Hippodrome Theater

808 K Street NW,
Washington, DC

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rlvjr
rlvjr on October 2, 2005 at 6:50 pm

Washington’s HIPPODROME served briefly as (I think) the original location of ARENA STAGE, now moved to custom-built quarters in SW.
Regarding the small 300 seat size for a theater named HIPPODROME, please look up the HIPPODROME New York on this site. My dad first told me about the one in New York, short-lived, it had over 5000 seats and the largest stage on Earth. Never mind. Just click-on the write-up which is extensive.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 14, 2004 at 5:47 pm

The 1931 Film Daily Year Book gives a seating capacity of 300 for the Hippodrome. If correct, it must have been one of the smallest Hippodrome Theatres on record. The name was usually used for theatres much larger than that. A dictionary definition of “hippodrome” says “an arena or structure for equestrian and other spectacles.”