Tameside Hippodrome

A rare theatre survival, illustrating the inter-war fashion of adaption to cinema, and retaining a wealth of Art Deco features from the 1930s re-fit.

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Address
Oldham Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SE
Risk Rating
8 (risk rating: 3. star rating: 2. community rating: 3.)
Architect
J J Alley, Drury & Gomersall
Date of Construction
1904
Listing
Grade II
Capacity
1,262

Significance

Tameside Hippodrome is Ashton-under-Lyne’s only Grade II listed, purpose-built theatre. Its architectural significance illustrates the inter-war fashion of adaption to cinema. It is a rare survival, retaining a wealth of Art Deco features from the 1930s re-fit, including the coving and plasterwork detail in the café and ground floor foyer. The Hippodrome is well placed in the town, in an area proposed for regeneration. The theatre is well equipped and could be reopened.

Why is this theatre at risk?

Tameside Hippodrome closed in 2008. A threat of demolition in 2009 was halted when the building was listed, but the building remains vacant. There are some concerns about its deterioration, particularly the roof.

Current situation

The Hippodrome Limited (THL), a Community Interest Company set up by Tameside Heritage and Arts Trust, plans to upgrade and refurbish the theatre to its former glory, and has received very positive support from both Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (which owns the building and is keen to see it re-open as a live theatre) and the general public. This is a good example of strong community leadership working with a local authority to bring a theatre back to life. THL has been negotiating with the council to lease the theatre and run the building and although no lease has been granted to date, laisions continue.

Campaign video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIGXLb5TJK0

Image: Tameside Hippodrome, Theatres Trust