Hippodrome Theatre

Station Road,
Aldershot, GU11 1LZ

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Hippodrome Theatre

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Located in the centre of Aldershot at the corner of Station Road and Birkett Road. The Hippdrome Theatre was opened on 3rd February 1913 with a variety bill. Seating was provided for 449 in the orchestra stalls, 258 in the dress circle, 272 in the balcony, and there were 4 boxes each seating four persons. The proscenium was 24 feet wide, and the stage 30 feet deep. There were seven dressing rooms. By March 1914 Kinemacolour films were being screened as part of the vaiety programme.

Occasional cinema shows were held in the theatre into the late-1920’s. It was refurbished in 1931, and had a ‘Grand Re-Opening’ on 6th April 1931 with twice nightly cine-variety which included the screening of “Pathe Super Sound Gazette”.

The Hippodrome Theatre presented on its stage many famous artists, including; Florrie Ford, Gracie Fields, Harry Champion, Ella Shields, Tommy Fields, Arthur Lucan (as Old Mother Riley) with Kitty McShane, Tommy Trinder and Max Miller.

The Hippodrome Theatre was closed in the mid-1950’s, and was demolished in 1962. An office & retail building known as Hippodrome House was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 21, 2012 at 7:52 pm

This page has additional history of the Hippodrome in Aldershot.

ritzman
ritzman on July 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

Location of the Hippodrome on the Google map is wrong. The Google location is that of the Palace Cinema. The Hippodrome stood on the corner of Birchett Rd (Not Birkett Rd) and Station Road. The theatre had a very imposing Edwardian facade of red brick and Portland stone with a bronze & glass canopy. Above the canopy were glass ‘torchflame’ lamps. The top of the facade was topped with a brass domed cupola that had weathered green. It was hoped the dome could be saved for the office block replacement but was removed by the demolition company who got there first!

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on July 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

I have an exterior shot. But there is a Tram in the way that ruins the shot

ritzman
ritzman on July 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Mike. Never had trams in Aldershot, its probably an Aldershot & District Traction Co. (Traco) omnibus with external stairs to the top deck. Think I know the picture you mean though.

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on July 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I have put the picture on. It is a bus showing a lack of timing :o) My eyesite is getting ….

ritzman
ritzman on July 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

That’s the picture I remember Mike, told you it was a bus ;)……….No, I wasn’t around at the time either ;)

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on December 2, 2012 at 11:50 am

@ ritzman.. I have loaded a better picture of the exterior without a bus getting in they way :o)

ritzman
ritzman on June 1, 2014 at 9:45 am

Demolition photo added

Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on June 1, 2014 at 11:54 am

@ ritzman. Thats a Good and Bad picture of the demoilition.. If you see what I mean..

ritzman
ritzman on June 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm

New photo added: closed and for sale but soon demolished 1960

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