Hippodrome Cinema

10 Hope Street,
Bo'ness, EH51 0AA

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The correct name of this town is Burrowstouness, but it is always refered to as Bo'ness. The Hippodrome Cinema opened on 11th March 1912. It was built for local showman Louis Dickson.

There is a small dome on top of the entrance portion of the building. Inside the auditorium the space is circular, which gives it a ‘circus’ feel. There is a small balcony which is supported on cast iron pillars. The proscenium is 25 feet wide and two dressing rooms were provided.

Over the years some alterations have been made to the building to bring it up to modern standards, in March 1926 the original architect Matthew Steele was engaged to re-arrange the roof. In March 1930 architect John Taylor was employed to make alterations to the balcony and by 1947 Caledonian Associated Cinemas were operating the Hippodrome Cinema and they employed their own architect Alexander Cattenach Jr. to up-date the building.

The Hippodrome Cinema closed in the early 1970’s and was converted into an independent bingo club, which continued until around 1980. The building was empty and unused for almost 30-years. Projectors were still in the projection box and the building was basically a ‘time-warp’.

In September 2006 over 502,000 GB Pounds was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund to assist in the restoration of the Hippodrome Cinema. It re-opened to the public on 9th April 2009, and the cinema now contains a bar and a cafe.

On 1st June 1979, Historic Scotland designated the Hippodrome Cinema a Grade A Listed building. It had been placed on the Buildings At Risk Register since 1994.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 10, 2008 at 9:56 am

I can only get this cached link to work. According to that link, the Hippodrome is being restored to be used as a cinema. Its supposed to open in the fall of 2008.

The Hippodrome

23.09.07 Hope Street, Bo'ness, EH51 0AA

The Hippodrome is Scotland’s oldest surviving purpose built cinema, designed by local architect Matthew Steele in 1911 in response to a commission from film-maker Louis Dickson, who wanted somewhere to show his films. The building’s most notable feature is the large circular auditorium. A number of modifications have been made to the Hippodrome over the years, including the addition of a ticket office set in the corner angle with a small dome. The A-listed building is currently being restored, and will reopen as a cinema in Autumn 2008. Its participation in Doors Open Days 2007 presents a unique opprtunity to see restoration work in progress.

Architect: Matthew Steele
Building Date: 1911

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 10, 2008 at 10:16 am

Just to verify that information, here is a story from the BBC News.

garypainter
garypainter on March 5, 2008 at 7:12 pm

The building was handed over to Falkirk Council by the contractors on Feb 14th 2008. A gallery of photographs from that day showing the almost finished interior can be found on the following page, as well as a gallery from just prior to the works starting:

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It is anticipated that the building will reopen as a cinema later in 2008 – a rare conservation success story in the cinema world!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Another interior photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 2, 2009 at 7:15 pm

This is an exterior photo.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 9, 2009 at 11:58 am

The latest news from the BBC on the Hippodrome Cinema:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 6, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Another photo of the Hippodrome is here.

grandadsbrother69
grandadsbrother69 on February 23, 2012 at 7:18 am

be nice to see any pics if anyones got any off louis dickson he was my grandads brother and im doing family tree

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