Waco Hippodrome Theatre

724 Austin Avenue,
Waco, TX 76701

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DavidZornig on September 16, 2016 at 11:21 am

This link has two 1920 interior photos as well.


DavidZornig on September 16, 2016 at 11:19 am

May 1920 photo added of the original Hippodrome exterior, photo credit Fred Gildersleeve & courtesy of the Texas Scotish Rite History Collection. Via the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum in Waco. This would be before the 1928 fire mentioned in the Overview.

dallasmovietheaters on February 19, 2016 at 12:34 am

Architected by Lang & Witchell

hopewell on March 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

According to the local news, the Waco Hippodrome WILL remain open for the moment.

TLSLOEWS on February 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

Nice looking theatre.

CSWalczak on February 26, 2010 at 12:07 am

This theater has, at least for now, suspended operations due to financial problems: http://www.kxxv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12044261

texas25th on October 31, 2007 at 8:19 pm

The following statement is from a dear friend and very knowlegable Theatre organist and longtime Waco resident, Mr Jim Pitts.

Pilsher built the organ but it was NOT a theatre organ in the strict sense. The organ was not installed in chambers but sat divided on both sides of the proscenium, perched atop access foyers to the stage and dressing room area. It was later sold to First Methodist Church of Waco and was removed before a fire in the theatre destroyed much of the stage and screen. The organ survived the 1953 tornado which unroofed the church and sent the steeple crashing down on the console. Actually, poor installation saved the organ from water and storm damage as the shutters were installed horizontally and fell closed when the wind supply ceased. This fault sealed the organ from outside influence during the massive storm. It was resurrected in the new First Methodist Church and two additional ranks and a new console were added by Robert Markham. With the building of a much larger sanctuary later, the organ fell into disrepair and was replaced with a 33-rank Shantz ~ but it still lives and plays today. A small protestant church in south Texas bought it about three years ago and it has been rebuilt and enlarged. The old gal is still going, and on its original blower, too. Efforts to reclaim the organ for the Hippodrome were not successful as there was no possible means to install it in the theatre’s current configuration.

annabelltoo on September 30, 2006 at 7:51 pm

At this time, I am working on the life and memories of Mary Holliday. Ms. Holliday was the first female radio announcer in the State of Texas and she hosted the Jones Fine Bread Kiddie Matinee at the Waco from 1932 to approximately 1956.

I am hosting a re-enactment of the show as a part of the Waco History Project at the theater on Friday, November 10th at 7 p.m.

jennidew on August 31, 2004 at 7:17 pm

1) I would love to know where you found the postcard of the theater. It’s beautiful and I’ve never seen a copy of it.

2) Jake, the board hasn’t got the money it will take to renovate the 25th Street. Unfortunately, this theater is probably going to see the wrecking ball. I work for the City of Waco and the things I’ve heard is for awhile it was repairable, but really would take several millions to now restore.

3) I am now working on a project concerning the life of Mary Holliday, host of the Kiddie’s matinee that was performed at the Waco Theater in the 30’s and 40’s. If you know anyone who performed, sang, worked or went to the matinees, please have them contact me at

JV2k4 on March 27, 2004 at 6:12 pm

can the people who restored the Hippodrome restore the 25th Street Theatre?

John P Keating Jr
John P Keating Jr on December 1, 2003 at 3:50 pm

I was in the army in nearby Fort Hood, Texas in 1955 to 1957. I saw “Giant” with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean at the Waco Theater.