Empire Theatre

111 Eighth Street,
Quincy, IL 62301

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 4, 2014 at 8:58 pm

This house opened in 1893 as the Empire Theatre and was later renamed the Hippodrome, then became the Empire Hippodrome, and apparently went back to just the Empire Theatre during its last years. An item in the June 21, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World told of the first change of name and policy for the theater:

“The Empire Theater, at Quincy, has forsaken the dramatic field, it is reported, and will reopen August 25, as the Hippodrome, featuring vaudeville and moving pictures. All seats will be ten cents, seven days a week. It is announced that the highest class attractions have been booked in Quincy, but have not been profitable.”
Here is an early interior photo of the Empire Theater. The description, which does not mention the name change, says that the house closed in 1926.

The same source has an advertisement for the inaugural performance at the Empire Theatre, which took place on December 21, 1893.

This advertisement for a performance at the Empire Hippodrome Theatre dates from January, 1915.

It also looks like the Hippodrome era was over by 1921. The Empire Theatre in Quincy, Illinois, is listed in the 1921 Cahn guide. I’ve come across a few references to events at the Empire Theatre in the early 1920s, but no more mentions of the name Hippodrome.

BWinking on January 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm

if you use the street view and look at 115 north 8th you can see an arch above the front door, above that the metal connectors that held the sign to the building are visible when looking at it in person, the building at the North West corner of 8th and Maine was a Saloon and that building is still there also.

BWinking on January 27, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Not Torn Down; The Building at 115 north 8th street in Quincy Illinois was the Hippodrome Theater. the big sign was on the front of that building, I have seen multiple pictures of it and my Mother in Law lived there until 1991, it the “Hippodrome” was converted into an apartment building