Hippodrome Wall Display
This is the complete wall display on view in Timothy Hackworth’s house, Shildon.
Whilst the caption says “The Picture House, Station Street” (later Essoldo) it is actually the Hippodrome.
Reference is made to the town’s cinemas being small and unhygienic;the Rex, was indeed small and hardly the cleanest of establishments.The Essoldo was even smaller although quite clean- at least until its latter days….. The Hippodrome was larger than both the Rex and the Essoldo put together and had high standards of hygiene.
The photo insert at the top left of the display is of the Stalls with a few Bingo players waiting for ‘eyes down’ in, I am guessing, the 1980’s. I base this assumption on the apparent lack of house tabs which were retained for many years after it showed its last film and presented its last stage show.
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