Hulme Hippodrome

A splendid music hall with a spectacular auditorium featuring a riot of gilded Rococo plasterwork. An iconic building of social, historical and architectural significance, currently in a very poor state of repair.

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Address
Preston Street, Hulme, Manchester, M15 5EU
Risk Rating
7 (Community Rating: 1, Star Rating: 3, Risk Rating: 3 )
Owner
Gilbert Deya Ministries
Operator
Gilbert Deya Ministries
Architect
J J Alley
Date of Construction
1901
Listing
Grade II
Capacity
2,000 (estimated)

Significance

Hulme Hippodrome was last used for theatre in the 1960s, then bingo from the mid-1970s until its closure in 1986. The Floral Hall adjacent to the main theatre was then used as a snooker hall. In 2003 evangelist group Gilbert Deya Ministries purchased the building. It was operating from the foyer only, which left the auditorium vacant and in a very poor state of repair. However, in 2017 the council served the owner with a Dangerous Buildings Notice and closed the building. An application to list the building as an Asset of Community Value was rejected in 2016.

Why is this theatre at risk?

Hulme Hippodrome was last used for theatre in the 1960s, then bingo from the mid-1970s until its closure in 1986. The Floral Hall adjacent to the main theatre was then used as a snooker hall. In 2003 evangelist group Gilbert Deya Ministries purchased the building. It was operating from the foyer only, which left the auditorium vacant and in a very poor state of repair. However in 2017 the Council served the owner with a Dangerous Buildings Notice and closed the building. Squatters have since moved in. The theatre remains extremely vulnerable.

An application to list the building as an Asset of Community Value was rejected in 2016.

Current situation

Squatters that had been in the building vacated the premises in April 2018. However, the building remains vacant and vulnerable and in urgent need of intervention to prevent ongoing deterioration.  

Theatres Trust is in contact with the council which has been proactive in its attempts to engage with the Hippodrome’s owner, offering to work with them to bring forward a proposal to secure the long-term future of the building. The council has requested that a full structural survey is carried out to understand and inform future necessary repair work. Sadly, the owner is no longer responding to the requests or offers of support.

The council is keen to find a historic-led, sustainable long-term use for the Hippodrome, and Theatres Trust will be working to support this ambition.

Image: Hulme Hippodrome, Ian Grundy