Filmhouse is a world-class three screen independent cinema showing a wide range of films from all over the world, from quality crowd-pleasers and family films to esoteric arthouse works, via restored classics, retrospectives and themed seasons and festivals.
Our home at 88 Lothian Road is in a former church, which we took over in 1978, having previously been based in Randolph Crescent. At first we had only one 100-seat screen (now cinema two), accessed via a back door on Chuckie Pend, off Morrison Street, but by 1985 the restoration work was complete, and cinema one, the bar and the front doors were opened. Cinema three was added in 1997.
Filmhouse’s programme includes over 700 films and events every year, and we can screen work digitally (in 2D and Active 3D) and from film, be it 35mm, 16mm or even 70mm. We frequently host Q&As and panel discussions, and our Education and Learning department offers a range of screenings, workshops, courses and events for all ages. All three cinemas are fully accessible, and we regularly screen films with audio description and hard-of-hearing subtitles. In 2012 we received a Go Shop Award from the Royal National Institute of Blind People, in recognition of our good practice.