Dudley Hippodrome

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Dudley Hippodrome
Hippodrome.JPG
Vacant building of the Dudley Hippodrome
Address Castle Hill
Dudley
England
Coordinates 52°30′49″N 2°04′35″W / 52.5135°N 2.0765°W / 52.5135; -2.0765
Owner Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Capacity 1,750 (original)
1,507 (1967)[1]
Current use Vacant (since 2009)
Construction
Opened 19 December 1938 (19 December 1938)[2]
Closed 1964
Years active 1938 - 1964[1]
Architect A. Hurley Robinson[1]
Website
www.dudleyhippo.co.uk

The Dudley Hippodrome is a theatre in the town of Dudley, West Midlands, England. The Hippodrome was built in 1938 on the site of the Dudley Opera House, which was destroyed by fire in 1937,[2] and remained open as a variety theatre until 1964, Throughout the 1980s it was a cinema. It was subsequently operated as a bingo hall by Gala Bingo, closing in 2009.

Since 2009 it has been owned by Dudley Council, with plans to demolish the site to make way for redevelopment, though local campaigners are protesting these proposals, favouring a return to theatre use instead.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hippodrome (Dudley)". Theatres Database. The Theatres Trust. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Ned (2008). Dudley Rediscovered. Wolverhampton: Uralia Press. p. 149. ISBN 1 898 528 08 X. 
  3. ^ "Experts wait in wings to help save Dudley Hippodrome". Express & Star. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 

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