Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2015

Wednesday 18 March - Sunday 22 March

The 5th Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema took place 18th-22nd March 2015 with yet another record-breaking number of people enjoying an extended programme from returning and new performers. This not only included wonderful screenings at the Hippodrome cinema, but also an exciting collaboration with Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, a Speakeasy at Bo’ness Town Hall, a Taste of the Silver Screen food and drink workshop and an exhibition of silent film images from The Herald and Times Group’s archives.

Here’s what a few of our audience had to say about this year’s Festival:

We’d like to thank all the performers, volunteers, businesses, organisations and audience members who supported us yet again; without you we couldn’t have achieved 11 sold out performances and attracted over 2600 attendees.

If you missed this year’s Festival, don’t despair. You have another chance to catch the Festival-commissioned pieces for ‘Annie Laurie’, ‘Salt for Svanetia’. out how here. You can also still see our Silent Stars in Scotland exhibition.

For another chance to see our Laurel and Hardy Triple Bill with live accompaniment book your tickets now for our encore at the Hippodrome on Saturday 18th April, 19:30.

For more information about, and images of (© Alex Hewitt) the 2015 Festival, head over to our Facebook page. To be the first to know when we release our 2016 dates, sign up to Falkirk Community Trust’s monthly newsletter.

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  • “It’s the sheer ambition of Bo’ness’s Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema that marks it out as one of Scotland’s true gems... The results can be a revelation” - * * * * * The Scotsman
  • “…the welcome was warm, the music was fabulous, the films magnificent and the crowds enthusiastic… I had a stonking time in Bo’ness this year and would recommend the festival to anyone who loves movies, music and merriment” – Silent London
  • “You can keep your 3D, IMAX and D-Box – going on the evidence of last night’s sold out screening of 1916’s Hell’s Hinges in Bo’ness… silent cinema is the future of film-going” - WOW247 Edinburgh

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Last updated: 29 April 2015 at 15:09