Shirley Temple anyone?!

Shona Mooney has composed a HippFest soundtrack for Annie Laurie.
Shona Mooney has composed a HippFest soundtrack for Annie Laurie.

Its world premieres and big name stars may grab the headlines but the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema has something for everyone.

While the beautifully restored art deco cinema may be the main attraction, the festival is spreading to several other venues in the town which are hosting fun events.

The pop-up cinema at Bo’ness Steam Railway sold out quickly but there are plenty of other treats in store.

One workshop in Bo’ness Town Hall, A Taste of the Silver Screen, offers a glimpse into the private world of the most glamorous of people.

The fun food session on Sunday, March 22, led by Jenny Hammerton, aims to inspire people to entertain guests – Hollywood style. Naturally, Shirley Temple cocktails will be served!

There’s also a special effects make-up workshop in Bo’ness Library, on March 21, which is free – although booking is essential.

For those who really want to soak up the atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s, the Hippfest Speakeasy on Saturday, March 21, is definitely a must.

The late-night cabaret, also in the town hall, will include live performances from some of the talented musicians in town for the festival, including the lively Moishe’s Bagel and young fiddler Shona Mooney.

While it may kindle the spirit of the Prohibition era, this event will be licensed, so it is strictly for over-18s. Doors open at 9.30pm.

Visit to find out more. Library events can be booked on 01506 778520 or call the box office on 01324 508650.