Telephone: 01324 506850
Hippodrome Boness has a full programme of films for all ages and tastes and offers a cinema going experience that is a wonderful world away from the multiplex.
It is the oldest purpose built cinema in Scotland, an A listed historic building that opened in 1912!
At the Hippodrome, you will find a warm welcome for all, baby friendly screenings, 'Jeely Jar' screenings for kids, a 'Hippodrome for Schools' programme, and special events. There are also regular Q and As and workshops, buggy parking, booster seats for wee ones, baby changing facilities, and 'Cuppa' screenings with coffee or tea and cake included in your ticket price. You will also find free parking in Bo'ness town centre, making this old style picturehouse a great venue for some family film fun!
This is a wonderfully relaxing cinema, with beautifully restored, comfortable seats that provide great views of the screen, and a great selection of different films to watch. The surroundings may be old fashioned, but the projection and sound equipment are state of the art!
There is also a cafe and licensed bar.
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It may be worth checking out Hippodrome Boness's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Hippodrome Boness before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
Screen times vary depending on film.
The Hippodrome Cafe and Licensed Bar opens 45mins before each screening, and closes at the start of the screening. Popcorn, ice cream, sweets, tea, coffee, and soft drinks are available from the Cafe. Beer, wine and spirits are available from the Licensed Bar, and it is possible to take your drink with you to your cinema seat. Children and young people are not permitted to approach the bar. No person under the age of 18 years is permitted to purchase alcohol.
"i need a wee"
A baby changing room is located on the ground floor and there is an accessible toilet.
and baby come too...
We are happy to warm milk for parents. Please ask at the cafe. Step ups for toddlers in the ground floor toilets, booster seats available for wee ones.
"are we there yet?"
The Hippodrome is in Bo'ness which lies on the south bank of the Firth of Forth. Travelling from the west, exit the M9 at J5 onto the A905 then take the A904 into Bo'ness. From the east, exit at J3 onto the A803 then take the A904 into Bo'ness. The nearest train station is Linlithgow. Buses to Bo'ness are operated by First Edinburgh.
...got any top tips?
In the Hippodrome's heyday youngsters could get their cinema ticket in exchange for a jeely (jam) jar. We have named our Saturday morning screenings of well loved family films and kids' classics in honour of this tradition. Once a season we'll give you the chance to revive the custom. Look out for Hippodrome 'Jeely Jar Specials' when you can bring a clean jeely jar with matching lid and get two tickets for the price of one. The jars will be reused for jam making in the Georgian Kitchen at Callendar House. But please don't bring a jam jar every week...we can't make that much jam!
Prices & Admission
Standard ticket £6.30
Family (4 tickets) £17.30
Cuppa with refreshments £6.30 (or £3.20 for film only)
Reel Screenings £2.50
Jeely Jary Screening £2.50 (2 for 1 with clean jam jar and lid)
Special events £12.35 (£10 concession)
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