Client: Falkirk Council / Hippodrome cinema
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The Hippodrome cinema is Scotland’s oldest, surviving purpose built cinema. First opened in Bo’ness in 1912 it underwent a £2.15m restoration and fit-out programme as a key project in the My Future’s in Falkirk economic development initiative.
The historic, A-listed building was reopened just over 97 years after its first customers sat in the uniquely designed, round cinema - the vision of local film-maker Louis Dickson and designed by renowned Scottish architect Matthew Steele.
The reopening of The Hippodrome was significant on a number of levels – it had historic and architectural importance; it had regeneration and economic development impact and it was also a fantastic new amenity for the community.
The challenge presented was to reach many different interest groups and stakeholders so by uncovering many local and historic stories behind the cinema since its first opening we developed many news stories for different media channels. We also delivered a community event, with our event specialists, that took on an Oscars theme that connected with the whole town and ensured a glamorous evening enjoyed by everyone. And the star of the show? The Hippodrome of course!
The £1.95m initial restoration programme was funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund, Falkirk Council through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, Historic Scotland, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Falkirk Environment Trust and the Manifold Trust. The £200k technical fit-out was funded by Falkirk Council with support from The National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.