The Hippodrome Cinema

The Hippodrome is Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema and is now beautifully restored. 

Opened in 1912, an A-listed historic building, it is the masterpiece of architect Matthew Steele, who left Bo'ness with a remarkable built heritage of early 20th century design styles. Screens the latest releases, classic films and autistic friendly viewings. The Hippodrome cinema has been awarded Best Cinema Experience in Scotland at the 2019 Scottish Hospitality Awards and shortlisted for Cinema of the Year in the 2019 Screen Awards.

A stunning pre-art deco picture palace dating back to 1912, restored and operating once again as a cinema, with the latest projection and sound equipment, a friendly welcome, and screening the best major releases, independent films and classics. As well as a 6 day per week programme, the cinema also organise regular special events, including Q&As, silent films accompanied by live music, specially curated archive film programmes, opportunities for local filmmakers to screen their films and many more.

The home of the annual Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema in March each year. A long weekend of films from the pioneering days of international filmmaking, celebrating the Hippodrome's unique place in history as Scotland's first purpose built picture palace.

Each Saturday morning we screen a film for children (and their families), just as they did in the Hippodrome's heyday. During the early days of UK cinema it was possible for children to exchange an empty bottle or jar for their tickets, and four times per year we offer the opportunity to re-create this tradition. When we hold a "Jeely Jar Special" (jelly or jam jar) you can purchase 2 tickets for the price of 1, if you bring us an empty jar (with its lid). We use the empty jars for jam making in the working Georgian Kitchen of Callendar House in nearby Falkirk.

Our weekly "cuppa" screenings every Monday morning include a cup of coffee or tea & cake in your ticket price and the mix of titles being screened in this slot include family blockbusters, fascinating documentaries, thrillers and comedies.


You can book your tickets online by following this link. To view the full listings of films running at the Hippodrome just click here. 

  • Baby Changing Facilities Available
  • Children Welcome
  • Free Parking Off-Site/Street
  • On Public Transport Route
  • Public Parking Nearby
  • No Smoking Permitted
  • Allergy Sufferers
  • Business Travellers
  • Coach Parties Welcome
  • Disabled Citizens
  • Families
  • Groups Welcome
  • Hen/Stag Parties Welcome
  • No Pets Allowed
  • Non smokers
  • School Groups Welcome
  • Senior Citizens
  • Single Travellers
  • Young People

The Hippodrome Box Office is open every Saturday (10:15 - 14:30) and from 45 minutes before to 15 minutes after the advertised start time of each screening.

Tickets are also available from The Box Office in Falkirk Stadium and can be booked online

There is a Community Bus which runs directly from Edinburgh making it easier to access the attraction for more info just click here

The Hippodrome is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with level access to the main entrance and three dedicated wheelchair spaces in the main auditorium. There is on-street disabled parking and dedicated disabled parking spaces in the public car parks nearby. The Hippodrome holds regular screenings for young people with Autism and/or hypersensitivity and their families. The venue also caters for people with hearing and sight impairments and has a programme of captioned screenings for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

More information at The Hippodrome website.