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It's cold in Edinburgh these days. The wind is sharp against your face, but here and there around the city, there is respite from the rain and the early sunsets. The Cameo cinema in Tollcross is one such place, tucked away at the foot of Bruntsfield Place. It is a warm and welcome distraction from the advance of winter.
A handsomely restored foyer leads off to a comfortable bar area, perfect for a rendezvous with friends before the feature begins, or a frame-by-frame analysis afterwards. Cameo's three theatres range in size; two small and intimate rooms replete with red-velvet couches among the usual seats, and one more grand space. In here, comfortable seats recline effortlessly, and every viewer is given ample leg room - a normally rationed commodity in modern cinemas.
The Cameo is competitively priced - especially for members, who receive discounts, priority bookings, and free tickets on birthdays and other holidays. The film selection is a great balance of the latest releases - both Hollywood and indie - as well as regular screenings of cult and silver screen classics. The variety might just coax inquisitive customers to watch something outside their ordinary tastes.
The Cameo really is a warm jewel in Scotland's frosty capital, which offers escapism and intrigue in an industry all-too-dominated by 3D mega-cinema-plex giants who have no regard for the ritual of cinema-going. Give it a try, you might just find you love it.