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New beginning for historic cinema
Bo'ness Hippodrome
The Bo'ness Hippodrome was built in 1911
A 1.8m project to restore Scotland's oldest purpose-built cinema has been completed.

The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust has been involved in the painstaking restoration work on the 1911 Hippodrome in Bo'ness, which began in 2006.

Falkirk Council are now set to install 21st Century projection equipment and seating into the pre-art deco building.

The new Hippodrome is due to be opened by the local authority later this year and will also feature exhibition space.

Original features, including the art deco signs for the toilets, oak panelling from the foyer and the original cast iron radiators, have all been saved by the restorers.

'Back in time'

The catgory A listed cinema was built by Bo'ness cinematography pioneer Louis Dickson and designed by local architect Matthew Steele.

George McNeill, chaiman of the SHBT, said: "We have owned this wonderful and unique building for 10 years and to finally see it restored to its former glory is tremendous."

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, who accepted the keys at a formal handover ceremony in the Hippodrome, said: "The architects have painstakingly recreated the striking colour scheme used when the building was remodelled in the 1920s.

"Going inside this building is like going back in time. The restoration is fantastic."

The council is now asking locals to take part in a consultation to help shape future programmes for the building.

The project is part of a 5m plan to restore historical properties within the town.

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