The Hippodrome in World War One
Bo’ness Hippodrome is one of the earliest purpose built cinemas in Scotland, if not the United Kingdom. Opened in March 1912, it operated as a cinema until the 1970’s before being re-styled as a bingo hall. After extensive refurbishment, it returned to a fully functioning cinema in 2009.
The Hippodrome was recently featured as part of the BBC's 'World War One at Home' programme. Find out what life was like at the Hippodrome in the First World War.
A Night at the Cinema in 1914
This year audiences in Bo’ness were treated to ‘A Night at the Cinema 2014’. Stephen Horne, master of piano, accordion and flute, explains the culture shock modern audiences go through as they re-live a night out the people of Bo'ness would have experienced a century before, on the eve of the First World War.
Credit: The BBC, 'World War One at Home' (2014)