Friday, September 16, 2011
Cleveland: Hippodrome Theatre
This photo by Robert Runyan shows the main Euclid Avenue entrance on November 28, 1952.
The Hipp, as it was known, opened on December 30, 1907 as a vaudeville house, at 720 Euclid Avenue. It had a massive stage, with six floors of dressing rooms on each side. Originally it seated over 4,000, on twin balcony's, making it the second largest theatre in the U.S. For most of it's existence it ran films continuously from about 11 AM til closing, usually around 11PM. The theatre also had a second entrance on Prospect Avenue. It was the last of Cleveland's first run houses when it closed in the spring of 1980, to make way for a parking lot.