Tameside Hippodrome Theatre

40 Oldham Road,
Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SE

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Tameside Hippodrome Theatre

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Originally opened in November 1904 as a live theatre, the Empire Hippodrome Theatre’s auditorium was completely gutted in 1933 and the present stalls, plus single balcony, Art Deco style interior was constructed. This replaced the previous two balconies plus box arrangement. The exterior was largely unchanged.

The architects responsible for the present auditorium are Drury and Gomersall, the exterior and original were by J.J. Alley.

It reopened on November 4th, 1933, was taken over by Union Cinemas in 1937 and then by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) – however it was not renamed ABC until 1963.

It closed in April 1975 and reopened as a live theatre in May 1976 with a summer film season which lasted until 1986.

Now open for live performances only, it was owned by Apollo/ SFX/Clear Channel and was last operated by Live Nation.

Its future is a little uncertain, being the weakest programmed theatre in the companies four Greater Manchester theatres. Sadly, the Tameside Hippodrome Theatre was closed on 30th March 2008 with the Tameside Open Brass Bands Championships on the stage. It was announced that the Tameside Hippodrome would be re-opened 19th August 2016.

The Tameside Hippodrome Theatre is designated a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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Ian
Ian on March 1, 2007 at 8:45 am

More pictures of the Hippodrome / ABC can be found here:–

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Ian
Ian on March 14, 2008 at 7:17 am

As the theatre prepares to go dark and get boarded up, due to failure of the Council to appoint a new management company, these pictures were taken in March 2008. 42nd Street, by the local amateur operatic society is playing to good business – but will the show go on for the theatre?

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keithdo
keithdo on July 18, 2012 at 5:57 am

In early 2012 the newly-formed Tameside Heritage and Arts Trust approached the Council with proposals to re-open the theatre as a full receiving theatre with film and digital video capability. The Council accepted the proposals in principle and work is in hand to re-open in 2013.

AshElliott
AshElliott on January 22, 2015 at 10:58 am

Does anyone have any more information on the local Cinemas? I believe there were a few, The Star, The Pavillion, The Gaumont and maybe another one or two. The reason I ask is that I know my Great Grand Uncle, Joseph (Joe) Elliott and his wife Amanda (Am) used to run one. My dad thinks it was The Star or Bug Pit as it was affectionately known. I’m not a 100% that it was that cinema but I was hoping that someone on here would have some information. Joe Elliott was born in Dukinfield and lived in and around the Ashton area. I remember my Granddad telling me stories of how the kids used to drop ice creams off the top balcony onto his head. Apparently he always dressed very smartly in a shirt and tails. Any info would be very welcome!

Derick Moss
Derick Moss on March 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Worked here as relief manager for a number of months in 1969. Broke the house box office record (like a lot did) with ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ and still have the congratulatory letter from the MD. R.A.Webster. Happy Days!

keithdo
keithdo on May 27, 2015 at 5:56 am

Hi Ash, The Star cinema was on Church Street which ran parallel to Stamford Street. It closed in 1947 and was demolished in the early 60s. The last film was Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in “Ziegfeld Follies” The archive centre at Ashton Library has photos and may have information on the management.

keithdo
keithdo on May 27, 2015 at 5:58 am

You can follow the Hippodrome progress on Facebook Derick – just search for The Hippodrome Ltd or for FOH – Friends of the Hippodrome. It would be great if you could share your memories with the 1,780 Friends of the theatre!

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