Films, Ceilidhs, Theatre & Events at the Grassmarket Centre

Monday 17th December – 7.15pm FREE


Doors open 7pm

Film: Donkeyote

Certificate 15 ‧ 2017 ‧ Documentary ‧ 1h 26m

Last year’s EIFF Best Documentary Award winner, is a deceptively simple documentary following one man and his donkey, journeying westwards on the Trail of Tears in the US. Chico Pereira’s delightfully quirky and humane documentary road movie, is brimful of humour, heart and soul. It serves as an interesting addition to an outsider filmography about mythologies of the American west, that might also include films like Vanishing Point (1971), Kings of the Road (1976) and Stroszek (1977). Screening with support form the Scottish Documentary Institute. In Spanish with English subtitles.

*Christmas Eve Snuggle-In*

Monday 24th December – 7.15pm FREE

Doors open 7pm

Film: Swimming With Men

Certificate 12A ‧ 2018 ‧ Comedy‧ 1h 37m

The closing film of this year’s EIFF, this is a typically warm-hearted British ensemble comedy loosely based on the Swedish synchronised swimming team of the early mid-2000s. Rob Brydon heads a cast of British film and television talent, as Eric Scott, a man suffering a mid-life crisis, who begins to find a new meaning and purpose by participating in synchronised swimming. This crowd-pleasing comedy is the perfect way to kick-off your festive fun.

*Christmas Holidays Special*

Thursday 27th December – 10.30am FREE

Film: A Christmas Story

Dir: Bob Clark

Certificate PG ‧ 1983 ‧ Comedy / Family ‧ 1h 34m

The purveyor of great schlocky horror and teen sex comedies, Bob Clark, forever redefined his cinematic legacy with this perennial festive favourite about one boy’s quest to get his very own BB Gun. Capturing a time and a place so authentically, and with an unerring ear for the ways in which children make sense of the adult world around them, this is a Xmas film with a bit of spikiness mixed in with the saccharine sentimentality. No other modern Xmas tale has come up with so many original comic tropes as Bob Clark does here. This is the film that makes the likes of Scrooged and Bad Santa possible.

*Christmas Holidays Special*

Friday 28th December – 10.30am FREE

Film: Basil The Great Mouse Detective

Dir: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, Dave Michener, John Musker

Certificate U ‧ 1986 ‧ Family Adventure ‧ 1h 12m

We like to offer you something a little different here at the Grassmarket Community Picture House. Disney films are a staple of most festive film viewing, however, during the 1980s the studio wasn’t anywhere near as popular a fixture of the holiday period as it is now. The golden period of Disney family films had given way to a more awkward and unusual assortment of darker releases. As a result it is unlikely that many of you have seen this zoological variation on the Sherlock Holmes story, featuring the voice of Vincent Price. Ripe for rediscovery this is a real treat for young and old alike.

* Matinee of the Month *

Sunday 30th December – 2pm  – FREE

Film: Mildred Pierce

Certificate PG ‧ 1945 ‧ Drama ‧ 1h 41m

This year there has been a major retrospective of the films of Hollywood icon Joan Crawford, promoted by the BFI. This crime melodrama in which a mother tries to ensure justice is done in the investigation into the murder of her husband, was one of Crawford’s most formidable and striking roles, giving her ample opportunity to flex her considerable talents. If you have never seen a Crawford performance on the big screen before, then this is the perfect introduction.

Monday 31st December – 7.15pm – FREE

Doors open 7pm

Film: A Quiet Place

Dir: John Krasinski

Certificate 15 ‧ 2018 ‧ Drama / Horror ‧ 1h 30m

We see in 2019 with one of the surprise box-office hits of 2018. Actor John Krasinski struck cold with this exceptional high-concept horror drama, that gave a central role to deaf child star Millicent Simmonds. In a near-future world where an alien invasion has forced the population to prioritise silence in a bid to survive, one family struggles to bring a new life in to a dangerous world. Genuinely original and profoundly moving this does everything a horror movie should do. Predominately in Sign-language with English subtitles.