Jeely Jars for Cinema Tickets
Reviving the Hippodrome’s Heyday
During the heyday of the Hippodrome cinema, Bo’ness, children could exchange an empty bottle or jar for their cinema ticket. In the newly refurbished cinema, we’ve named our Saturday morning children’s film screenings “Jeely Jars” and we’re offering you the chance to revive this fine old tradition this Saturday.
Once per season we offer 2 tickets for the price of 1 for everybody who donates a clean, empty jam jar (with its lid). The jars will be used by the Georgian Kitchen in Callendar House for jam-making.
The Jeely Jar Special this season is a great introduction to silent movies. Astrid Shearer, Audience Development Officer said, “we’re really proud of the Hippodrome’s unique heritage and we like to think that, although we do show the latest releases, we also celebrate our place in cinema history, and give our audience the opportunity to see some exceptional and rarely screened films.”
Starring Buster Keaton, Steamboat Bill Jr tells a father son story. A college-educated but simple-minded son is transformed and triumphs when he helps his burly, red-necked, hard-working steamboat captain father when a rival tycoon tries to take over their Mississippi steamboat business - and he also gets the girl.
But this film is most famous for the stunning stunt sequences: Keaton did all his own, and the “cyclone sequence” has become legendary in film history. The studio built an entire townscape, which was systematically destroyed as hurricane winds rip through the neighborhood. Keaton’s iconic stunt - the classic falling house façade, which only narrowly avoids killing him because he happens to be standing where the window lands, has arguably never been bettered.
The Hippodrome, acknowledging our unique place in Scotland’s cinema history, is rapidly becoming the home of silent cinema in Scotland. As the first, purpose built picture palace in Scotland, opening originally in 1912, and with our 1928 decorative scheme restored, there couldn’t be a more fitting setting to view films from the golden age of early cinema. Whilst there are a handful of silent film festivals across the world (Italy, the US, Brazil, Germany and New Zealand), there is no festival in Scotland dedicated to silent cinema. With this in mind a festival of silent cinema at the Hippodrome is planned for spring 2011.
Steamboat Bill Jrwill screen at the Hippodrome on Saturday 10 July at 11am. Tickets cost £2.10, but if you bring a “jeely jar” we’ll give you 2-for-1 tickets. The Hippodrome box office, and the café, open 45 minutes before the start of the film and close as the film begins. There is usually no need to book ahead, but if you’d prefer to then please contact our central box office in The Steeple, Falkirk, telephone 01324 506850.
Original article on IMC Scotland: http://www.indymediascotland.org/node/20126