Hippodrome Theatre

12 N. Eutaw Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Tinseltoes on August 2, 2012 at 7:12 am

Pictured in this 1973 trade report: Boxoffice

TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Thanks again Brad, like the Paramount in the background.

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.

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.

TLSLOEWS on April 6, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Nice old photo ken mc.

Tinseltoes on December 9, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Here’s a film-stage booking from June/July 1939. Frank Sinatra was probably on the bill as one of the singers with the Harry James Orchestra, but he’s not mentioned in the ad: http://inkspots.ca/GROUP-3-HIPPODROME.JPG

TLSLOEWS on November 6, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Nice to see that it is still there.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 20, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Here is a nice close-up of the Hippodrome Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 13, 2008 at 8:46 am

This is a larger version of the photo at the top of this page. Year given for photo is 1918.

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 3, 2007 at 8:32 am

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2000

Hippodrome Theatre (added 2000 – Building – #99001670)
Also known as B-2338
12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore (Independent City)
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Architect, builder, or engineer: Singer-Pentz Construction Co., Lamb, Thomas White
Architectural Style: Beaux Arts
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation, Performing Arts
Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1925-1949
Owner: State
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Vacant/Not In Use

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 8, 2006 at 6:07 am

Here is a photo of the Hippodrome Theater.

kencmcintyre on September 15, 2006 at 5:02 pm

Here is a 1921 photo. The featured film starred Charlie Chaplin and Uncle Fester:

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.

RayBentley on January 23, 2006 at 1:29 pm

In the last years of the earlier Hippodrome incarnation, I rented the theatre the first weekend of each month and held giant ALL NIGHT MOVIE fests that started at midnight and lasted til dawn. We ran these from 1978 to 1986. Huge crowds, generally well behaved. Some of the best included an all night FRIDAY THE 13th fest, a gangsterthon with SCARFACE, and a Freak-a-thon including John Waters PINK FLAMINGOES. We drew from 1500 to 3500 people each weekend.

kencmcintyre on January 21, 2006 at 2:37 pm

For all of you structural engineers out there, here is a link to the renovation of the theater:
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rotscegner on November 18, 2005 at 3:04 am

Hi All,
My grandmother’s uncle was Phillip Scheck, of Pearce and Scheck who started the Hippodrome and several other theatres in Baltimore (and produced shows in DC and Balto too—my grandmother played pianon in their silent film theaters). I’m looking for any biographical info on Mr. Scheck that anyone could provide me—our family has a history in filmmaking and producing shows, musicians etc and we’d love to know more about Mr. Scheck. I did find out that Mr. Pearce and Mr. Scheck lived next to each other in 1930 in Baltimore, etc. Any info y'all can provide would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
email me at:

gmorrison on November 1, 2005 at 1:06 am

Hello Stevebob!

Yes. It read: Trans-Lux Hippodrome

Glenn M.
Wash., DC

stevebob on October 29, 2005 at 4:42 am

The pre-restoration marquee of the Hippodrome appears a number of times in the John Waters film “Cecil B. Demented”. There’s some space before the word “HIPPODROME”, as though another word had been removed. My guess was that it had been a chain name like RKO, Loew’s, etc., but it’s not clear from the comments above what it might have been. Does anyone know?

I found a pic:
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RedDawg on October 10, 2005 at 2:11 pm

Mr. Chowning, I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally and privately sometime. Kindly leave me a message at Thank you. -RedDawg

rmchowning on October 10, 2005 at 9:52 am

As a futher note to the comment above regarding the commercialization of the theatre post renovation, I can say that much of the naming rights issues that you mentioned were a result of the non-profit Hippodrome Foundation using the naming as a fundraising tool to help fund their contribution to the product. I’ll take responsibility for the car. Regardless, the project is a true public/private partnership, which state and local government, local philanthropists, corporate intersts (including Clear Channel Entertainment, for whom I work), and private individuals coming together to put together the approximately $68,000,000 to fund the project. Amazing, if you ask me, and much cheaper than trying to construct a new facility of this size (150,000 sq feet), which would have been more than double to money.

Regarding movies, we have been show movies every quarter, with the next taking place in February. Tickets are always $7, and available only at the theatre box office. Our general philosophy at this point regarding the films we show is the try and appeal to the widest audience possible. We try to schedule a true “classic” film, a family title, something the appeal to the African-American audience, and some type of contemporary “classic”. Attendence thusfar has been slim, but we continue to persevere and hope that it will build. Check our website for the annoucement of the films. www.france-merrickpac.com

And by the way, the correct phone number for the facility is 410-837-7400.