A picture of the interior of Hulme Hippodrome taken in 1980 by Ted Bottle. This image is taken from the fantastic musical hall and theatre history site: www.arthurlloyd.c...
Many thanks to Matthew Lloyd.
The excerpt that follows is copied from the above site and is originally from 'From Twilight of the Touring Revue' By Donald Auty. Please click the link below to visit.
The Hulme Hippodrome in Preston Street, Hulme, Manchester was built next door to the Hulme Playhouse by J. J. Alley who also built several other Theatres in Manchester, including the Metropole, the Royal Osborne, the Hulme Playhouse, and the Queens Park Hippodrome along with the Pavilion Theatre in Liverpool, and several others in the Broadhead Circuit. The Hulme Hippodrome was built as a Theatre for melodrama, called the Grand Junction Theatre and Floral Hall, and opened in 1901. Both Theatres were connected by an arcade.
The Theatre originally seated 3000 and was renamed the Hulme Hippodrome in 1905 when it became a Music Hall.
In 1942 the Theatre was renamed the Second Manchester Repertory Theatre.
In 1950 the Theatre was refurbished and the Gallery was reopened.
In 1962 the Theatre was converted for Bingo and Casino use.
The building is Grade II listed and whilst the auditorium with its two galleries remains in its original state the same can't be said for its orginal exterior which has been completly hidden by modern twentieth century cladding.
Artefact added : 11th January 2011