Tameside Hippodrome Theatre
40 Oldham Road,
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Firms: Drury & Gomersall
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Empire Hippodrome Theatre, New Empire Cinema, ABC Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside Theatre
News About This Theater
- Mar 17, 2008 — Tameside Hippodrome to close?
Originally opened on 21st November 1904 as a music hall theatre for the Broadhead’s Theatres chain. Films were screened as part of the opening programme. 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 as the New Empire Cinema on November 4th, 1933 and was equipped with a Compton 3 manual, 6 ranks organ, which had an illuminated surround. It was taken over by Union Cinemas in 1937 and then by Associated British Cinemas(ABC) - however it was not renamed ABC until 1963. In 1964 the council took over the building and the Compton organ was removed.
It closed on 5th 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.
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