Hippodrome Theater

1624 Beaver Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

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dallasmovietheaters on March 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Opened in 1914 as the Imperial Theater managed by Thomas Eichholz. It’s a quick casulaty and is purchased in 1915 and remodeled by Thomas Gilbert. That doesn’t do much better and in 1917, Louis Handel acquires the property and it becomes the Hippodrome under Louis Hendel with more mixing in of live vaudeveille. In 1924, Hendel sells the theater to the Browarsky Brothers Circuit which ran the theater much of its successful life.

In the TV age, the theater and area begin to slide. September 9, 1960 was the end of the line for the Hippodrome with “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and “Warlock.” A massive urban development project announced in 1960 decimated the Manchester retail district leading to the demolition of 900 buildings including the Hippodrome as well as the uprooting of its streetcar line in the creation of new roadways.

TLSLOEWS on April 22, 2010 at 3:16 am

Any photos anyone.

edblank on June 15, 2008 at 3:47 am

During the first two years of the theater’s existence, when it was known as the Imperial, it lost money trying to present vaudeville shows.

kencmcintyre on September 13, 2007 at 3:40 am

In 1963, Isaac and Harry Browarsky ran the Hippodrome, along with the Beaver Theater in Pittsburgh. They also operated the Bellevue and Linden theaters in Bellevue, PA.

jrs99 on June 21, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Wow that’s a great photo.So I guess the theater was on Beaver ave.That’s amazing,the office I work in is on the same block.It’s safe to say the theater has been long demolished.

raubre on June 18, 2007 at 11:43 pm

Is this the same theater?

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