Visit the film locations of One Day and Trainspotting on a walking tour of central Edinburgh brought to you by Cinematic Scotland and the National Library of Scotland. The full tour is about 3 miles and takes about two and half hours – at strolling pace – you don’t have to run full pelt like Ewan MacGregor. You can join the tour, which also points out interesting cinema buildings, at any point on the loop. And, until 28 October, more cinematic history is on show at The National Library: Going to the Pictures an exhibition dedicated to the story of Scottish cinema over the last 120 years. It features film posters, cinema adverts and trailers, movie magazines and of course film footage. Admission is free.
As part of Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day on 23 September, The Edinburgh Filmhouse is hosting projection tours and a talk by the Scottish Cinemas and Theatres Project about cinemas that are, were and might have been. The talk will cover purpose-built cinemas, converted roller rinks, ‘back court’ theatres and art deco theatre palaces. The tours are every half hour from 10am and the talk is at 11.30am. Both events are free. Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day is run by the Cockburn Association.