Hippodrome programme revealed

hippodromeprogrammecover1 THE LAUNCH film programme for the revamped Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness has been revealed.

The programme is online now (click here to access the Adobe Acrobat file). Printed versions will be available across central Scotland next week.

The building – which has been brought back to life thanks to a £2.1 million restoration project – will celebrate its re-opening with a special screening of the ABBA hit “Mamma Mia!” April 6. Tickets for this screening are being allocated to competition winners from the local community and can’t be purchased. There will also be a thank you event for funders and supporters on April 7.

However, paying customers will get their chance to look inside when the building opens fully to the public on April 9, with the Dreamworks hit “Monsters v. Aliens”. The animated movie features the voice talents of Reese Witherspoon and Keifer Sutherland.

Tickets can be purchased from the Steeple Box Office in Falkirk or by credit card by calling 01324 506850.

Launching the programme, Bo’ness Labour Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s leisure convener, said: “For the re-launch we’ve lined up a fantastic range of movies, including brand new titles like ‘The Boat that Rocked’, from ‘Love Actually’ director Richard Curtis.

“We also have films which scooped awards in this year’s Oscars and BAFTAs, including ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, ‘Milk’ and ‘The Reader’. Plus there are classic gems like ‘The Life of Brian’,
‘Forbidden Planet’ and ‘Whisky Galore!’ (complete with a wee dram for over 18s).

“The spirit of the Hippodrome’s founder, Louis Dickson, also lives on – as we present movies made in Bo’ness by local people. In May we premiere a special film charting 100 years of the Bo’ness Fair – and a new film by Big Screen Bo’ness.

“We’ve also organised Saturday morning screenings for youngsters, daytime films for grown-ups and toddlers and classic
matinees (complete with welcome cuppas).

“Of course, the Hippodrome is much more than a film theatre. It’s an A-listed building with a history that quite literally tells the
story of cinema-going in Scotland.

“As the building comes to life again, we will be developing programmes and activities that celebrate its past and draw on the
many stories of those who have visited and worked in the building. We’ll also showcase filmmakers and mark national initiatives
too. We hope there will be something for everyone.”

To see a selection of trailers for films at the Hippodrome, visit our YouTube Playlist. And click the full screen icon to get the full cinema experience on your PC!

Read the Council press release about the programme here



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