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Threatened cinema wins reprieve
The Cameo - picture courtesy of www.survivingcinemas.org.uk
Owners say the cinema will continue to champion independent films
Plans to sell Edinburgh's historic art house cinema, The Cameo, have been shelved by its owner, City Screen.

Attempts to change an auditorium into a multi-use venue were shelved late last year and The Cameo was put up for sale.

However, the cinema has been relaunched in its current three-screen format to coincide with the 20th anniversary of its Grand Reopening on 16 August, 1986.

Genni Poole, who led a campaign to save the cinema, urged people to "vote with their feet" and attend showings.

"The campaign is pleased that The Cameo's vulnerable state of limbo has been removed," she said.

"We very much hope that its operators will prove their commitment to the long-term future of this very special cinema.

"We urge people to choose The Cameo to see films, to ensure that its future is safeguarded amidst the fierce competition of the city's multiplexes."

The Cameo is the historic heart of cinema in Edinburgh and should remain that way for many years to come
Ian Hoey
The Cameo general manager

The cinema opened in 1914 as the King's Cinema and it was bought by Ms Poole's father, Jim Poole in 1949.

The cinema pioneer owned The Cameo until his retirement in the early 1980s, helping to establish it as a leading art house cinema.

City Screen said The Cameo would continue to champion independent cinema and it hoped to raise funds for a major refurbishment programme to improve Screen Two, the foyer and the toilets.

Ian Hoey, The Cameo's general manager, said staff had been working in an atmosphere of "great uncertainty".

He said: "It is a credit to the staff and the support of the public that it has performed consistently well in the midst of the highly competitive market of cinema exhibition in Edinburgh.

"The Cameo is the historic heart of cinema in Edinburgh and should remain that way for many years to come."


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