Experience a Night at the Cinema in 1914

Marking the centenary of World War I, the Hippodrome Bo’ness will screen a glorious miscellany of comedies, adventure films, travelogues and newsreels recreating a typical night out at the cinema in 1914.

The evening will feature live musical accompaniment by renowned silent film musician and composer Stephen Horne who was commissioned by the British Film Institute to create a new score for the extraordinary compilation of shorts. Stephen will perform his new music live on piano, accordion and flute, with abundant references to music of the period - reflecting the spirit in which the films were made.

And to further enhance the evening’s entertainment, Hippodrome patrons at this special event will be welcomed by ‘Louis Dickson’ – the Hippodrome’s original proprietor.  What’s more, the audience is invited to dress in period costume themselves.

Stephen regularly performs his own compositions and improvises for silent film at major UK venues and internationally including at festivals in San Francisco, Cannes and Berlin.  Stephen’s Hippodrome performance will be the only Scottish live presentation of his new score.

Hippodrome Programmer Alison Strauss said:

“It is a very great pleasure for us to welcome Stephen back to perform at the Hippodrome and for such a special programme of films.  These 14 shorts from the British Film Institute National Archive have been put together with great care and take us through the course of 1914 from peacetime to war by means of newsreel (including Emily Pankhurst), a serial extract from the ‘Perils of Pauline’, comedy with Charlie Chaplin and music hall stars of the day.  Stephen’s unique talent is perfectly attuned to bringing to life this snapshot of life a hundred years ago.”

“We are all looking forward to getting in to the spirit of the day, and hope lots of our audience will embrace the invitation to come dressed in period clothes… or even just a feather boa or some gloves for a dash of the era.  There will be a bit of an opportunity for a sing-a-long too!”

The event will be a tantalising taster for the annual Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema which marks its fifth edition in March 2015.  Organisers have promised that the dates for the fifth Festival will be announced soon.

‘A Night at the Cinema in 1914' (U) screens at the Hippodrome Bo’ness on Saturday 1st November at 19:30. To book tickets, contact the Steeple Box Office on 01324 506850.

Published on Tuesday, 28th October 2014

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