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Aston Hippodrome

  • Theatre ID
    850
  • Built / Converted
    1908
  • Dates of use
    • 1908 - 1960
  • Current state
    Demolished
  • Current use
    Demolished
  • Address
    Potters Lane off New Town Row, Birmingham, West Midlands, England

Details

Opened as a music hall in 1908. Exterior described as plain terracotta relieved by facings (?) of stone with a cupola on either side; there was an ornamental verandah over the entrance. More than usual headroom between the tiers. The fibrous plaster decorations were probably redesigned when a major reconstruction had to take place in 1930 after a fire. Bingo from 1960, it was demolished in 1980. The Drum now occupies the site.


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  • Events
    • Owner/Management: Coventry Hippodrome Ltd, lessees
    • 1908 - 1960 Use:
    • 1908 Design/Construction:
      • F Brassington (also attrib. Lister Lea) - Architect
    • 1908 Owner/Management: Until when not known. Aston Hippodrome Ltd (Thomas Barrasford, managing director)
    • 1912 Alteration: alterations
      • James Lea & Sons - Architect
    • 1930 Alteration: reconstruction after fire
      • Unknown - Architect
    • 1951 Owner/Management: F Butterworth, lessee
    • 1960 - 1980 Owner/Management: Mecca Ltd, owners
    • 1960 Alteration: converted to bingo
      • Unknown - Architect
    • 1960 Alteration: plans to convert to revue bar (unexecuted)
      • Unknown - Architect
    • 1980 Demolition: demolished
  • Capacities
    • Original: 200
    • Later: 1912: 2500
  • Listings
    • Grade Not listed
  • Dimensions
    • Stage dimensions: d: 36ft w: 67ft
    • Proscenium width: 30ft x 32ft high
    • Height to grid: 54ft

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Boxes stage left, Wyndham's Theatre, London, 1990
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