Hippodrome Theatre

12 N. Eutaw Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Hippodrome Theatre

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The Hippodrome Theatre is the last big movie palace remaining in downtown Baltimore.

It opened on November 23, 1914, with “The Iron Masters” on the screen and various vaudeville selections. The seating capacity was for 3,000. It featured Loew’s booking until 1924, when it switched to Keith’s time.

In 1931, it got a major facelift and an impressive new marquee, in a remake that contributed to what were probably the theatre’s best years, the 1930’s.

The theater’s last live show closed in 1959. In 1963, it held the Baltimore premiere of “Cleopatra”. This brought about an unpleasant renovation that included the removal of the theater’s side boxes. Additionally, the entire auditorium was draped in rose colored silk, resembling the world’s biggest casket interior according to a News-American columnist of the day.

After stumbling through the 1970’s and 1980’s, the theater finally closed on August 19, 1990. In the late 1990’s, the State of Maryland and the City of Baltimore launched an effort to restore the theater as the keystone of renovations to the surrounding shopping district.

The theater has been restored and incorporated — along with four other historic buildings — into the massive France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. The center, designed to spark a renaissance in Baltimore’s long-dormant Westside neighborhood, seats 2,286 and will produce over 270 performances per year.

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nonsportsnut on August 25, 2007 at 5:39 pm

The Three Stooges Fan Club in Pennsylvanis is trying to document all Three Stooges personal appearances. Since the Hippodrome was one of their favorite venues, we hope someone can document (tickets, programs, newspaper ads, etc.) or approximate dates, their appearances from 1935 and the next ten years. My email is fereighter@aol..com

Frank Reighter

TLSLOEWS on November 6, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Nice to see that it is still there.

TLSLOEWS on April 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Nice old photo ken mc.

wewinnow on November 2, 2010 at 7:06 am

It was 1950 or ‘51 when a few of us hooked school and went to the Hippodrome. I remember a big guy, a commedian, throwing himself off the stage into the aisle. Later, having breakfast across the street, he came in and was very loud and rude. Thinking it was Jackie Gleason.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

This photograph of the Hippodrome Theatre was taken in 1932 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Thanks again Brad, like the Paramount in the background.

DavidZornig on April 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Undated photo added, courtesy of Steve Mettee.

rivest266 on January 29, 2017 at 3:39 pm

A more readable version of the Hippodrome grand opening ad

Found on Newspapers.com

DavidZornig on October 20, 2017 at 6:59 am

1937 image & copy added, credit Captain Bijou Facebook page.

Full page motion picture trade magazine8qd for the first Columbia Pictures' serial, JUNGLE MENACE (1937), starring Frank Buck.

The first three Columbia serials were not produced by the studio, but were made independently by the Weiss Brothers and released by Columbia. The studio established its own serial unit in 1938

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