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The Hippodrome

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INTRODUCTION

Situated in the centre of the historic town of Bo’ness, the Hippodrome is Scotland’s earliest surviving purpose-built cinema. Its construction was the result of a collaboration between two local citizens, film-enthusiast Louis Dickson and architect Matthew Steele. The Hippodrome opened in 1912 and remained in use as a cinema until 1975, when it became a bingo hall before being abandoned. From 2006 to 2009, SHBT led a £2.1 million restoration project which returned the building to its original use. The building is currently managed as a cinema by Falkirk Council.

VISIT

The Hippodrome is currently in operation as a cinema, run by Falkirk Community Trust. For all information on film screenings and events, please see the building’s dedicated website.

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LEARN

If you’re interested in the history of the Hippodrome and learning more about its restoration, you can visit its project page.

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