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The Hippodrome Theatre replaced an earlier Hippodrome Theatre located on Pool Meadow, which had opened in 1884. This Hippodrome Theatre was opened in 1906. It featured films as part of its variety programme from the early days. In May 1909, Ruffles Bioscope was presenting “Land of the Midnight Sun” and “Life in Africa” on the screen. After the end of World War I in 1918, films were no longer presented in the variety programme.
During the 1920’s and up to at least 1927, the latest news was presented on the screen via the Hipposcope.
In December 1936, construction work began on the New Hippodrome Theatre built adjacent to the Hippodrome Theatre. The Hippodrome Theatre was closed in October 1937 when the Art Deco style New Hippodrome Theatre (later known as the Coventry Theatre) opened on 1st November 1937. The ‘old’ Hippodrome Theatre was later demolished.
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