Tameside Hippodrome Theatre

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

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Originally opened in 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 s 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. Its future is uncertain.

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 5:45 am

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

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 14, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Address is 40 Oldham Road.

Ian
Ian on March 14, 2008 at 4:17 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 2:57 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.

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