Hippodrome Bo ness

The Hippodrome is Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema. Opened in 1912, and an A-listed historic building, it is the masterpiece of architect Matthew Steele, who left Bo'ness with a remarkable built heritage of early 20th century design styles.

The Hippodrome is owned by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, who oversaw the first phase of extensive restoration work as part of the Bo'ness Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI). This included reinstatement of the 1926 decorative scheme, installation of new seating and original seating restored. The building is leased to Falkirk Council which fitted out the building installing digital and 35mm projectors and a state-of-the art sound system to offer the best cinema experience. Despite The Hippodrome's prominent place in the cultural heritage of Bo'ness, only a small amount of information is available in the public domain. Louis Dickson remains something of a mystery figure, with the most comprehensive material about his early work, including digitised film clips and a biography, available from the Scottish Screen Archive.


10 Hope Street, ,
Boness, Stirlingshire, EH51 0AA


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