Broadway Theater

Washington Avenue at West 7th Street,
Covington, KY 41011

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The Broadway Theater began as the Nowland Opera House in 1893. In 1912 the name was changed to the Hippodrome Theater which had vaudeville shows and motion picture presentations. On January 14, 1917 the Hippodrome Theater burned down. It was rebuilt the same year. In 1924, the theater was leased out to some local businessmen and completely remodeled.

In 1928, L.B. Wilson and his associates purchased the Hipprodrome Theater. In 1930 it underwent extensive remodeling. At this time a contest was held to find a suitable name for the remodeled theater. The winning entry was Broadway.

The Broadway Theater remained open until the early-1950’s. The building has been demolished and a parking lot is located on the site.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 18, 2005 at 6:36 am

Here is a small photo of the former Broadway Theater in Covington.

hanksykes
hanksykes on July 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm

A recent article in the Kentucky Post says that in 1936 the Miss Kentucky Beauty Contest was held there and that Charlotte Hiteman was the winner.The Hippodrome Theater lasted into the early 1960’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 22, 2012 at 4:04 am

Here is a photo of the Broadway Theatre in the 1930s. Note that the old Hippodrome sign is still on the roof above the Broadway marquee.

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