Hippodrome Theatre

Hales Street,
Coventry, CV1 1JD

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Previously operated by: Barrasford Circuit

Previous Names: New Hippodrome Theatre

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Hippodrome Theatre

The New Hippodrome Theatre replaced an earlier Hippodrome Theatre located on Pool Meadow, which had opened in 1884. This New Hippodrome Theatre was opened on 31st December 1906. It was operated by Thomas Barrasford and featured films as part of its variety programme using the Barragraph projector. In May 1909, Ruffles Bioscope was presenting “Land of the Midnight Sun” and “Life in Africa” on the screen. After the end of World War I in 1918, films were no longer presented in the variety programme.

During the 1920’s and up to at least 1927, the latest news was presented on the screen via the Hipposcope.

In December 1936, construction work began on the New Hippodrome Theatre built adjacent to the old Hippodrome Theatre. The Hippodrome Theatre was closed in October 1937 when the Art Deco style New Hippodrome Theatre (later known as the Coventry Theatre) opened on 1st November 1937 (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The ‘old’ Hippodrome Theatre was later demolished.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on July 19, 2012 at 12:41 pm

The Hippodrome in 1910: View link:

rivest266 on July 24, 2021 at 9:37 am

On December 31st, 1906 the Hippodrome theatre opened its doors. The grand opening advertisement has been published in the photo section.

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