Silent stars shine in fifth Hippodrome festival of silent cinema

Members of Moishe's Bagel preview their new soundtrack for Salt for Svanetia as part of Hippfest
Members of Moishe's Bagel preview their new soundtrack for Salt for Svanetia as part of Hippfest

Music and movies are once again being brought to life as the programme for the fifth Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema is announced.

Scotland’s oldest purpose built cinema, the beautiful art deco Hippodrome in Bo’ness, is hosting a packed programme to celebrate its milestone birthday.

The festival will feature three world premieres of new scores alongside classic gems from legends such as Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy, proving that silent film is not merely of interest to film buffs, but well worth watching in its own right.

Having grown over the years, the festival now attracts top performers to accompany the films, but it also reaches out to the local community with events that include a fun ‘speakeasy’ at Bo’ness Town Hall, which will recreate the atmosphere of a 1930s prohibition era club - strictly for over-18s - as well as workshops showing how to entertain like a screen goddess, recreating goodies such as Joan Crawford’s favourite dinner party recipes.

There is also a wide variety of workshops for school pupils.

Accompanying the festival is a fascination exhibition of images of silent movie stars in Scotland, which will be on display in Forth Valley Royal Hospital from Tuesday, February 17 until Sunday, March 15.

Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema runs from Wednesday, March 18 to Sunday, March 22. To find out more visit or to book visit www.hippfest.co.uk. Tickets are also available from the Steeple Box Office on (01324) 506850.

Book before Tuesday, February 24 and you will save 10 per cent on festival tickets.