Five of the Best Cinemas in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Cinemas Guide

If you are into your movies, then Edinburgh definitely has your back.

Here we take a look at 5 quality cinemas that you can find in this amazing city.

There really is something quite nostalgic about going for a night out at the movies, and Edinburgh’s cinematic scene provides film buffs with plenty to choose from – afternoon tea to boutique luxury to sofa service to art deco.

As you can see, the people of Edinburgh really are spoiled for choice when it comes to cinemas. Below we are going to take a closer look at the best cinemas in this amazing city. If you ever decide to pay Edinburgh a visit, then we highly recommend that you go watch one of the latest movies at one of these cinemas. 

The Scotsman Picturehouse

This is quite the new addition to Edinburgh’s cinema scene, and it is a boutique picture house that can be found at The Scotsman Hotel. The cinema comes with fantastic Edwardian cornice-work and has luxurious red velvet and leather sofas and armchairs that come equipped with their own table lamps.

They show a variety of the movies that include modern cult favourites, classic masterpieces, and curated cultural content. Furthermore, there is a special film package has been created that includes a tasty dinner in the Grand Cafe that specialises in Scottish cuisine.

It only has 48 seats though, so it is probably best to check their schedule and buy your tickets in advance to avoid any disappointment. 

Dominion Cinema 

This independent cinema can be found in Morningside. It first opened its doors back in January 1938 and it has been highly popular among locals ever since. The cinema was designed with an Art Deco style by the highly talented architect Thomas Bowhill Gibson.

No matter what your film taste is, they will have something to keep you highly entertained – they show films that are just out on Box Office as well as a variety of classics. Have you ever been to a cinema where you have your refreshments brought to you? Well, that is what you will experience at the Dominion Cinema – you just have to order your food and drinks at the bar, and it will be delivered to you on your extremely comfortable reclining chair. They even have big comfy sofas! All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the film. 

After you have enjoyed a fantastic film at this cinema, there is a very good chance that you will want to add some more entertainment to your day. If you happen to consider yourself to be a gambler, then you will be happy to find out that Edinburgh is home to a number of great land-based casinos and it will take you no time to get to one from the Dominion Cinema, or any other cinema that appears in this article. 

However, at this current moment in time, brick-and-mortar casinos and other entertainment sectors, including cinemas, are shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is not too much of an issue though, because thanks to a variety of great online casinos, you can entertain yourself from the comfort of your own home. 

Cameo Picture House

This cinema was built way back in 1914 and started out as the King’s Cinema. As you have probably guessed already from the date, this is one of the oldest cinemas in the country. If you are wondering what the oldest continuously operating cinema in the United Kingdom is, then it is The Phoenix in North London, as this has been showing films since 1910.

The Cameo Picture House originally had just the one screen, but two extra screens were added in the 80s and some restoration was done to restore it to its Edwardian grandeur. They show a variety of new releases as well as art house films, so we are sure you will find something on their schedule that interests you.


The Film House

This is Scotland’s leading cinema, and it celebrates world cinema in all its diversity and brilliance. It is also where the Edinburgh International Film Festival is held, and it shows more than 700 events and films every single year.

Alongside their three screens, they have a quaint cafe bar that offers customers a wide variety of fresh food (that includes award-winning vegan options) and a fine selection of wines and ales that you can take with you into the film. 


When it comes to 3D films, the Odeon is definitely the place to go to watch them in Edinburgh. They have four 3D screens where you can sit back, relax, and watch the action come straight towards you. Each of the four screens have access for wheelchair users, so anyone with a disability does not have to worry about being left out.

Furthermore, there are hard-of-hearing facilities and audio descriptions available at every seat for those who have trouble with their hearing.  They have a great offer on where for just £9.99 per month you can enjoy as many films as you like. When it comes to movies, they show all of the latest and best ones, so a good night out is all but guaranteed.

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