Hippodrome Theatre

46 St. Nicholas Street,
Ipswich, IP1 1TT

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 Hippodrome Theatre

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The Hippodrome Theatre was opened 25th October 1905. It had seating in orchestra stalls and a single balcony. There were no boxes. The proscenium was 30 feet wide and the stage 25 feet deep, with five dressing rooms.

It was a variety theatre and around eight years after opening, it became part of the E.H. Bostock chain of variety theatres. Films were screened as part of the variety programme from the early years.

In 1929 it was taken over by the Associated British Cinemas(ABC) chain, and became a full time cinema, although some stage shows were retained in the programming. Later taken over by Regis Entertainments, and from September 1965, it was taken over by an independent operator and returned to live theatre use. The Hippodrome Theatre was closed in April 1957.

In 1958, under new owners, the exterior was modernised, and the stalls floor leveled and it became the Savoy Ballroom from June 1959. In the late-1960’s it became a bingo club, operated as a Top Rank Bingo Club and the original Frank Matcham decorations were removed, apart from the ceiling, leaving a rather plain auditorium. Bingo ceased in the early-1980’s.

The building was demolished in 1985, and an office block named Cardinal House was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak on December 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm

This webpage has an old postcard view of the Hippodrome in Ipswich and a picture of the same site as it looks today: View link

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