Portsmouth music scene


The Portsmouth Music Scene


The Hippodrome

The Hippodrome Theatre is slightly out of the 1944 to 1969 time slot but was a centre for enetertainment before the war.
The Hippodrome Theatre was opened on 13th May 1907 as a music hall. In 1913, it began to screen films, and continued as a full-time cinema until 1918,
when live shows resumed, although the projection equipment was retained.
The building was destroyed by enemy bombing during the second world war.

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Whit Monday 1907 queuing to see the Hippodrome show

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The Western Brothers outside the stage door

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Programme cover from November 12th 1917

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The Hippodrome, Commercial Road, Portsmouth. May 1st. 1939.

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Tom Mix, 13th February 1939.


Performances at the Hippodrome
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