Scotland’s only silent film festival returns to Bo’ness this March, its duration expanded from three to five days due to public demand.
The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema will take place between Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 March 2013 in the Hippodrome cinema, Bo’ness. Festival organisers are currently working on the 2013 Festival programme which will launch on Tuesday 5 February.
Movie and music fans can again look forward to a live cinema experience of classic and rare movies accompanied by internationally acclaimed performers in the beautifully refurbished picture palace located on the banks of the Firth of Forth.
Opened in 1912, the Hippodrome is Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema and 2012 has seen the year-long project ‘Hippodrome 100’ to celebrate the cinema’s centenary. The project included screenings on a railway buffet car, a public art project for 150 schoolchildren, a mentoring scheme for 18-30 year-old ambassadors, and even a birthday cake in the distinctive shape of the building itself.
In recognition of the occasion, Her Majesty The Queen sent a message of birthday wishes to mark the end of the celebrations in December.
Previous Hippodrome Festival audiences have been treated to a wide variety of workshops, performances and films from three decades of the silent era. Stars on-screen have included Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy, and the original ‘It’ girl Clara Bow.