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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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 13, 2006 at 2:57 pm

Films! Feburary 16 Rebel without a Cause, on the 17th, Malcolm X, on the 18th, “Looney Tunes” and on the 19th In Cold Blood. See official website for times and more information.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 15, 2006 at 5:02 pm

Here is a 1921 photo. The featured film starred Charlie Chaplin and Uncle Fester:
http://tinyurl.com/r6gd9

nonsportsnut
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
Thanks,

Frank Reighter

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 6, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Nice to see that it is still there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Nice old photo ken mc.

wewinnow
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
TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Thanks again Brad, like the Paramount in the background.

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