Angus MacDonald Tables Parliament Motion Celebrating 100 Years of Bo'ness Hippodrome
Sunday, 11 March 2012 10:49
SNP MSP for Falkirk East Angus MacDonald has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating Scotland’s oldest purpose built cinema, the Bo’ness Hippodrome, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary today Sunday 11th March.
Speaking in Parliament this week, Angus MacDonald MSP said:
“I am delighted to wish the Bo’ness Hippodrome a happy 100th birthday. It is testament to all the hard work of numerous people and agencies that Scotland’s first ever purpose built cinema has been resurrected and is providing entertainment to residents from Bo’ness and beyond.
I would like to particularly congratulate the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Falkirk Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Regional Screen Scotland and the Bo’ness Townscape Heritage Initiative for working together to ensure the survival of the Hippodrome. Thanks to all for their hard work and vision. I’m sure the Hippodrome has many more years of entertainment to provide to local residents and I wish the cinema continued success for the future.”
The text of Angus MacDonald’s motion is listed below:
Scotland’s Oldest Cinema Celebrates 100 Years
That Parliament congratulates Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema, the Hippodrome in Bo’ness, as it celebrates its 100th anniversary on Sunday 11 March 2012; notes that the anniversary will be marked with an afternoon of free entertainment in the style of the venue’s 1912 variety programmes, which will include screenings of comedy film shorts with live musical accompaniment by the Gladstone’s Bag quartet, usherettes in original 1912 costume and performances from the local Barony Players and the Bo’ness Amateur Operatic Society; further notes that the celebrations will continue into the Sunday evening when the Hippodrome screens the classic Ealing Studios comedy, The Ladykillers, directed by Alexander Mackendrick, who was born in 1912, when the Hippodrome first opened; recognises that the evening will also include the premiere of a new trailer for Hippodrome 100 made by young people at Forth Valley College who are studying video and sound production as part of their BA Media and Communications and HND courses; acknowledges that the Hippodrome’s creator, Louis Dickson, was a local man who was considered to be a far-sighted entrepreneur and impresario and who engaged the architect, Matthew Steele, who was considered visionary, but is largely overlooked, to realise his dream of building Scotland’s first picture palace; commends the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Falkirk Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, Regional Screen Scotland and the Bo’ness Townscape Heritage Initiative for collectively seeking to ensure that the Bo’ness Hippodrome will have an exciting future entertaining citizens from Bo’ness and beyond for many years to come.
Supported by: Annabelle Ewing, Joan McAlpine, Adam Ingram, Stuart McMillan, John Wilson, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Dennis Robertson, Mike MacKenzie, Helen Eadie, David Torrance, Maureen Watt, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Margaret Burgess, Bill Walker, Jean Urquhart