Filmhouse Past & Present

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.

As well as our three screens, we have a comfortable cafe bar, offering a wide range of freshly-prepared food, including vegetarian and award-winning vegan options, and a great selection of ales and wines. Drinks can be taken into the cinemas, just ask for a plastic glass!


Filmhouse has recently branched out into the world of video on demand, with a range of specially selected films available via the Filmhouse Player, and film distribution, with our first release, Alexey Balabanov's pitch-black comedy/drama The Stoker opening in cinemas nationwide on 17 May.

Since its inception Filmhouse has been the home of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and has been host to many fantastic screenings and events as part of the festival. The two organisations have always worked closely together, and this arrangement was formalised in 2009 with the formation of the Centre for the Moving Image (CMI), a registered charity which incorporates Filmhouse, EIFF and Edinburgh Film Guild.

Filmhouse receives funding from Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council and Europa Cinemas.



Filmhouse is a trading name of Centre for the Moving Image, a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No. SC067087.
Registered office, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ.
Scottish Charity No. SC006793
VAT Reg. No. 328 6585 24

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Filmhouse Members enjoy a variety of benefits, including £1.50 off every ticket, special offers, invitations to special Members' events - and the satisfication of directly helping Filmhouse, a registered charity. Find out more about the Filmhouse Membership


There are also plenty of other ways in which you can support the work of Filmhouse, either as an indivdual or a company. Find out more about supporting Filmhouse.
Filmhouse is a registered charity, Scottish Charity No. SC006793

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