Hippodrome movies are just the ticket for autumn
MAJOR new releases, fascinating special events, cracking classic movies and fun packed family films dominate the new season at the historic Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness.
Scotland’s first purpose-built cinema has unveiled its autumn programme, running from September to November. You can download the new brochure now from www.falkirk.gov.uk/hippodrome. Printed copies will also be available from the cinema and local outlets.
Councillor Adrian Mahoney, the convener of leisure, tourism and community at Falkirk Council – which runs the venue - said: “The new programme hopefully offers something for everyone.
“There’s big Hollywood movies, like ‘The Rebound’, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jackie Chan in ‘The Karate Kid’ , Tom Cruise in ‘Knight and Day’ and Julia Roberts in ‘Eat, Pray Love’. There’s also the new Harry Potter movie, ‘The Deathly Hallows’, coming to Bo’ness at the end of November. And a new film on the founding of Facebook, ‘The Social Network’, will hit out screens in the run-up to Christmas. It stars Justin Timberlake.
“There’s also a clutch of new British movies, such as ‘Made in Dagenham’ – from the director behind ‘Calendar Girls’ - and what’s been described as a worthy successor to ‘Billy Elliot’, ‘Soul Boy’. You can also catch Sean Bean in the horror ‘Black Death’ and see Jason Isaacs in the British-made ‘Skeletons’.
He added: “The season also has a distinctly French feel, with some Gallic offerings hoping to woo local audiences. Highlights include ‘Heartbreaker’, the French rom-com starring Vanessa Paradis. There’s also an enchanting UK-France collaboration, ‘The Illusionist’, a stunning animated movie based on an unrealised script by Jacques Tati - and set in Edinburgh. And you can also catch Kristin Scott Thomas in the acclaimed French movie ‘Leaving’.”
Film fans will also get the chance to see the subtitled follow-up to ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ – which wowed Hippodrome customers earlier this year. ‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’, based on the best-selling book by Stieg Larson, arrives at the Hippodrome this October.
Cinema bosses are also delighted to be showing two shorts made by local young people: ‘Brainwashed’ by the Big Screen Bo’ness group and ‘That’s Life’ by Caroline Orr. Both shorts have a distinctly creepy feel and are screening as a Halloween double-bill with ‘Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein’.
The venue’s main special event for the season also has a spooky theme.
The Southwell Collective group returns to the cinema to provide a live musical performance to a silent film version of ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ in a double-bill with ‘Ghosts Before Breakfast’. The Southwell Collective’s latest show has had rave reviews: “absolutely beautiful” “absorbing and enchanting” are some of the comments.
The Hippodrome – which first opened in 1912 and was re-opened last year after a £2 million restoration programme – will also host Scotland’s first festival of silent film (supported by Regional Screen Scotland) in March next year. Watch out for details.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Back to the Future’. The film gets a Hippodrome screening in November. Anyone who wears an orange body-warmer, as modelled by Michael J. Fox in the film, will get in for free!
During the Hippodrome’s early days, children could exchange an empty bottle or jar for their cinema ticket. Saturday morning screenings of well-loved family films have been named ‘Jeely Jars’ in honour of this tradition. New season highlights include ‘Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’, ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ featuring Nicholas Cage and ‘Marmaduke’, featuring the vocal talents of Owen Wilson.
The cinema is also offering a two-for-one ticket offer for everyone who donates a clean, empty jam jar for a special screening of ‘Shorts For Wee Ones’ - a delightful collection of imaginative short films from around the world, on tour from the Discovery International Film Festival for Children and Young People. The donated jars will be used in the Georgian Kitchen in Callendar House, Falkirk. (Please note: only bring a clean jar to this particular screening for a free ticket.)
The cinema is also offering cut-price ‘Cuppa’ screenings and baby-friendly shows. For details visit www.falkirk.gov.uk/hippodrome - or ask at the venue.
Said Councillor Mahoney: “The Hippodrome is a fantastic restored cinema, offering all the glamour of an early picture palace, but with all the latest sound and vision technology you’d find a modern-day multiplex.
“Many of our films come in pin-sharp digital format; we have a fantastic surround sound system and lots of new comfy seats to complement some of original ones. A visit could be the perfect way to brighten up dull autumn days.”
Tickets for the new season of films are on sale from Wednesday, September 1. The Hippodrome box office is open Saturday mornings from 10.15 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and also 45 minutes before the start of every film. There is usually no need to book ahead, but if you’d prefer to then please call in at the Hippodrome or contact the Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850.
The Hippodrome, 10 Hope Street, Bo’ness EH51 0AA
The Hippodrome is run by Culture & Lifelong Learning Services, Falkirk Council, The Falkirk Stadium, Westfield, Falkirk FK2 9DX
The Steeple Box Office, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1NW acts as the central information and box office service for all Cultural Services venues and events. Their number is 01324 506850, and they are open Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 4.45pm. A box office service is also available at each venue, from 45 minutes before each performance or screening.
When the Hippodrome opened in March 1912 it was Scotland’s first purpose built Picture Palace. It operated until the 60s and then had a short life as a bingo hall until the early 80s when it closed. It remained unoccupied for 20 years until…Nearly 100 years after the first customers took their seats in the cinema, the Hippodrome re-opened to the public in 2009, recreating the golden age of cinema-going using 21st century technology.
The A-listed building, brainchild of film-maker Louis Dickson and designed by local architect Matthew Steele, is a rare example of pre-art deco cinema architecture, and Scotland's oldest surviving purpose-built picture house.
The Hippodrome is leased to Falkirk Council and is owned by the Scottish Historic Building Trust|, who oversaw the first phase of restoration work. The refurbishment of the Hippodrome is part of a £5 million investment though the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) which will see this historic town flourish. Bo'ness has THI status, one of only 13 towns in Scotland privileged to qualify. The initiative aims to restore historic buildings for use by the community and so encourage economic regeneration.