The best cinemas in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Where to watch films in Edinburgh and Glasgow

The Cameo cinema

Bars, galleries and festivals provide additional arenas for watching movies

The List’s editor Gail Tolley grabs her popcorn and cherry-picks the finest places to catch the very best of the silver screen

Both Glasgow and Edinburgh have their fair share of multiplexes, which aren’t hard to hunt down, but if you’re looking for a more intimate experience we suggest you check out the independents. In Edinburgh that’s the Filmhouse and Cameo (once described by Quentin Tarantino as his favourite cinema) and in Glasgow that’s the Glasgow Film Theatre and the West End’s cosy Grosvenor (nestled in Ashton Lane).

In Edinburgh look out for film nights from surreal cinema collective KinoKlub and lovers of projectors and gramophones, Screen Bandita. In Glasgow don’t miss events by 85A, who create mind-bending, immersive cinema experiences. Keep an eye too on the following venues, which often put on one-off screenings: art centres Tramway and CCA and bar/café Stereo in Glasgow and in Edinburgh, Stills gallery, Banshee Labyrinth and the Brass Monkey pubs. 

And that’s all before we’ve even mentioned the film festivals. Don’t believe the rumours that the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) are rivals – they complement each other perfectly. EIFF is the world’s oldest continually running film festival and takes place in June each year. It’s a smart, cutting-edge event with a strong international outlook and a must for cinephiles. Younger and trendier GFF takes place each February and marches to a slightly different beat. The stars visiting might not be quite as A-List as at Edinburgh’s but you’re more likely to be able to chat to them in the bar after.