The Cameo

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38 Home Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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The Cameo May 21, 2011
The Cameo is a cinema in Edinburgh, just outside the city centre towards where the students are. It is an Edinburgh institution, in the middle of a renovation.

It’s sort of an art house cinema. I say sort of – it basically has a policy of showing whatever they think is good. So that might be Run Lola Run, or something obscure in Persian, or it might be the latest Hollywood super hero

film. Totting up the films we’ve seen over the years in the Cameo, I think my fiancé and I are on about an even mix of high quality Hollywood, British Independent and Foreign Language.

The cinema screens are not large by modern standards, obviously, especially screen three. But they are comfortable and the sound quality is excellent. The

cinema itself has a sort of rumpled look – it is mid renovation, and there is obviously a bit of modernisation to do. But it is totally charming for all that. It also passes the “popcorn test.” Basically, there is a kind of art

house cinema that thinks you are there for the art, and bans things like popcorn in the cinema because it smells/rustles/looks common. These cinemas fail the

popcorn test – they have got pretentious. The Cameo cinema sells popcorn (in sweet and salty kinds), has two different ranges of premium ice cream, and lots of sweets for sale. This is a cinema that knows that you come to the cinema to be entertained, and makes the whole experience fun.

The Cameo bar is fantastic, too. Unlike the rather sad attempts at bars that some cinemas have installed, the Cameo Bar is somewhere you could enjoy coming for a drink even if you weren’t going to a film. With interesting art for sale all along the walls (including some genuinely disturbing cartoons at the time of writing…), nice lighting, and lots of seats, it is a really nice place to be. Also, they are more than happy to serve your beer in a plastic glass so you can take it into the cinema with you. Cinema is better with beer in a plastic glass and a large salty popcorn.

Edinburgh being Edinburgh, this place attracts everyone from backpackers and students to 80 year olds from the nearby posh suburbs. I think disabled access would be OK, although the main toilets are down some stairs so it might be an idea to phone ahead and check.
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