Declarations for Cinema from the Scala Beyond network
Summerhall is a brand new arts venue in Edinburgh presenting theatre, art, film, literature, fashion and education events this August during the festival.
Our approach to film programming is inspired by the fact that we’re not a cinema – we’re a 100-year old former veterinary school turned into an all-singing all-dancing arts venue. As a result we offer a different place to experience film than your local cinema.
Physically that’s in one of our three converted lecture theatres: the gorgeous wooden Victorian Anatomy Lecture Theatre, the cosy retro Red Lecture Theatre and the bright and breezy Cairns Lecture Theatre. Mentally it’s a space that allows for a collision of artistic disciplines and audiences, encouraging individuals to experiment with what they go and see.
We programme films that we love, that we find exciting, that are rarely screened and that exist on the shady boundaries of the medium. We like intriguing juxtapositions (see our season of double bills) that show films in a new light and we’re not afraid to show challenging, niche fare. We also like to partner up with local and international groups to bring new voices, opinions and outlooks into the mix.
Ultimately however we hope that watching a film at Summerhall might give rise to chance discussions with fellow film fans, unexpected inspiration and a whole lot of fun.
Summerhall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh | EH9 1PL.
For Scala Beyond, Summerhall will be hosting a Dr Strangelove/Cremator double-bill on Sunday 19 August 7pm, and KinoClub’s screening of Eyes without a Face in their Anatomy Theatre on Saturday 25 August 10.30pm.