520 S. Main Street,
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For a town of fifty-thousand residents, Joplin had a good share of beautiful movie palaces. Clustered along the main downtown shopping district were the Fox, Hippodrome, Orpheum, and Paramount.
All that is known about the Hippodrome Theatre is that it opened in 1917 and closed in 1934, to become a parking garage. It can be seen in vintage postcard views of Joplin’s South Main Street. Judging from these images the Hippodrome Theatre sat just a couple of doors North of the Orpheum Theatre, across from the Paramount Theatre.
Google Maps function indicate that the Hippodrome was located inside a "nickeldoen" Neo-Classical styled building that now sits abandoned and boarded up. The auditorium has been demolished.
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