Hippodrome Theatre

Snargate Street,
Dover, CT17

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Hippodrome Theatre

Built on the site of the Clarence Theatre which had opened in 1790 and was demolished in 1897. The Tivoli Theatre was opened in June 1897. It soon was re-named Theatre Royal and in the 1900’s was re-named Royal Hippodrome Theatre. By 1911 it was presenting films as part of the variety programme. Mainly used as a variety theatre where many top named stars appeared, it did occasionally play films into the 1930’s.

The Hippodrome Theatre was badly damaged by a German bomb on 18th September 1944. It never re-opened and the remains of the building were demolished in 1951, and the site became a timber yard.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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