Hippodrome Theatre

713 Monmouth Street,
Newport, KY 41071

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When it opened in 1915, the 2,500 seat Newport Hippodrome was the largest theater in the Northern Kentucky area. Owned by Andrew Nordmeyer and H.N. Berning, (who also owned the Covington Hippodrome,) the ‘Hipp’ was built at the cost of $50,000. Plagued by fires throughout its existence, the theater burned to the ground on April 13, 1934. It was rebuilt and re-opened in October of 1934.

The ‘Hipp’ closed for good in 1962-63 after a showing of "The Three Stooges In Orbit". The building was converted to a car wash in the 1970’s, (the Hippo Car Wash, of course,) and may have been a strip club in the 80’s before finally being torn down and used as a parking lot.

Contributed by Bill Eichelberger

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Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on December 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Part of the marquee can be seen in the left center of this view.
http://www.nkyviews.com/campbell/newport1275.htm

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 24, 2010 at 10:12 am

From Movie House to Car Wash to Strip Joint,interesting history.

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