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Newcastle Hippodrome from 'Cinemas of Newcastle' by Frank Manders

Above - The Newcastle Hippodrome from 'Cinemas of Newcastle' by Frank Manders

Programme for 'The Love Birds' at The Hippodrome Newcastle - 1926The Newcastle Hippodrome was built in August 1909 as a skating rink complete with a large white dome on the top. It was known then as 'The White City'.

In 1910 it was altered and reopened as a cinema but the management of the Olympia cinema next door objected and so it then became the 'Dreamland Ballroom de Luxe' instead, opening on February 10th and running as such until August 1912.

It was then turned into a Variety Theatre, and renamed The Hippodrome and was redesigned with the dome removed. It closed 20th. May 1933.

A 'Pizza Palace' now stands on the site.

Right - Programme for 'The Love Birds' at The Hippodrome Newcastle - 1926.

Detail of Programme for 'The Love Birds' at The Hippodrome Newcastle - 1926

Above - Detail of Programme for 'The Love Birds' at The Hippodrome Newcastle - 1926

 

Site of the Hippodrome in 2003 - Courtesy Gareth Price.

Above - Site of the Hippodrome in 2003 - Courtesy Gareth Price.

Also see:

Newcastle Theatre - A personal reminiscence by Donald Auty.

Pantomimes in Newcastle 50 Years Ago by Donald Auty.

Moss Empires' Theatres in the Fifties by Donald Auty.

Also see article on Britain's Hippodrome Theatres