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Excellent~! Welcome aboard! I’m going to send you all a link to my latest project for the Waco Hippodrome…Please post immediately, ok?
Waco Hippodrome Theater Historian
Diane: I’m Jennifer Warren and the historian for the Waco Hippodrome Theater built in 1913 in Waco, TX. The architect for our building was Roy E. Lane of Waco and two other gentlemen of Dallas. I’ve not found in any record that our building is related but the uncanny resemblance of our Hippodrome to the one in Baltimore is stunning.
If you can shed any light on which architectural firms in Texas might have been related to our building, I’d appreciate the feedback or information.
Waco Hippodrome Historian
At this time, I am working on the life and memories of Mary Holliday. Ms. Holliday was the first female radio announcer in the State of Texas and she hosted the Jones Fine Bread Kiddie Matinee at the Waco from 1932 to approximately 1956.
I am hosting a re-enactment of the show as a part of the Waco History Project at the theater on Friday, November 10th at 7 p.m.
I was honored to have a “hard hat” tour of the theater during its renovation 2 years ago. I used to work for the Waco Hippodrome Theater. Most Wacoans know it as the old Waco Theater. While our theater is not a Thomas Lamb theater, if you peruse our website, you’ll see that two of our architects must have studied under Mr. Lamb because the building front is similar.
Could you put me in contact with the engineer who assisted you in your renovation because our theater is due for a second renovation of its storefront. Any suggestions, comments or ideals for fundraising would be welcome.
And I agree with one of the previous comments: Bravo Maryland! This is beautiful and a unique piece of history restored! Bravo I say!
I knew I forgot something. Why doesn’t someone renovate the Texas Theater in McGregor? It still belongs to the widow of the original owner. I am sure she would welcome someone’s input and advice as to what to do to find backers and interested parties. It is one of the oldest theaters still standing in McLennan County. The Texas was built in 1898, but has gone unused since 1985.
Just a thought,
I too will miss the Lake Air Cinema. I felt it had more viability for renovation as a children’s theater, along the design of Linda Haskett’s group Waco Children’s Theater as they do not have a permanent home as of yet.
Jake, please notify me when and if you use the chairs. I’d love to see them again for sentimental reasons.
Theater Buff and Hippodrome Historian