London Hippodrome Theatre

10 Cranbourne Street,
London, WC2H 7AG

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Ian on July 16, 2012 at 2:34 am

More recent photos of the restoration process in this set:– HIPPODROME RESTORATION

HowardBHaas on July 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Guardian article with a photo

TLSLOEWS on August 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I agree Amazing photos Ian,and interesting 45 cover woody.

woody on March 8, 2010 at 3:31 am

amazing pictures Ian!

the theatre featured on the cover of Talk of the Town by the Pretenders, showing the neon sign in the late 70's

Ian on March 7, 2010 at 1:32 am

Further to the above, I had the opportunity to tour the Hippodrome last week, during the rebuilding work. There is now no trace of the stalls projection box, which must have been swept away on conversion to the Talk of the Town in 1958. However there is a large projection box at the rear of the Gallery, not mentioned above. It is difficult to say if this is original or a later addition as much of the plasterwork is missing, however I would GUESS that it is a later, maybe 1920’s or 30’s construction. The portholes are bricked up (again some considerable time ago). Perhaps this was built for the trade and public screenings at the end of the 1920’s?

There is also a charming cartoon mural backstage painted by Rolf Harris after a stint at the venue in 1979!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on November 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Vintage photographs, memorabilia and more history, as well as recent photographs here: