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Balerno Music Festival

Preparations for the SEVENTH Balerno Music Festival are well underway and there will be a wide variety of musical events coming to the village this autumn. As part of the festival, Balerno Village Screen will be screening Good Vibrations.

The film is a vibrant, hilarious and inspirational biopic of Terri Hooley, Belfast’s “Godfather of Punk,” whose upstart record shop and music label Good Vibrations became the hub of the city’s nascent ’70s punk scene and a voice of resistance to the sectarian violence of the Troubles.

Friday 3rd Oct

  • As part of the Balerno Music Festival: Good Vibrations,  7.30pm – 9.15pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - Good Vibrations

This year’s Festival starts on Wednesday 24th September and continues through the first two weekends of October.   To find out more about what’s on please visit the Balerno Music Festival website for more information.



Animation Workshops – a few places left

animationworkshopBalerno Village Screen is organising 3D animation workshops for budding young animators. The workshops are being delivered by award-winning animation specialists Red Kite and will take place on Saturday 30th August and Saturday 6th September 2014.

The August sessions are fully booked but there are still some places left for September. For full details and to book a place please visit our Animation Workshops page 2014.


Last cinema weekend before summer

This weekend coming will be our final screening weekend of the summer so if you would like to join us we’d love to see you.

Friday night gets us underway with the documentary Big River Man which follows Martin Strel and his insane attempt to be the first person to swim the entire length of the world’s most dangerous river, the mighty Amazon.

Friday 13th June:

  • Big River Man- screening at 7.30pm Eventbrite - Big River Man – doors open 30 minutes in advance.

And on Saturday night we have Captain Phillips staring Tom Hanks – the story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.

Saturday 14th June:

  • Captain Phillips– screening at 7.30pm Eventbrite - Captain Phillips – doors open 30 minutes in advance.

Before that on Saturday afternoon we have the charming Finding Nemo. 

Saturday 14th June:

  • Finding Nemo CERT U – screening at 2pm Eventbrite - Finding Nemo – doors open 15 minutes in advance.

See you at the weekend.


BVS Kidscreen

We are delighted to release the new logo which we will be using for our upcoming films for children and young people.

A huge thank you to all the pupils and teachers of Dean Park Primary P5 (and class teacher Miss Douglas) for taking part in the competition to design the logo. We were overwhelmed by the quality of design, which made the decision-making very difficult!

We looked in detail at the designs and found examples of excellent drawing, super use of colour, novel and quirky design ideas – and bucket loads of creativity and innovation. The pupils should ALL be very proud of their efforts.

So……. onto the winner. Although there were many favourites from the selection of designs, our decision was made based on how we would be using the logo (for example how it would look on our website), and in the end we went for a logo which was simple, bold, fitted well with our own BVS logo – and was a very strong design. But our favourite name was a different entrant, so we have decided to combine the 2 ideas into one. We are thrilled with the result.

The logo image was designed by Hannah Roberts

The name ‘kidscreen’ was designed by Sarah Simpson

Many thanks to Hannah and Sarah.

The new logo is below. We hope you like it.



January: Invictus, The Intouchables and Despicable Me 2

invictus3Happy New Year everyone. The cinema returns this month over the weekend of 17th & 18th of January. We will start on the Friday night with Invictus – Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup (this is a fundraiser for Currie Rugby Club

Following the popularity of Despicable Me last year, we will be screening Despicable Me 2 on Saturday Morning. Now turned ex-supervillain, Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.

And on Saturday night we have the delightful French comedy-drama The Intouchables. In Paris, the aristocratic and intellectual Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer. Out of the blue, the rude African Driss cuts the line of candidates and brings a document from the Social Security and asks Phillipe to sign it to prove that he is seeking a job position so he can receive his unemployment benefit. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience helping him. Then Driss can decide whether he would like to stay with him or not. Driss accepts the challenge and moves to the mansion, changing the boring life of Phillipe and his employees.

Please follow the links below to reserve your tickets.

  • Invictus CERT 12A – screening Friday 17 January at 7.30pm finishes 9.45pm Eventbrite - Invictus  (doors open 30 minutes in advance)
  • Despicable Me 2 CERT U screening Saturday 18 January at 10.30am finishes 12.00 Eventbrite - Despicable Me 2 (doors open 15 minutes in advance)
  • The Intouchables CERT 15 (in French with English subtitles) – screening Saturday 18 January at 7.30pm finishes 9.20pm  Eventbrite - The Intouchables(doors open 30 minutes in advance)

Alternatively you can collect tickets from the Mill Cafe or Balerno Post Office – these offline tickets will be available on Monday 6th January.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Janapar – Love on a Bike

janapar-ogp-imageBefore we break for the summer, our final screening of our first season will be the brilliant Janapar – Love on a Bike screening at 7.30pm on Sunday 23rd June.

This amazing true story follows Tom Allen on his 13,000 mile trip in which he meets and falls in love with a beautiful Armenian-Iranian girl.  He persuades her to join him on his cycle marathon and Janapar – the Armenian word for “journey” – is a reminder of how a bicycle can be a means of escape.

It’s a combination of amazing adventure and inspiring love story.  The film was premiered at the Raindance Festival in London and is now showing at venues around the UK.  And in this Balerno Village Screen special screening you will get the chance to meet the bicycle man himself Tom Allen in a question and answer session that follows the film.

A fantastic Sunday evening viewing right on your doorstep.

Balerno Village Screen is a free community cinema funded by donations. We are incurring additional costs on this screening so please provide a donation at the screening to help us cover our costs. The film is being screened in association with the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling.

All tickets are fully subscribed so far but we are reallocating any cancelled tickets to those on the waiting list. If you do have a ticket and can no longer attend please return it and we will do our best to reallocate it. For more information about tickets please visit our tickets page. 

June Cinema Saturday

It is the last Cinema Saturday of our first season. We start today at 4.30pm with the brilliant animation The Illusionist and then at 7.30pm screen Life of Pi. Doors open 30 minutes in advance.

We have some spare capacity for the earlier film so if you don’t have a ticket and would like to see it please just come down and we should be able to find you a seat. Life of Pi is fully subscribed so we don’t expect to have any spare capacity unless there are late cancellations or no shows. If you do come down without a ticket we will try and accommodate but will be constrained by our seating capacity.

Enjoy the day and we look forward to seeing you later. If you need a ticket, where available they can be reserved via our online booking page.

Introducing ‘Norman’

It’s amazing what pops out of the woodwork when you open a community cinema in Balerno. For all of those fans of film shorts, we have a bit of a treat for you in advance of our screening of ‘The Odd Couple’. Local amateur film producer Craig Henderson has offered us the opportunity to screen ‘Norman’ – a light-hearted comedy about a romantic fantasist – it really is rather good.  Continue reading