The Hippodrome


10 Hope Street, Bo'ness, West Lothian, EH51 0AA

    A stunning pre-art deco picture palace dating back to 1912, restored and operating once again as a cinema, with the latest projection and sound equipment, a friendly welcome, and screening the best major releases, independent films and classics. As well as a 6 day per week programme, we also organise regular special events, including Q&As, silent films accompanied by live music, specially curated archive film programmes, opportunities for local filmmakers to screen their films and many more.

    We're the home of the annual Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema in March each year. A long weekend of films from the pioneering days of international filmmaking, celebrating the Hippodrome's unique place in history as Scotland's first purpose built picture palace.

    Each Saturday morning we screen a film for children (and their families), just as they did in the Hippodrome's heyday. During the early days of UK cinema it was possible for children to exchange an empty bottle or jar for their tickets, and four times per year we offer the opportunity to re-create this tradition. When we hold a "Jeely Jar Special" (jelly or jam jar) you can purchase 2 tickets for the price of 1, if you bring us an empty jar (with its lid). We use the empty jars for jam making in the working Georgian Kitchen of Callendar House in nearby Falkirk.

    Our weekly "cuppa" screenings every Monday morning include a cup of coffee or tea & cake in your ticket price and the mix of titles being screened in this slot include family blockbusters, fascinating documentaries, thrillers and comedies.

    The Box Office opens 45 minutes prior to each screening and on Saturdays 10.15am – 2.45pm. Booking outside this time can be made via the Steeple Box Office, High Street, Falkirk (01324) 506850.

    4 Arts Venue
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    Opening times vary according to screening times, please see our website for film listings


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Delta Card
    • Diners Card
    • Electron
    • JCB Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Solo Card
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
    • On Public Transport Route
    • Public Parking Nearby


    • No Smoking Permitted

    Special Requirements

    • Allergy Sufferers
    • Business Travellers
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Disabled Citizens
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome
    • Hen/Stag Parties Welcome
    • No Pets Allowed
    • Non smokers
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Senior Citizens
    • Single Travellers
    • Young People

    Road Directions

    Travelling from the west, exit the M9 at J5 onto the A905 then take the A904 into Bo'ness. From the east, exit at J3 onto the A803 then take the A904 into Bo'ness. There is no parking available at the Hippodrome. Patrons are advised to use the nearby Bo'ness Town Centre car parks, where parking is free.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- The Tourist Information Centre is located in the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway Station, approximately 6 minutes walk to the Hippodrome. From here, head west onto the A904 (Union Street), turn left onto East Pier Street, then right onto North Street. Stay on North Street as it bends to the left and the Hippodrome will be directly ahead.

    Getting there by railway:- The nearest station to Bo'ness is Linlithgow, which is served by trains from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling/Dunblane.
    There are First Edinburgh bus services to Bo'ness from Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Bathgate, Falkirk, Stirling, Cumbernauld and Glasgow.

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