• 88 Lothian Road
    EH3 9BZ
Since 1978, Filmhouse has been Edinburgh's foremost independent cinema, celebrating world cinema in all its brilliance and diversity.


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 1976 and commenced screenings at in 1978. At first we had only one 90-seat screen (now Cinema 2), accessed via a back door on Chuckie Pend, off Morrison Street, but by 1985 the restoration work was complete, and Cinema 1, the bar and the front doors were opened. Cinema 3 was added in 1997.

Filmhouse's programme includes around 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.

CAFE BAR - open 08.00am Monday to Friday


As well as our three screens, we have a comfortable café bar, open from 8am Monday to Friday, offering a wide range of freshly-prepared food, including vegetarian and award-winning vegan options, and a great selection of ales and wines.


A great selection of fresh, imaginative and affordable food, available until 10pm every day. You can take a look at our full menu here.

The Café Bar is open from 8am Mon - Fri.

We are now offering a new expanded breakfast menu, available till Noon Mon - Sat and until 3pm on Sunday.

This includes Full Scottish and Vegetarian cooked breakfast options, fresh fillings for breakfast rolls; Ayrshire middle bacon, pork & herb sausage, Stornoway black pudding, Quorn vegetarian sausage, Portobello mushroom, and free-range eggs - either fried, poached or scrambled.

We hope you will enjoy the improved variety and quality and we would love you to come in and try our new selection.


Choose from eleven draught beers, five real ales, twelve wines by the glass, loads of bottled beers and over thirty malt whiskies!

You can take drinks from the bar into screenings - just ask the bar staff for a plastic glass.

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Such a geat little cinema, showing films from around the world that I would never get a chance to see elsewhere. All seats seem to have a great view of …
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