Hippodrome Theatre

21 N. Sutter Street,
Stockton, CA 95202

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Previous Names: Unique Theatre, Empire Theatre, Aliskey Theatre, Forrest Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Strand Theatre

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Hippodrome Theatre

A theatre with many name changes. Opened on February 15, 1904 as the Unique Theatre. Then the Empire Theatre on November 19, 1906. On June 10, 1907 it became the Aliskey Theatre, followed on November 2, 1908 by the Forrest Theatre name.

It was renamed Garrick Theatre on September 12, 1909 and retained that name until 1915. It then became the Strand Theatre. On June 2, 1915 it took the Strand Theatre name and finally the Hippodrome Theatre from August 29, 1917 until it was closed in 1921.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 5, 2013 at 10:24 am

The photos show two different buildings. The Stockton theaters page has three listings for houses at 21 Sutter, two with one of the photos and one with the other photos.

The round-cornered building is listed as the Aliskey Theatre, with the aka’s Empire, Unique, Forrest, and Garrick, with the address 21 N. Sutter.

The same photo then accompanies the listing for the Garrick Theatre, with the aka’s Strand and Hippodrome, but with the address 21 S. Sutter instead of 21 N. Sutter.

The building with VAUDEVILLE on the marquee is then listed as the Hippodrome with the aka’s Unique and Garrick, and with the address 21 S. Sutter in the heading and 21 N. Sutter in the text.

The VAUDEVILLE building is mid-block, next to an alley, so the address 21 makes sense, but the theater entrance in the round-cornered building is very close to the corner, so I would expect it to have either a higher or a lower number. I think that’s the building the Stockton theaters page misidentified. The address was probably misidentified, and the theater names might have been as well. Too bad the scan is so blurry that the theater’s name is unreadable.

I’m pretty sure the address 21 N. Sutter is correct for the VAUDEVILLE building. It was probably almost directly across the street from the old Kress store which is still standing at 20 N. Sutter. The building now on the site looks to have been built in the 1920s. The alley was probably closed off to accommodate that building’s extra width.

I’m still trying to figure out where the round-cornered building was, and what theater(s) occupied it.

rivest266 on June 24, 2022 at 12:27 am

Seven grand opening ads posted, Unique February 15th, 1904, Empire November 19th, 1906, Alisky June 10th, 1907, Forrest November 2nd, 1908, Garrick September 12th, 1909, Strand June 2nd, 1915 and finally Hippodrome on August 29th, 1917. Closed 1921

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