The Hippodrome

Margate, Kent, England, UK

Demolished 1966

The Disappointed Tourist: Hippodrome, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

The Margate Hippodrome was originally opened in 1898 as The New Grand Theatre. The building incorporated the original four wall of the former Royal Assembly Rooms which had burnt down in 1882. The theater was designed by the architectural firm Hope & Maxwell of Newcastle upon Tyne, with interior decorations by Dean of Birmingham. It was later taken over by Walter de Freece and re-named the Hippodrome Theatre, becoming a variety theatre and a cinema. It was closed in 1958 and demolished in 1966 and the Margate Library was built on its site. The painting is based on a photograph from 1903 that I found on the Margate Local History site.

When I was five years old, I remember playing between the big roman pillars on the pavement.  Anon.

Happy memories of shows and entertainment.  Anon. 

I used to Guy Fawkes on this site as a kid. Anon.