The Hippodrome
The Hippodrome
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This fantastic pre-art deco picture palace was first opened in 1912. For decades it was the place to see the latest Hollywood and British blockbusters. It closed in the 1980’s after a short spell as a bingo hall. Now – thanks to a £2.1 million restoration project – the Hippodrome is open again, lovingly restored to its 1926 heyday. With a great program of blockbusters, art house and classic favorites, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
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Edisteve
Edinburgh, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
For the last ten years we have been attending the Silent Film Festival at the amazing pre Art Deco Hippodrome cinema in Bo’ness.

Being able to attend this amazing annual festival which celebrates early cinema with accompanying live music in the amazing refurbished cinema is a true honour.

Every March, we attend and are just wowed by the variety of films we see, ranging from comedy shorts featuring Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase etc, through to longer dramatic films such as ‘What Happened to Jones’, ‘The Man Who Laughed’, ‘Shooting Stars etc.

The Festival is a truly magical weekend for us, where we get to meet fellow cinema goers, many who have become friends, and the amazing organisers and volunteers.

This festival has opened our eyes to both the wonderful cinema, as well as the amazing town of Bo’ness in Falkirk District. We always try and visit the town a few times throughout the year too.
Written March 27, 2023
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Jen
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Apr 2023 • Friends
Had a very special birthday evening at the Hippodrome and it was the most wonderful night. The Hippodrome is a beautiful little cinema and everyone who works there makes you feel very special.
If you have not visited this cinema you are missing out on such a gem.
Thank you to all for such a memorable night.
Written April 6, 2023
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the world is not enough
Glasgow, UK88 contributions
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Mar 2022 • Friends
Have been coming to this fantastic venue for a few years for the Silent Film Festival. I love this place with its period architecture and friendly staff. A real gem which I suspect isn't well know beyond the local area
Written March 22, 2022
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Beth M
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Dec 2022 • Family
I Hired the cinema on Dec 2022, for a 40th birthday celebration. The team especially Debbie couldn’t have been more helpful, made the whole experience easy and enjoyable. My husband was delighted with the surprise our family and friends really enjoyed the experience
Written February 2, 2023
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Jackie B
Bo'ness, UK17 contributions
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Dec 2022 • Friends
Just had a wonderful family/friends singalong to Calamity Jane . Staff are 1st class and nothing is too much trouble for them. Bar was even open during the film. I hope this place remains open and many more people attend. It’s a superb venue and needs people to support it . Give it a try you will not be disappointed, trust me xX
Written December 16, 2022
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Julie H
Falkirk, Scotland, United Kingdom9 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
I urge you to visit the Hippodrome. Step back in time and go to see a film in a beautiful old proper cinema (none of your generic multiplex nonsense here) . I live fairly close, only a few miles down the road, so visit quite regularly. They show a wide variety of films from the big blockbusters to indie films to special screenings. It's family friendly with a range of drinks & snacks and the staff are always welcoming. Do yourself a favour and visit asap!
Written June 5, 2024
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Stimpy101
Bo'ness, UK7 contributions
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Aug 2011
The Hippodrome is how cinemas should be! it's such a great atmosphere to watch the films in. I mostly use it to take my son to see kids movies on a Saturday morning - he absolutely loves it and now refuses to go to the local multiplex as he much prefers The Hippodrome - he's even prepared to wait till a film gets there! I have also visited the Hippodrome at night with a friend and it's so civilized been able to have a beer while you watch the film!
Give it a try and I guarantee you'll love it too!
Written October 30, 2011
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Thanks for your review, we're delighted that you've enjoyed the Hippodrome experience.
Written November 1, 2011
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Stevieboy35
Edinburgh, UK27 contributions
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Feb 2011
I went to the Hippodrome to watch a move called dilemma, the movie was bad but the Hippodrome was excellent. I usually visit either Falkirk or Edinburgh to watch the movies but gave the Hippodrome a visit. We first went to Roberta's Bistro across the road which was lovely then to the Hippodrome. I for one won't be going to Falkirk to watch the cinema again as we have such a lovely place on our doorstep. There's even a bar so you have a drink and watch the movie, the seats are a bit tight but bearable, toilets clean and overall very very nice.
Written February 27, 2011
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MuzH
Calgary4 contributions
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Sep 2011 • Couples
After a triumphant restoration the oldest filmhouse in Scotland is now one of the newest, and the magic of cinema is back in Bo’ness!

The Hippodrome was built around 100 years ago, predating films as we know them today. It was designed to show silent moving pictures of townspeople filmed by a local entrepreneur. After that came the classics of the silver screen. Unfortunately years later it was left abandoned and derelict.

Visiting the theatre now is an amazing cinematic experience. As the name suggests the auditorium is circular and circus-like in its design. All the original workmanship has been retained whilst new projection and sound equipment have been installed. The result is a cinema of unparalleled atmosphere in the era of the multiplex.

The previous review described the Hippodrome as an excellent local venue. It is in fact an attraction of international importance and is by far the finest cinema in Scotland.

It was a long wait for restoration of this superb theatre, but just like all the greatest stars of cinema, it has endured. Highly recommended.
Written October 15, 2011
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kirsti b
bo'ness1 contribution
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Oct 2011
As a family, we have been using the Hippodrome reguarly since it opened. The staff are very friendly and courteous and actually know and care about what they are doing. I feel very safe allowing my children to go there on their own or with their friends. It is an intimate cinema with the red curtain over the screen that moves when the film is ready to be shown.

They have deals like "Jeely Jars" Saturdays which are available at 11am. You bring a clean jam jar with lid and get two tickets for the price of one. The jars are used at Calendar House so it is also very eco friendly.

The only negative is that you have to chose your seat carefully as some are quite cramped and there is no cup holder. However the seats themselves are comfortable.

The staff at the kiosk are very friendly, and it isn't anywhere near as expensive as the well known cinemas.

Although they don't show 3D films, to experience the Hippodrome is well worth the while.
Written November 2, 2011
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Thanks kirsti b, we're pleased that the Jeely Jar Specials are such a success (but please note everyone: not every week, we can't make that much jam at Callendar House!). We're delighted that your family all enjoy the venue.
Written November 4, 2011
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