Student Venues: Cinemas

The cinemas to check out, and the deals to be had at each of them...

Article by Nadia Younes and Peter Simpson | 11 Sep 2018

38 Home St, Edinburgh
Art Deco and intimate, the historic Cameo makes going to the cinema feel like a real treat again. They screen everything from the mainstream to the obscure and even host sleepover film nights and live events. A £20 yearly student membership gets you two free tickets, money off every time you come in, 25% off food and drink (the bar is lovely, by the way), and a host of other benefits. For the less-committed among you, Cameo is home to the E4 Slackers Club, hosting free monthly preview screenings of new movies exclusively for you lot – head in with your student card to sign up for free.

18 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh
The Dominion Cinema is a historic family-owned cinema offering all the latest releases with a touch of old-style class. It's a cinema in Morningside, so of course it's swanky AF, but in this case, that's a good thing as it means comfy chairs and free crisps. Ideal for a date night, or if you just want to watch a film on a real sofa and not one of those horrible rectangles of fireproof foam you've been lumbered with in your halls of residence.

88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh
Indie cinema Filmhouse skims the cream of everything from arthouse to home-grown indies (and the weird stuff between). Student membership of the Filmhouse is A FIVER and gets you money off all your tickets, a first crack at Edinburgh Film Festival tickets, money off in the bar, and a whole load of other stuff. So yeah, grab a pint and a comically cheap student ticket (£4.50 if you go down on a Friday afternoon), and watch the kind of films that will make people think you're all intellectual and that.

Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose St, Glasgow
With a fair bit more charm than your average cinema, GFT’s famed for its Art Deco design and old-timey ambience. Part of Glasgow’s cultural scene since 1939, it acts as the hub of the annual Glasgow Film Festival, and is the place to catch classic screenings, one-offs, and arthouse (read: actually good) new releases. While GFT do offer student tickets, the real game-changer is their 15-25 Card, which gets you in for £5.50 (ie, near-enough half-price) if you are under 25, as well as acting as a loyalty card. Pop into the GFT for an application form and they'll get you sorted.

Grosvenor Cinema
24 Ashton Ln, Glasgow
Throwback movies and a good selection of new films, plus the occasional one-off or all-dayer make this an interesting place to get caught up on all things Hollywood. The student-friendly location on the quaint Ashton Lane doesn't hurt either.