We are one of the only independent family run and owned cinemas in Scotland, serving the Edinburgh community for nearly 83 years.
When we closed our doors on the 17 March we had no idea so much time would pass before we were able to open again and welcome our lovely patrons back to the big screen experience.
We have met all our financial obligations but we still have many overheads of essential service contracts.
As many of you will know, using a crowd funding initiative was not something we ever thought we would have to do but as time goes on it has become clear that we need your help to survive this crisis.
Every time we prepare to open our doors again we receive the disappointing news that yet another exciting title is being delayed. We understand the reluctance of the distributors to release film titles in such uncertain times and we know that 2021 will be an exceptional year and we want to be part of it.
Whilst we wait for happier times we have been working on a schedule of classic films, event cinema such as Royal Opera House and Ballet favourites together with the limited but excellent selection of new films available to us.
Cinema has survived a world war, multiple recessions, the advent of TV, video, dvd and the rise of the multiplex and Netflix, we don’t want to have met our match with covid-19.
Creating the 'New Normal'
We have used this time to improve our facilities, made our screens safer for you, and we want you all to know and understand the steps we have taken to help ensure your safety. In particular, around social distancing. Here are just a few of the extra measures we will be taking:
- We will have a personal Meet & Greet service on arrival, with your tickets being checked & you will be directed to the screen.
- Enhanced cleaning procedures throughout the building. Chairs and tables will be cleaned and sanitised with antibacterial spray before and after every customer sitting.
- Our Bonds Bar Menu can now be viewed online with a QR code at your table. We are in the process of developing a online ordering system.
- Privacy Screens have been added between each sofa in our First Class Lounge, with extra tables.
We have been so grateful for the messages of support we have received throughout this difficult time and it is wonderful to know that we are in your thoughts.
We are making this request for support, to keep the heart of the Dominion Cinema beating, through these turbulent, uncertain times so that the Dominion will continue to provide the exceptional cinematic experience and service you know and love, in the future.
By purchasing one of our rewards you will be giving us the best possible chance of keeping the lights on at the Dominion.
Please help us by sharing the link to this page with your family and friends.
First Class Seating
Sit back and relax in our First Class Lounge. Now with added privacy screens between each reclining sofa and armchair.
Table service operates between 7pm - 7.45pm daily with the film beginning at 8pm.
Red Star Screen
Our Red Star screen is available for private screenings. We offer child, teen and adult packages and makes the perfect family outing, birthday or corporate event.
We love hearing all of our customers memories from their trips to 'The Dom'; so many first visits, first dates, special celebrations... and especially the fond memories of Derek Cameron, who is so integral to the success and survival of the business as it is today. Always front of house, always smiling and utterly committed to bringing the best and brightest of entertainment to the people of Edinburgh. His legacy continues today with the fourth generation.
Picture: Derek Cameron MBE
As the founder, Captain William Cameron MBE said on the opening night back in 1938, after welcoming the audience; "The policy of the cinema is maximum comfort, courtesy and to strive for and achieve the best possible service for our patrons."
Thank you for taking the time to read our page. We appreciate any donations given and want to continue to bring you quality entertainment in the most comfortable surroundings.
We look forward to being able to open our doors again and welcome all of our lovely, loyal patrons together with new faces, back to experience the magic of cinema once again.
Picture: Captain William Cameron built the cinema in just twelve weeks. The cinema opened on 31 January 1938.