The Hippodrome Cinema, Bo'ness

Renovation & Conservation

The Hippodrome is probably Scotland's oldest surviving cinema but it is undoubtedly its most complete and architecturally acomplished Picture Palace.  Designed by local Architect Matthew Steele and opened in 1912 The Hippodrome hosted film and live entertainment for over 60 years before being converted for Bingo and eventually closing completely in the late 1970s.  The building fell into dereliction prior to its repair and adaptation back to cinema use in a major Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland aided project, led by its owner, The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.  It is now operated by Falkirk Community Trust.  If you have not yet been to see a movie there then you should.