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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Sau89
Guildford, UK29 contributions
Sep 2021
Potentially a difficult place to get to, but well worth the trip. The local architecture in Bo'ness is fascinating which is topped off by this cinema which is the oldest purpose built cinema venue in Scotland (and has been voted the best cinema in Scotland in the last couple of years). Amazing interior which is worth seeing as much as any film being shown. Although the film schedule isn't as comprehensive as newer cinemas, our visit purposely coincided with a film (The Last Bus) which gave us a more relaxed and pleasant cinema experience. The staff were really friendly, the prices on snacks and drinks are cheaper than the major cinemas and they even serve alcohol! It's a great experience, even if you're not a regular movie goer.
Written September 27, 2021
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Hugh H
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Jun 2022
On the 7th June 2022, about 80, 80 (or thereby) year olds gathered for a viewing of a couple of Golden Oldies films, Whisky Galore and Dr Zhivago, for an 80th Birthday treat, including lunch.
They all loved the whole experience; many coming to Bo’Ness for the first time in their lives, learning about the whole place and its history, enjoying the films, the refreshments and marvelling at the Cinema House.
The Hippodrome staff couldn’t have been more enthusiastic, supportive, competent, professional and fun, adding their own little twists to the whole performance, making it unique for everyone there.
I can’t recommend the people and the place more, however hard I might try. The experience of having friends join one for a viewing of special films (all organised by the Hippodrome) was a joy.
Written July 9, 2022
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craigluscar
Dunfermline, UK13,603 contributions
Oct 2021
Known for showing classics as well as the latest releases ,'The Maltese Falcon' is coming soon . This Art Deco cinema shouts quality a really cool look to the building and prices are cheaper than the big multiples . Well worth taking a look if you are in the area .In 1912, was built for Louis Dickson and designed by local architect Matthew Steele.It is also a designated World Heritage site
Written October 7, 2021
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the world is not enough
Glasgow, UK94 contributions
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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Stimpy101
Bo'ness, UK7 contributions
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
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
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
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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PaulB
London, UK18 contributions
Sep 2019
Scotland's oldest cinema, and what a lovely place, steeped in history the manager Will spent the time after the film to give us a little guide and very knowlegeable on the history of the cinema, very enjoyable,
Written September 10, 2019
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Jill O
Edinburgh, UK85 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We have had another short drive today to visit our favourite cinema. As usual it did not disappoint: great building, plenty of empty seats, great prices and lovely staff. The film choice is always interesting and we end up seeing films we wouldn't have bothered with otherwise, so it broadens our outlook. It is good to patronise a small town and their businesses too. Win win! Recommended.
Written April 16, 2018
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