In pictures: Scotland’s oldest cinema to celebrate 100 years at the movies

THE golden age of Hollywood is being brought back to life to commemorate the 100th birthday of Scotland’s oldest cinema.

The Hippodrome in Bo’ness, near Falkirk, became a pioneering venue showing silent films and later ‘talkies’.

The distinctive building, which boasts a circular pre-Art Deco auditorium, became a bingo hall with a decline in number in the 1970s.

But, following a £2m revamp in 2009, the cinema is picture perfect again and staff and volunteers will mark the centenary with a special bash on Sunday with a series of special screenings and nostalgic performances.

There will be a live variety show featuring films screened originally at the Hippodrome in the year it opened, live musical accompaniment from renowned ‘Victorian’ band Gladstone’s Bag, high drama from The Barony Players and musical performance from Bo’ness Amateur Operatic Society.

In true Louis Dickson style, there will be two “houses” or two opportunities to see this unique show: 2pm and 3.15pm.

Admission is free and tickets are available in person from the Hippodrome and Steeple Box Offices or by phone 01324 506850.