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Bo'ness Hippodrome celebrates silent film era

image captionThe festival will feature a Laurel and Hardy triple-bill

A festival of silent films is being held at Scotland's oldest surviving cinema.

The restored Hippodrome cinema in Bo'ness, near Falkirk, will screen a series of "rare and classic films" over the three-day event.

Silent film A-listers such as Clara Bow, Laurel and Hardy, and Buster Keaton will all be making an appearance on screen, Falkirk Council said.

Audience members have been encouraged to come dressed in 20s style.

The festival finale features David Allison, of Glasgow-based Island Tapes, who will perform his critically-acclaimed score for the horror classic Nosferatu.

Festival director Alison Strauss said almost 1,000 tickets to the event, which runs from 18-20 March.


"There is going to be a great buzz and everyone can be part of the festival vibe, whether it's at the music and film 'jam' session in the park with the youth team or audience participation at the Laurel and Hardy triple-bill," she said.

"The Hippodrome is more than a cinema of bricks and mortar - and the festival is the perfect expression of the Hippodrome's place as the heart of the community and as the birthplace of cinema in Scotland."

The cinema was built in 1911 by Bo'ness cinematography pioneer Louis Dickson and designed by local architect Matthew Steele.

It reopened in 2009 following a £2m refurbishment and is now run by Falkirk Council.

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