Hippodrome Theatre

526-528 Delaware Street,
Leavenworth, KS 66048

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Hippodrome Theatre

The Hippodrome Theatre opened Febrauary 1, 1913 exclusively for motion pictures. It was the first Leavenworth theatre to have its screen at the rear of the facility. In 1914, the venue installed a Photophone to automate music accompaniment with silent films. The theatre closed in the Fall of 1926.

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SethG on May 15, 2024 at 1:57 pm

The address is wrong. Should be 524-526. The building was looking very seedy in the 2000s, but has been renovated, probably closer to its historic appearance. It is used as an event space.

SethG on May 15, 2024 at 1:59 pm

It looks like this theater was a remodel of a livery stable built between 1889 and 1897.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 29, 2024 at 12:28 pm

Here are two relevant paragraphs about the Hippodrome from the 1921 book Hstory of Leavenworth County by Jesse A. Hall and Leroy T. Hand:

“Thomas J. Brown, the manager of the Hippodrome of Leavenworth, Kansas, is a well known business man and very successful in his present line of work. The Hippodrome Theater, with Thomas J. Brown and Frank J. Warren as owners, has a reputation of giving clean, high class pictures. This theater is located at 526-528 Delaware Street.

“In February, 1915, Mr. Brown bought an interest in the Hippodrome from Frank J. Warren, who continued as his partner. They have two shows every afternoon and evening of the week with the exception of Saturdays and Sundays, when the show is continuous.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 29, 2024 at 1:30 pm

The book I cited in my previous comment also says that C. F. Mensing “…came to Leavenworth in 1908 and remodeled the old McKelvery livery barn into the Hippodrome Skating Rink….” Mr. Mensing later took control of a rival skating rink, the Coliseum, and it was presumably after that when the Hippodrome was converted into a movie house.

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