Hippodrome Theatre

Bolton, BL1

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Hippodrome Theatre

Located in the centre of Bolton, Lancashire. The New Empire Theatre was opened on 24th August 1908. It was a handsome building (architect unknown) which dominated Deansgate, opposite the Post Office. It was owned by Thomas Hay. Within a month of opening, it was playing films as part of the programme, and was soon re-named Hippodrome Theatre.

Taken over by the H.D. Moorhouse(HDM) chain around 1916 under the Bolton & Entertainment Co. Ltd., it had become a full time cinema. British Thomson-Houston(BTH) sound equippment was installed in the late-1920’s.

Cinema use continued until the early-1940’s, when it became Bolton’s repertory theatre. It was closed in 1961, and was demolished. The site is now a car park.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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