The Hippodrome, Hope Street, Bo'ness

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Formerly Known As

The Hippodrome

Project Background

Built in 1912 by owner and film-maker Louis Dickson to a design by local architect Matthew Steele, the cinema is a superb example of art-deco architecture and includes a circular auditorium, an open colonnade and a fine sweeping balcony.  

The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust was gifted ownership of the cinema in 1996 from a local organisation who were concerned by its condition. Development work was ongoing since that time and a feasibility study was completed in 2002.

The restoration programme saw extensive works undertaken, both inside and out, including the installation of new seating and repair and reupholstering of old seats; reinstatement of the 1926 decorative scheme and repair of the original copper dome above the manager’s office, to bring the building back into use as a cinema.

The cinema was Commended in the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards in 2010.  The judges said:  “This was an exceptional project that is placed right at the heart of the community both in terms of architectural significance and enhanced amenity.”

Building Information

Building Dates
1911; 1926
Matthew Steele ; John Taylor
Listing Category
Conservation Area
Bo‘ness Town Centre
Planning Authority
Date of Entry to the Risk Register
22 June 1994

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Development Project Information

Project Architect

The Pollock Hammond Partnership

Project Client

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust

End Users

Falkirk Council

Overall Project Cost
£1.8 million
Grant Aiders

Bo'ness Townscape Heritage Initiative
Historic Scotland
Architectural Heritage Fund
Falkirk Enivornment Trust 
Manifold Trust.

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