Our Story

Originally opened as the King's Cinema on 8 January 1914, The Cameo is one of the oldest cinemas in Scotland. The original screen was mirrored – the first of its kind in Scotland – and there were 673 seats in an auditorium showing silent films with orchestral accompaniment. In 1930 the cinema was fitted for sound.  It was refurbished in 1949, when it was renamed The Cameo, and it quickly established a reputation for screening art-house films and became part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival circuit. 

In the mid-1980s two extra screens were added and the original main auditorium was restored to its full Edwardian splendour. In more recent years the bar was extended and transformed. Today The Cameo enjoys a reputation as one of Edinburgh's little gems and is a warm and welcoming home for cinemagoers and cineastes.

The Cameo
38 Home Street

Opening Times

The cinema will open at least 15 minutes before the start of the first film each day.

Ticket Prices

Evenings, Weekends & Bank Holidays

Films starting from 17.00 onwards on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and all day on Saturday & Sunday.

Adult    £12.40 

Member    £9.40 

Retired    £11.40 

Retired Member    £8.40 

Student    £11.40 

Student Member    £8.40 

Child    £7.90 

Family*    £31.60 

(four people, including at least two children)


Films starting before 17.00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 

Adult    £10.60 

Member    £7.60 

Retired    £9.60 

Retired Member    £6.60 

Student    £9.60 

Student Member    £6.60 

Child    £7.10 

Family*    £28.40 

(four people, including at least two children)

Happy Mondays

All day on Monday (excluding  bank holidays)

Adult    £7.90 

Member    £4.90 

Retired    £7.90 

Retired Member    £4.90 

Student    £7.90 

Student Member    £4.90 

Child    £5.90

Family*    £23.60 

(four people, including at least two children)

We add a 70p booking fee per ticket (excluding tickets for Picturehouse Members) to bookings made online or over the phone. This fee doesn't apply to tickets you buy in person at the cinema. 3D films cost £1.30 extra per person, not including 3D glasses (you can buy these at the cinema for an extra 70p, or bring your own).

*Family tickets are for four people, at least two of whom must be under 15. Not applicable to premium-priced screenings.

Have a question about our prices? We might have the answer in our FAQs.

Clubs & Groups

Big Scream   Regular ticket prices apply
The Big Scream club is for parents and guardians with babies under one year old. The Big Scream at Cameo takes place on Thursdays at 11.00. Babies go free. Adults are only admitted if accompanying a baby.

Kids Club   Tickets are £3 for all
For children and their parents or carers. Unaccompanied adults will not be permitted. Adults are only admitted if accompanying a child.

Toddler Time   Tickets are £3 for children, free for accompanying adults.
Join us on Mondays at 11.00 for 30 minutes of episodes for preschool children and their parents and carers. A great way to introduce your toddler to the experience of the cinema! Adults are only admitted if accompanying a child.

Autism-Friendly   Tickets are £3 for all
Our Autism-Friendly screenings are open to all but cater especially for people living with autism.

Dementia-Friendly   Tickets are £4 for all
Our Dementia-Friendly screenings are open to all but cater especially for people living with dementia. Free tea/coffee and biscuits are served before the film, and there's also a short interval. Click here for upcoming screenings.

Discover / Rediscover   Tickets only £5 for Members (£8 general admission)
New and classic films on the big screen where they belong.

Wednesday Specials   Retired / Student £4
Discounted tickets on the first shows of the day every Wednesday/

Silver Screen   £7
Silver Screen is a free-to-join club for the over-60s. Enjoy discounted tickets and a free tea or filter coffee at Silver Screen shows. Silver Screen runs Tuesdays before 17.00. Non-members are welcome - the usual ticket prices apply.

Screen Arts   Ticket prices vary
Bringing world-class productions of theatre, ballet, opera and live music to the big screen.


Travel Information

By Bus

The following bus routes run close to the cinema: 7, N16, N11, 23, 45, 36, 16, X15, 15, 11, 10.

By Train

The nearest stations are Haymarket (15-minute walk) and Waverley (30-minutes).

By Bike

Don't forget to plan your cycle route.

By Car

For parking information please visit the Edinburgh City Council website.

Cameo Gallery

Cameo Gallery