Scotsman Hotel to open boutique cinema

Published: 13 August 2019

The curtain is to rise on Scotland’s newest picture house, in a disused room in the title’s former headquarters on North Bridge, which is now a hotel.

The boutique, 48-seat Scotsman Picturehouse features ornate Edwardian cornice-work, wood panelling and bespoke red leather and velvet armchairs and sofas, each lit by table lamps.

The Scotsman Picturehouse will appeal to people who want more from a cinema experience...

Mike Wiles, Operations Manager , Cinema Division of G1


The Scotsman picturehouse will screen classic masterpieces, latest releases, modern cult favourites and curated cultural content such as ballets and operas.

Pete Johnson, from the Indy Cinema Group, said: “We have seen immersive cinema experiences, such as the Secret Cinema in London and Tivoli cinema in Bath, grow in popularity. This brings that trend to Scotland’s capital. They appeal to young professionals who want a more luxurious cinema experience and are prepared to pay a little extra for it."

Film lovers will be able to combine their favourite movie with afternoon tea or enjoy specially paired movie menus at The Scotsman’s Grand Café.

Plasterers and joiners spent 16 weeks creating the kind of decorative finishes which would have been seen in picturehouses during the last century, around the time of the building’s heyday when it was the home of The Scotsman newspaper and Edinburgh Evening News.

Whilst nodding to the past, the Picturehouse also features modern day USB ports and power sockets. Mike Wiles, operations Manager from the cinema division of G1, said: “Whether you want to combine a movie with brunch or afternoon tea, bring your clients to a bespoke corporate screening or enjoy the best seats in the house at an opera, this beautiful venue is offers something stylish..."

Full story via Edinburgh Evening News


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