Your pick of the city’s nights out.
• FILM Paranorman 3D (PG). Four-star rated movie, that is also scrrening in 3D. “What’s happening?” Grandma (voiced by Elaine Stritch) asks Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as he stares at a zombie tucking into the brains of a hapless female victim on the TV screen. “He’s eating her head,” replies the boy nonchalantly. “He’s going to ruin his dinner,” notes the old dear, one of the earthbound spirits that appear to Norman but remain invisible to the lad’s parents Perry (Jeff Garlin) and Sandra (Leslie Mann), and his sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick). A surprise visit from deranged uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) casts a dark cloud over the sleepy New England town of Blithe Hollow. “The witch’s curse is real and you’re the only one who can stop it!” Prenderghast instructs Norman, who discovers that his supernatural abilities have been passed down from his dotty relative. General release, various cinemas, times and prices
• COMEDY: Best of Scottish Comedy. A carload of simply the best comics on the contemporary Scottish circuit. At least four acts on every bill with seasoned headliners joining newer kids on the comedy block each month. With John Gillick, Antony Murray, Richard Melvin and host Susan Morrison. The Stand, York Place, 8.30pm, £6 (£5), 0131-558 7272
• THEATRE: The Phantom of the Opera. Cameron Mackintosh presents a spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. The Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, 7.30pm, £19.50–£56, 0844-871 3014
• THEATRE: I Dreamed A Dream. Leading an outstanding cast and orchestra and taking on the lead role of Susan Boyle is Elaine C Smith, and playing several roles alongside Elaine is Edinburgh pantomime favourite Andy Gray. Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Nicolson Street, 7.30pm, £15–£39.50 (£12–£36.50), 0131-529 6000
• MUSIC: King Creosote. Founder of the Fence Records, with support from The Last Battle. Dalkeith Arts Centre, Dalkeith, 8pm, £10, 0131-663 6986