Broadway Theater

Washington Avenue and W. 7th Street,
Covington, KY 41011

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Architects: Anthony Kunz, Jr.

Previous Names: Nowland Opera House, Hippodrome Theater

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The Broadway Theater began as the Nowland Opera House in 1893. In 1912 the name was changed to the Hippodrome Theater which had vaudeville shows and motion picture presentations. On January 14, 1917 the Hippodrome Theater burned down. It was rebuilt the same year. In 1924, the theater was leased out to some local businessmen and completely remodeled.

In 1928, L.B. Wilson and his associates purchased the Hippodrome Theater. In 1930 it underwent extensive remodeling. At this time a contest was held to find a suitable name for the remodeled theater. The winning entry was Broadway Theatre which opened on August 9, 1930.

The Broadway Theater closed in June 1952 and was demolished in 1953. A parking lot is located on the site.

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hanksykes on July 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm

A recent article in the Kentucky Post says that in 1936 the Miss Kentucky Beauty Contest was held there and that Charlotte Hiteman was the winner.The Hippodrome Theater lasted into the early 1960’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 22, 2012 at 4:04 am

Here is a photo of the Broadway Theatre in the 1930s. Note that the old Hippodrome sign is still on the roof above the Broadway marquee.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Items in various issues of The American Contractor in 1917 indicate that the architect for the rebuilding of the Hippodrome Theatre was Anthony Kunz, Jr. Kunz is best known for a number of Roman Catholic churches and school buildings he designed in the greater Cincinnati area during the first half of the 20th century.

rivest266 on June 15, 2022 at 10:39 am

renamed Broadway on August 9th, 1930. Ad posted.

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