Darlington Hippodrome

Darlington, DL1 1RR

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terry on April 5, 2016 at 8:53 pm

When the Hippodrome does reopen I have little doubt that it will then be the town’s only remaining theatre building as CJ Phipps' Theatre Royal which survives , albeit largely rebuilt but with much of the superstructure remaining, as the Odeon (former ABC Regal) will, in all likelihood, have fallen victim to the new Vue complex.

terry on April 5, 2016 at 6:52 pm

This theatre closes at the end of May 2016 for a period of eighteen months for a £12 million refurbishment. When it reopens it will be with a ‘new’ name:–


Certainly, to revert to the original name is not before time as I always maintained that ‘Civic Theatre’ conjures up an image of a 1960’s concrete edifice as opposed to a very atmospheric Edwardian theatre.

I once mentioned this to members of the Town Council whilst I was a Manager in the town (at the ABC) and they said that the name ‘Hippodrome’ was rather ludicrous sounding. I remember ‘sticking my neck out’ and retorting that the name was certainly good enough for the major cities of Birmingham and Bristol – which did not go down awfully well…………

Common sense has finally prevailed!

AdoraKiaOra on December 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I worked on a tour of ‘A Chorus Line’ back in the mid 80s that played a week here and back then the stage facilities were very limiting to say the least. The large orchestra for the show was housed upstairs, in the funtion room, of a pub up the road from the theatre and relayed back to the auditorium.
Beautiful, atmospheric theatre, well preserved.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 16, 2008 at 1:45 am

Some photographs of the Civic Theatre…..
Exterior in November 2007:
Entrance in July 2007;
Auditorium view from a box in September 2008:
Auditorium viewed from the Dress Circle:
Auditorium viewed from the Stalls front row: