Film Preview: Cameo Cinema 60th Anniversary, 7 – 8 March

1 Mar

Cameo Cinema

With Sean Connery, Orson Welles, Cary Grant, Clint Eastwood, Quentin Tarantino and Bruce Campbell just some of the guests to have passed through its doors, Edinburgh’s Cameo cinema has been an important part of the city’s film heritage for a while now, 60 years this coming Saturday to be precise.

Although it opened back in 1914 as the King’s Cinema, it was in 1949 that Jim Poole took over as manager and renamed the Cameo, art house and continental films becoming a mainstay for regulars.

After various upgrades, threats of closure, actual closure and competition from numerous other cinemas in town, the Cameo is still going strong, and celebrates on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March with two very special events.

Saturday will see a screening of two Buster Keaton films, Our Hospitality and Sherlock Jr, both accompanied by live musicians.

Sunday will then see them screen an archive print of La Symphonie Pastoral, the very first film screened by the Cameo in 1949. The film tells of a minister who falls in love with a blind young woman he sheltered, but so does his son.

Sounds like a great way to celebrate, particularly the Keaton double, and I’d urge everyone who can make it along to do so – here’s to the Cameo’s next 60 years!

Visit the Cameo website for more information.

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