Hippodrome Theatre

Green Lane,
Derby, DE1 1RT

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70mmbobbyj on August 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

Sorry to report,but another small fire today.

70mmbobbyj on March 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm

yet another major “FIRE”, The developers seem hell bent on completely destroying this building.

Jazzfan on February 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

A point I have not seen made yet is that in its heyday the Hippodrome was an important Jazz venue. Many of Britain’s biggest stars played there, including Ken Colyer, Chris Barber, Kenny Baker, Sir John Dankworth and Humphrey Lyttleton (whose band accompanied the great Jimmy Rushing on one occasion). If it is ever restored as a theatre, I hope that that tradition will resume.

70mmbobbyj on July 20, 2014 at 3:05 am

Happy birthday old lady, 100 years today.

regal1987 on October 13, 2013 at 5:21 am

the for sale sign reads : potential redevelopment

                      development site
                                      freehold with
                                      vacant possession
                                      call savills
                                      0115 934 8050
regal1987 on October 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

just been to see the the hippodrome today and just to update you its now up for sale with possible redevelopment i fear demolition is not to far away

Ian on September 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

The very damaged remains of the building are still there, awaiting some form of restoration.

regal1987 on September 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm

does anyone know if this building is still standing has im planning a trip to derby next week

70mmbobbyj on April 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Latest news in, the recent appraisal survey has found the vast majority want this Theatre restored. The estimated cost,£15.million

woody on December 1, 2010 at 3:01 am

Council force owner to make repairs (just for safety not for making it weather tight sadly)
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quite how they can accept the damage was done accidentally is unbelievable especially with footage of it being done on youtube

70mmbobbyj on July 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

Derby city council to REFUSE planning application. Planning meeting on 8th July 2010.

Ian on February 25, 2010 at 1:40 am

One year on from Ken’s comment above, and there seems to be little progress on the Hippodrome saga.

Night photo from February 2010 here:–


Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 21, 2009 at 9:25 am

A vintage photograph of the Hippodrome Theatre in 1923:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 28, 2009 at 7:21 am

Three photographs taken in February 2009, showing the current condition of this Grade II Listed building (with the text of the listing application on the first photo):

As the days pass to months, I see it becoming less likely that Mr Anthony, the owner of the building, will be brought to justice for the vandalism/damage he has caused to this beautiful theatre….Or even restore the building to how it was just over one year ago.

All the laws and legal statutes of the land are in place to protect a building like this, and yet they have been totally flouted by the authorities, Derby City Council and the police, who just stood by and watched the building being torn apart.

woody on February 25, 2009 at 8:56 am

it gets worse, now Derby council are allowing the “developer” to submit plans to turn the site into a mutli storey car park
the irony being that the Hippodrome overlooks a huge derelict hole in the ground that used to be a multi storey car park that was demolished a few years ago (part of which was was formerly the Black Prince Cinema)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 30, 2008 at 5:20 am

On the night of 27th November 2008, the urban explorer group ‘28 Days Later’ managed the get inside the devastated Hippodrome Theatre to record the current status of the building. Here are their amazing photographs:
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hanksykes on May 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Having viewed this Hippodrome Theater in the 1990’s ,then being used as a bingo hall which was in splendid condition, I’m appauled to see what devistation the current owner has wrought upon this fine structure.

Ian on April 10, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Latest news

Derby Hippodrome High Court judgement welcomed by The Theatres Trust

10th April 2008

Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust attended the High Court hearing held today in London where Derby City Council (the claimant) applied for an injunction to prevent the owner of the Derby Hippodrome (the respondent) from carrying out further demolition of the theatre. In the three and a half hour hearing the owner continued to assert that his experts declared the building was unsafe and required demolition, contrary to the views of the Council and English Heritage who considered that the building was safe to the public on the street and could be saved.

The respondent’s barrister stated that the owner was not required by listed building legislation to preserve the theatre and intended to demolish the building. He raised the issue of asbestos in the safety curtain and that this continued to pose a health and safety risk. The owner wanted to remove it by using a machine to go in and lift it out of the building. He said that the proscenium would not survive this process of removal.

Mhora Samuel said, “I was very concerned to hear that the owner’s approach to making the building safe would result in the loss of the proscenium. I am pleased that the final judgement issued by the court identified that it is a criminal offence to undertake works to a listed building without consent, and that whilst he was not in a position to adjudicate on this matter, the judge did state that advance notice of the works to the roof on the 28 March had not been given to Derby City Council. I now urge the Council to proceed with prosecution and enforcement to have the theatre restored.”

The view of the judge, Mr Justice Saunders, was that the status quo should be retained until a proper trial could take place but issues of health and safety were serious considerations that needed attention. Faced with ‘two sets of experts diametrically opposed to each other’, both parties agreed to the appointment of an independent expert who would produce a report on the state of the building for a further hearing on the week beginning 21 April. In the meantime the judge ordered that the health and safety issues in the building be kept under close scrutiny by both parties.

mortonbg on April 2, 2008 at 12:53 pm

This is absolutely appalling. I can not believe that laws designed to protect a listed building should be so blatantly ignored.

Ian on March 29, 2008 at 6:33 am

Three further photos of the Derby Hippodrome, taken in 2007, here:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 28, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Five photographs of the exterior of the Hippodrome Theatre I took in October 2003, when operating as a Walkers Bingo Club:
Macklin Street side:
Green Lane side:
This rare view of the theatre was only revealed to view in recent years by the demolition of housing on Cromptom Street, which had hidden it for over 80 years:

Ian on March 28, 2008 at 2:41 pm

Devastating news. This was a structurally sound building of national importance.

A press release will be issued in the next days regarding this destruction.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Here are two You-Tube videos:
History-As It Was: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=d2wfRrTMNhY
‘Remedial Repairs’ being carried out by the owner on 27th March 2008:
A very sad day!

Ian on May 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm

A few exterior photos of the Hippodrome (taken May 2007) here:–

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 25, 2007 at 4:23 am

The Walkers Bingo Club operation at the Hippodrome Theatre closed on 26th January 2007.