• New Town Community Cinema
  • Bellany Exhibition at Holyrood
  • Where to watch the Super Bowl in Edinburgh
  • New restaurant at Straiton Park
  • Scottish Opera bring FEVER! to Edinburgh Schools

The New Town Community Cinema will show The Illusionist next week on 29 January at 19.30.

The Barony Street building at number 33 used to be home to the Glasites as a place of worship, so you are reminded that it can be a good idea to take a cushion with you even though the pews are padded.

It is a particularly appropriate film to show here as the Barony Bar is featured in the delicately drawn scenes of Edinburgh. Even if you have seen it before it is well worth repeat viewing.

Any proceeds from the films shown will be contributed to the charity the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust to help save buildings for local communities.

Do be sure to admire the Georgian glass cupola above you!

Tickets here.


Mrs Helen Bellany and the Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP

A new exhibition has just opened at The Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood featuring art by John Bellany which highlights the work of Dr Elsie Inglis and the Scottish Women’s Hospitals. This is an exhibition well worth seeing. It is free but it is important in telling a story little talked about till now.

To accompany the exhibition there is a whole programme of events ranging from screenings of War Horse to talks about Dr Elsie Inglis and a gore make-up workshop all taking place at Holyrood. The full listing is here.

The Edinburgh Reporter interviewed the Presiding Officer and Mrs Helen Bellany at the launch event earlier in the week:

The Edinburgh Reporter News from Phyllis Stephen on Vimeo.


If you are interested in watching the Big Game that is the Super Bowl final then you can book your table at Hard Rock.

Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh will stay open extra-late for American football fans to enjoy the sporting spectacle that is the Super Bowl. This year, the Big Game is set to take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California – home of the San Francisco 49ers. Fans at Hard Rock’s Big Game Viewing Party can enjoy a special three-course menu available for one night only, as Hard Rock’s big-screen TVs project the game around the Cafe.

For £26.25 per person, customers will get a reserved seat with a fantastic view of the Big Game and a special three-course menu. The Big Game Viewing Party at Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh will kick off at 9pm and is guaranteed to bring all the excitement of the Super Bowl straight to the Cafe.

For more information, visit www.HardRock.com/Edinburgh


A new restaurant opened yesterday at Straiton Park.

Not entirely new to Edinburgh, but the latest one in the chain of Nando’s in the capital it will add to the diversity of eating places on offer in the shopping park in the east of the city.


Several primary schools in Edinburgh will welcome performers and arts education specialists from Scottish Opera over the next few weeks to rehearse and perform (in full costume!) the musical FEVER! for parents and friends.

This opera has been created specially for those in Primary 5-7 and the story unfolds about a young boy who is struck down with a mystery disease.

Scottish Opera’s Director of Outreach and Education, Jane Davidson said: “Our annual Primary Schools Tour is one of the longest established programmes at Scottish Opera – every year around 10,000 children see or take part in these performances.

“This year, we have brought back the ever-popular FEVER!, a production that gives pupils not just the chance to perform, but also to learn more about the process of putting an opera or theatre performance together. We aim to give students the chance to explore their creativity, build confidence, develop new skills and most of all have a great time doing all of that.”

If your school is one of those taking part then do send us photos of your performances!


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