Category Archives: Cinema


April: Star Trek Into Darkness

Cinema weekend in April take place on Saturday 26th April when we are going Sci-fi with Star Trek Into Darkness . When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Tickets will be made available from Tuesday 1st April.

Saturday 26th April

  • Star Trek Into Darkness CERT 12 – screening at 7.30pm until 9.45pm, Ogston Hall Eventbrite - Star Trek – Into Darkness ticket

Alternatively you can collect tickets from the Mill Cafe or Balerno Post Office – these offline tickets will be available from Saturday 1st April.

Balerno Village Screen is a community cinema – free to attend – funded by donations.

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. 

Tickets for 10/11 May now available

warhorseIn may we will be screening 5 films over the weekend of Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of May. Please follow the links below to reserve tickets or you can also pick up tickets from the Post Office or the Mill Cafe. Friday 10th May – a fundraiser for Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled:

  • War Horse screening at 7pm, CERT 12A – tickets fully subscribed but follow link to be added to the waiting list Eventbrite - War Horse 7pm

Saturday 11th May:

  • Despicable Me screening at 10am CERT PG Eventbrite -  Despicable Me 10am
  • Some Like It Hot screening at 12.30pm, CERT NC Eventbrite - Some Like It Hot 1pm
  • Singing in the Rain screening at 3pm, CERT NC Eventbrite - Singing in the Rain 3pm (sponsored by Harlaw Hydro)
  • The Odd Couple screening at 7pm, CERT NC Eventbrite - The Odd Couple 7pm

Our screenings are free to attend – we are funded by donations. If you can no longer attend or are unable to get a ticket, please see our tickets page for more information on how to cancel your tickets or be added to our ticket waiting list.

Argo weekend

Another sunny Saturday in Balerno and the BVS kicked off with our matinee A Monster In Paris on our super duper computer assisted projector funded by the City of Edinburgh Council. A full house of children and parents gave a hundred per cent attention to this interesting animated musical.


Next up our very discerning four o’clock audience showed up in force for the tense thriller Argo (our first ever 15 rated movie). This film had some words that were not swear words but the cosmopolitan citizens of Balerno took this in their stride and gave the movie the thumbs up.

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A Monster in Paris and Argo tickets available

On Saturday 6th April we will be screening A Monster in Paris and Argo. Please follow the buttons below to book your tickets or collect them from the Mill Cafe or Balerno Post Office.

  • A Monster in Paris screening at 10.30am CERT U – online tickets sold out – please try the Mill Cafe or Balerno Post Office.
  • Argo screening at 4pm, CERT 15 Eventbrite - Argo 4pm 
  • Argo screening at 7pm, CERT 15  Eventbrite - Argo - 7pm.

Please note that Argo is Cert 15 and only those 15 years and older will be admitted into the screening. Rated R for language and some violent images.

Tickets can also be collected from the Mill Cafe or from Balerno Post Office.

Doors open 30 minutes in advance. If you can no longer attend or are unable to get a ticket, please see our tickets page for more information.

Balerno Village Screen mentioned at the Scottish Parliament

We have to confess we didn’t see this one coming. On Thursday last week Motion S4M-05863 in the Scottish Parliament (yes the Scottish Parliament!!!) said:

‘That the Parliament congratulates Balerno Village Screen, the latest addition to Scotland’s cinema scene; understands that the community cinema is operated by local volunteers and, as a result of donations, is able to offer free admission; notes that, since its opening screening in the old parish church hall on 2 February 2013, it has played to record crowds, and wishes this new community venture every success in the future’.

Motion raised by local MSP Gordon MacDonald.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Alison Johnstone, Aileen McLeod, Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, David Torrance, Roderick Campbell, Adam Ingram, Bob Doris, George Adam, Colin Keir, Maureen Watt, Jean Urquhart, Gil Paterson, Angus MacDonald, Nigel Don, Sandra White, Colin Beattie, Fiona McLeod, Kevin Stewart, Clare Adamson

You can also read it on the Scottish Parliament website.

April feature – Argo

Having just won the best picture gong at the 2013 Academy Awards we thought Argo would be a good choice for April. Based on real events, the dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis, focusing on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event. (C) Official Site.

Please be aware that Argo is a 15 certification and that those attending MUST be 15 and above. Argo is screening at 4pm and 7pm on Saturday 6th April (doors open 30 minutes in advance). Tickets will be made available on Tuesday 12th March on the website or for pick up from the Mill Cafe or the Post Office.

Skyfall weekend in review

Skyfall weekend saw the rugged and attractive members of the Balerno Village Screen committee busy ensuring the five separate screenings were an enormous success with over 400 villagers enjoying the Village Screen experience.

Ogston blinds

Behind the scenes major developments were accomplished on sound, screen, blackout curtains and blinds.   A massive thank you to David Baillie (decorator), Al Murray scaffold and blind painter supreme, Smithy and Jonathan on the sound system and Jen Jacques for curtain wizardry.  Singling people out is of course iniquitous as the entire committee worked their socks off to make the weekend such a huge success.

hall backStarting on Friday night we squeezed in an extra showing of Skyfall for those who hadn’t picked up tickets.  This show had an age range from three to eighty three and proved very popular, despite the tight timescale for the extra show.  Next up we put on Brave as a Saturday matinee for children, families and the young at heart.

The sound was so powerful that the bears seemed real.  The picture quality was also top notch.  By this time of course everyone was being filmed by Media Co-op who were making a feature of our cinema for Scotmid (our biggest funder). Another great show with almost no popcorn spilt and absolutely no children lost in our tremendous blackout curtain arrangement.Aston Martin filming

Upwards and onwards the 4pm showing of Skyfall in the Ogston Hall was standing room only with everything going off without a hitch.  Then following a tight turnaround we managed to screen Skyfall in the Ogston and St Joseph’s complete with Aston Martin donated for one night only by Murray Motors, laser and smoke machine from Lindsey Middleton, red carpet from Apex International Hotel and a huge amount of generosity and goodwill from the people of Balerno.

What a fabulous weekend, thanks to everyone for their support. See you next month for Argo (best film at this year’s Oscars) – tickets will be made available soon…..

Martin Gemmell, Chair of Committee