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The Hippodrome is 100!

Hippodrome 100 events on Sunday 11 March 2012

Everyone is welcome to the centenary celebrations for Scotland’s first cinema.

On 11 March 1912, the Hippodrome opened in the heart of Bo’ness as the first purpose-built cinema in Scotland. 100 years later, the Hippodrome will be open to all for two very special events:

Look out for a wide range of special activities taking place in or around the Hippodrome throughout the centenary year of 2012: • Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema (16-18 March 2012) • Public workshops • New exhibition touring the Falkirk Council area • Public art development project • Hippodrome Youth Ambassadors Scheme • Screenings in unusual places • The ‘On Location’ Scottish Film Debate The Hippodrome 100 year starts off with two events on the day of the anniversary - Sunday 11 March 2012.

“No one should miss paying a visit to this Magnificent Picture Palace. We study the comfort of our patrons.” Hippodrome advert in the Bo’ness Journal March 1912

The Birthday Party An afternoon live variety show marking the Hippodrome’s Birthday featuring: • Films from 1912 • Live musical accompaniment from renowned band Gladstone’s Bag • The Barony Players & Bo’ness Amateur Operatic Society • And more! In true 1912 style, there will be two “houses” or two opportunities to see this unique show: 2pm and 3.15pm. Admission is free and tickets can be reserved in advance.

Hippodrome 100 Centenary Poll Screening in association with the Journal and Gazette Vote for your choice of movie and come along for this evening screening of the winning film. It’s a guaranteed classic to celebrate 100 years as the jewel in the crown of Scottish cinemagoing. A shortlist of films with links to momentous events of 1912 has been compiled (see overleaf). The full list and details of how to vote can be found in the Bo’ness Journal on 3rd and 10th February. All voters will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to this special screening plus £20 of Hippodrome gift vouchers.

7.30pm | Tickets: £5.55 / £4.25 (conc.) / £15.20 (family ticket)

For more information about this year’s Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema and all the Hippodrome 100 Celebrations go to: Follow us on @FalkirkCultural

The Hippodrome 100 Hippodrome 100 Centenary Poll Shortlist Favourite Film Shortlist A Night To Remember (1958, U) RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg and sinks, killing over 1,500 passengers and inspiring this stirring drama The Ladykillers (1955, U) The birth of Alexander Mackendrick, famous for directing Ealing Studios comedies such as this classic starring Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. The Sting (1973, PG) Universal Studios is founded by Carl Laemmle. From an overwhelming back catalogue, this was a box office smash - the ultimate con film starring the debonair Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, U) Dancer, actor, choreographer and director Gene Kelly is born, destined to charm as one of Hollywood’s top musical stars. Touching The Void (2003, 15) British polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team become the second expeditionary group to reach the South Pole - a feat of human endurance echoed in this astonishing documentary. The Dark Knight (2008, 12A) The British Board of Film Classification is established “to protect the public from content which might raise harm risks”. How To Vote Sometimes causing controversy, the BBFC 12A rating raised questions in the House of Commons for Christopher Nolan’s Batman sequel featuring one of The Hippodrome, Bo’ness Heath Ledger’s last performances on screen.

Bo’ness Library, Bo’ness

Dracula (1958, 12A) Best known for writing the ultimate gothic novel, Bram Steeple Box Office, High Street, Falkirk Stoker dies. Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee star in this definitive portrayal.

Text your favourite film’s voting number to: XXXXX XXX XXX (charged at your standard message rate)

Book Tickets

Book Tickets The Hippodrome or Steeple Box Office In person: The Hippodrome, 10 Hope Street, Bo’ness EH51 0AA or the Steeple Box Office, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1NW By phone: 01324 506850 01324 506850

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On 11 March 1912 the Hippodrome cinema opened in the heart of Bo'ness, the first purpose built picture palace in Scotland. 100 years later w...