Hippodrome Theatre

1120 Sixth Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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Tinseltoes on September 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

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

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 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 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 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 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 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

Bway on August 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Here is a photo of the Hippodrome in the 1930s

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AlAlvarez on May 10, 2010 at 6:42 am

Beautiful shot. Note the Hotel Algonquin in the background.

Tinseltoes on February 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Here’s a 1939 view of the Hippodrome in the first stages of demolition:
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Tinseltoes on February 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Here’s a 1930 view of the B.F. Keith’s marquee: View link 116

jflundy on October 28, 2009 at 3:52 pm

A 1939 World’s Fair Guide lists the Hippodrome Theatre as a being a professional Jai Alai venue, the only one in NYC at the time. How long did it last ?

kencmcintyre on August 18, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Here is a 1929 photo currently being advertised on eBay:

jalvar on July 19, 2009 at 8:57 am

There is a segment in NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOWBUSINESS that takes place in the Hippodrome. Probobly special effects but very well done and showing the water tank effects.

AlAlvarez on April 23, 2009 at 7:52 am

Charles Chaplin in person, 1916.

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bflonyguy on March 6, 2009 at 6:12 am

When I worked in this dreary, non-descript building in the 1980s, the address was 1120 Avenue of the Americas (in case anyone goes searching for the site).

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 11, 2008 at 10:27 am

A thorough and delightful history of the Hippodrome by 97-year-old Jack Robinson, who actually attended the theatre many times during its final years, is featured in the Second Quarter 2008 issue of Marquee, the journal of Theatre Historical Society of America. Numerous illustrations include an ultra-rare view of the huge auditorium in the process of demolition. The article won a prize in THSA’s annual Jeffrey Weiss Literary Competition, and is highly recommended. A subscription to Marquee is part of annual membership in THSA. More details can be found at www.historictheatres.org

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 31, 2008 at 9:58 am

Some of the introductory information needs to be changed. Vaudeville and movies came late to the Hippodrome, which was originally home to spectacular stage presentations of many types, including plays, musicals, circuses, rodeos, etcetera. The Capitol Theatre, which opened in 1919 (eight years before the Roxy), had more seats than the Hippodrome, and became the largest theatre in Manhattan until the Roxy’s arrival.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 31, 2008 at 9:42 am

In the spring of Depression-wracked 1932, the RKO Hippodrome was claiming to be “the biggest entertainment bargain” in New York City. Complete shows lasted from four to five hours, and included two feature movies, eight acts of vaudeville, several newsreels, short subjects, and cartoons. Prices ranged from 25 cents during the day to 50 cents at night (75 cents on Saturday and Sunday).

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 14, 2006 at 8:37 am

After eighteen months of roadshowing elsewhere, Paramount’s aviation epic “Wings” finally entered general relase in January 1929, prompting the RKO Hippodrome to support its engagement with a colossal stage production (with a cast of 100!) that re-created the longest and bloodiest battle of the Great War of 1913-18:

BrooklynJim on September 17, 2006 at 10:21 am

A half dozen pix of the Hippodrome and interesting text can be found at the link below:


Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 24, 2006 at 12:51 pm

During this February, 1927 ad, the Hippodrome was the second largest NYC theatre showing movies (preceded by the Capitol), but in another month it would drop to third place due to the opening of the Roxy:

KenFletcher on August 24, 2006 at 8:53 am

Does anyone know about the mural “The Thousand Horses” that was painted in the building by artist J. Charles Schnorr?