Hippodrome Theatre

1120 Sixth Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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Hippodrome Theatre

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The Hippodrome Theatre opened on April 12, 1905. It was a massive theatre presenting spectacular shows. Later a vaudeville and movie theatre, it was closed on August 16, 1939, and was demolished.

Seating 5,697 patrons, its scale wouldn’t be replicated until the construction of the Roxy Theatre in 1927.

Today, a plain office building named the ‘Hippodrome’ sits on the site where this massive theater once delighted thousands.

Contributed by William Gabel

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 10, 2010 at 6:42 am

Beautiful shot. Note the Hotel Algonquin in the background.

Bway
Bway on August 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Here is a photo of the Hippodrome in the 1930s

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 29, 2010 at 9:43 am

Here’s a link to a batch of images and historical data: http://www.nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON027.htm

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

In its final decade, the Hippodrome was sometimes used for sporting events, such as this roller derby: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=6934

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 16, 2012 at 10:19 am

Here’s a view of a Jewish religious event at the Hippodrome in October, 1910: octaman

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 11, 2012 at 10:50 am

The Hippodrome leads off this 1926 four-page trade announcement of “The Most Significant Development in the History of Motion Pictures”: archive

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

1926 photo at bottom of this page shows grand opening under Keith’s management with vaudeville and movies: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

In 1915, the great John Philip Sousa composed the “New York Hippodrome March” in the theatre’s honor: nypl

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

Here’s a brief sound sample of Sousa’s musical tribute to the Hippodrome: amazon

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