, tasty and served quickly. The spicy bean nachos are a favourite - a filling and tasty meal for under £5. The staff are very friendly and the hot chocolate is delicious! It can get busy just before or just after films as people meet up beforehand or grab a quick drink afterwards. One reviewer felt that the bar lacked atmosphere compared to some of the more traditional Edinburgh pubs, however I feel it has more atmosphere than most modern bars in the likes of George Street.
wonderful independent cinema with great bar/cafe to hang out. home also to the annual Edinburgh Film Festival which has now moved to June.
They have a great programme of films showing a wide selection acroos the 3 cinema screens. Although it's an old venue, it is fully accessible and has digital projection facilities.
what i like about them is that they also do other things such as film classes, film appreciation classes as well as things for children to engage them in all things filmic.
The cafe/bar is a great place to hang out with a great menu of food such as large plates of nachos, falafel and baked potatoes.
There is a selection of film books/dvds on sale too in the foyer. they have a members scheme which is worth joining to get discounts and involved in this special place.
Filmhouse is a place where the famous Edinburgh Film festival takes palce. It is arthouse rather than cinema. It have a bar/cafe, so you can get refreshments. You will mostly find independent and art film rather than big blockbusters on offer in here. The Filmhouse have three screens, so there is a good choice of films to see. It is bit more expensive than other cinemas in Edinburgh, but the status of Filmhouse is much higher than a normal cinema.
The Filmhouse is Edinburgh's premier arthouse cinema. It used to take centre stage during the Edinburgh Film Festival but I feel that it's been usurped by Cineworld at Fountainbridge. Its still a good place to see a film. You never get rowdy noisy teens. I'm not sure if its airconditioned though. I remember this summer being uncomfortably hot during a Werner Herzog film about the Antarctic. (No, really) The DVD's that they sell in the foyer are a bit pricey, you can get them all much cheaper on play.com. However, it may be one of the last places to pick up anything on the Tartan label now they are bust. The cafe does great food and its a nice place for a drink and to meet friends. You can even take kids into the bar early on.
I really like the Film House for lunch. The food is always delicious. Can be quite noisy and busy. Would recommend if you're looking for a quick, affordable lunch.
Love it! , love the fact that they play foreign movies , old ones middle eastern! its just uh mazing
Edinburgh's Filmhouse is one of those cinemas that sometimes has such an interesting list of showings that you don't feel like you could watch any of them. But that's not a bad thing. Balancing mainstream releases with world cinema and re-issues of old classics, the Filmhouse is to be trusted. Lots happening during the Edinburgh Film Festival in August, too. Good cafe/bar also serving food is great if you want to meet friends before a film.
This is another very good cinema, there isnt too much difference between the filmhouse and the cameo, i couldnt really pick a favourite, the filmhouse is a bit more arty and has more foreign films. another one for people who are genuinely interested in film and cinema. The selection of films on are always very good, very comfortable and relaxed, id rather go to the filmhouse or the cameo than an odeon or vue.
This cinema is definitely a departure from the usual chain cinemas showing purely arthouse and indie films which is good because where else would you be able to watch them! One of the downsides is that the price of tickets is usually a bit steep! tending to come in above £6 which stops me from going there on a regular basis other than that its a great place to go with a bar and a restaurant so you can really make a night of it and not to far from princes so if you are seeing the film during the day you can go and do some shopping or go out for a night on the town!
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