Know your cinemas
Niki Boyle takes you through the cities finest silver screen haunts
Here’s a fun cine-fact for you: Edinburgh has more cinema screens per person than any other city in the UK. Of course, somewhere like London’s gonna have more cinemas, but when you think of what a small city the capital is, and then think of the wealth of multiplexes and art house establishments that are dotted around, you realise that you’re actually quite spoilt for choice. The multiplexes have their own offers on to draw you in: both the Omni and Ocean Terminal Vue cinemas offer money-off coupons with every visit, while Cineworld at Fountainpark has the very attractive Unlimited pass for a monthly premium. The Cameo and Filmhouse are the city’s top-notch art-house locations, with special screenings and seasons all through the year. For something a bit special, head out to The Dominion in Morningside – leather sofas and reclining chairs for ultimate film-viewing comfort. You should also keep an eye out for Edinburgh’s ‘unofficial’ cinemas: Jekyll and Hyde, Banshee’s Labyrinth and the mighty Brass Monkey are all pubs that have back-room projectors, and in the case of Brass Monkey, there’s also a big massive mattress to stretch out on while you watch your favourite cult movies.
Beyond the obvious cinema establishments there are also a hive of fantastic multi-media events in both cities. In Glasgow, check out Cryptic Nights at the CCA, where musicians and writers regularly collaborate with filmmakers at their monthly events. Alternatively, head to the ever-burgeoning, and List favourite, Words Per Minute. Run by Glasgow-based writer-performers Anneliese Mackintosh and Kirstin Innes, this monthly spoken word, music, film and performance night is not to be missed. Lest we forget, the more general wonders of the Grosvenor Cinema on Ashton Lane. Both cities have major film festivals: the Edinburgh International Film Festival is, of course, the biggie, on a par with the Venice and Berlin festivals and attracting big name stars and film makers from around the globe every June. The Glasgow equivalent runs annually in February, and past attendees have included Kick Ass scribe Mark Millar and star Christopher ‘McLovin’ Mintz-Plasse, as well as Armando Iannucci, Kevin MacDonald and James Earl Jones.