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Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore

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The Hippodrome Theatre also called the New York Hippodrome, was a theater in New York City from 1905 to 1939, located on Sixth Avenue between West 43rd and West 44th Streets in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan. It was called the world's largest theatre by its builders and had a seating capacity of 5,300, with a 100x200ft (30x61m) stage. The theatre had state-of-the-art theatrical technology, including a rising glass water tank.

The Hippodrome was built by Frederic Thompson and Elmer "Skip" Dundy, creators of the Luna Park amusement park at Coney Island, with the backing of Harry S. Black's U.S. Realty, a dominant real estate and construction company of the time, and was acquired by The Shubert Organization in 1909. In 1933, it was re-opened as the New York Hippodrome cinema, and became the stage for Billy Rose's Jumbo in 1935. Acts which appeared at the Hippodrome included numerous circuses, musical revues, Harry Houdini's disappearing elephant, vaudeville, silent movies such as Neptune's Daughter (1914) and Better Times (1922) and 1930s cinema.
The theatre closed in August 1939 for demolition, and in 1952 a large modern office building known as "The Hippodrome Center" (1120 Avenue of the Americas), opened on the site.

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  • This at one time was a vaudeville house, then a movie theatre. now it's a showcase for Broadway style shows...Located downtown Baltimore with plenty of parking and a restaurant. Shows are first rate.....  more »
  • Saw Wicked here and enjoyed the show. Atmosphere was great, plenty of bars and concessions that were readily accessible, bathrooms weren't crowded, staff was friendly. I was surprised to see the...  more »
  • Beautiful place. Beers are expensive. Parking across the street is reasonable. Staff is friendly. Plenty of security if you scared. Really can't say enough about the aesthetics of this place. Beautiful balconies and wood work throughout. Sounds was clear even fr the back of the venue. Great job with smoke and lighting. Can't wait to go back.
  • Beautiful venue. I appreciate that they had multiple bars open for snacks and drinks on each floor. We didn't have to stand in line for more than a couple minutes. The bathroom line during intermission was a different story. Get there quick!

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