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Cameo cinema celebrates 100th birthday

posted 7 Jan 2014, 06:29 by Tollcross Junction   [ updated 7 Jan 2014, 06:35 ]

Lights, cameras and, most importantly, breathtaking action in the form of flickering black-and-white images that would turn a tiny corner of Edinburgh into another world . . .

When the doors opened to a picture house in Home Street 100 years ago tomorrow, the curtain went up on a world of romance and high drama, one in which film fans could be scared out of their seats, quietly weep or laugh uproariously as the magic of moving pictures took them to places they could barely have dreamed of.

Then known as the King’s, it would be reborn as the Cameo. And apart from that name change and a few vital modern touches – including today’s three dimensional screen showing images which no doubt would have left the pre-First World War audiences bewildered – not much has really changed since those early film fans settled down beneath the ornate plaster ceiling for a couple of hours
of escapism.