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An attempt to list all the shows ever performed at our Hippodromes, beginning with the temporary circus buildings, which from 1884 were specially erected on Pool Meadow for each visit - then, in 1903, to the first permanent, but short-lived, 'Tin' Hippodrome on the Priory Street side of Pool Meadow facing the old Swimming Baths. The popularity of these shows created the demand for a theatre worthy of our city, and so in 1906 began the construction in Hales Street, next to Swanswell Gate, of what we now regard as the Old Hippodrome.
Again, the success of this theatre meant that barely three decades later a greater capacity was required, and so we come to our lovely art-deco New Hippodrome in Hales Street, once known as the Showplace of the Midlands. Opening on the 1st November 1937, it was renamed Coventry Theatre in 1955, then from 1979 became The Apollo, giving its final performance in June 1985. After a short spell as a bingo hall it was eventually realised that such a building could not be put to any practical use, so, sadly, it was demolished in 2002. If anyone still has any tickets or programmes and would like to see them used to illustrate a show, please contact me.

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New Hippodrome, Hales Street

Sun 30th Jan until Fri 4th Feb 1938Variety ShowBig Bill Campbell, 5 Sherry Bros., Cardini and others.
Mon 31st Jan until Sat 5th Feb 1938The Two Leslies and MantovaniVariety show, including Kafka Stanley and the Gray Sisters.
Mon 7th Feb until Sat 12th Feb 1938Scott & WhalleyIn Just Imagine It, with Sid Field.
Mon 14th Feb until Sat 19th Feb 1938Ride 'Em CowboyStarring Will Mahoney.
Tue 22nd Feb until Fri 25th Feb 1938George FormbyComedian and Ukulele player.
Sat 26th Feb until Sat 5th Mar 1938The Three MusketeersCoventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Mon 7th Mar until Thu 10th Mar 1938DanteThe World's Master of Mystery.
Mon 14th Mar until Sat 19th Mar 1938The Royal Carl Rosa Opera CompanyA different Opera each night.
Mon 21st Mar until Sat 26th Mar 1938Careless RaptureDrury Lane Production, including Ivy Tresmand.
Mon 28th Mar until Sat 2nd Apr 1938Jack Hylton and his BandAnd Colossal Variety Bill.
Mon 4th Apr until Sun 17th Apr 1938SwitzerlandExtravaganza on Ice.
Mon 18th Apr until Sat 23rd Apr 1938Nat Gonella and his GeorgiansHailed as Britain's greatest trumpeter. Also featuring Will Fyffe, Scottish comedian.
Mon 25th Apr until Sat 30th Apr 1938Gracie FieldsVariety show.
Mon 2nd May until Sat 7th May 1938Bebe Daniels and Ben LyonScreen, stage and radio stars. Also Vic Oliver, American comedian.
Mon 9th May until Sat 14th May 1938Secrets of the BBCPresented by Jack Hylton.
Mon 16th May until Sat 21st May 1938George ClarkeIn his sketch 'The New Car'. Plus Syd Seymour with his Mad Hatters Band.
Mon 23rd May until Sat 28th May 1938Jack Payne in Round The DialPlus comedian Jimmy James.
Mon 30th May until Sat 4th Jun 1938Taking OffVariety show with Florence Desmond, Benny Boss, Maxine Stone, Dick Henderson and Edwin Lawrence.
Mon 6th Jun until Sat 11th Jun 1938Carroll Levis and his 1938 Radio Discoveries
Mon 13th Jun until Sat 18th Jun 1938Variety with a KickPresented by Hughie Green. Including Georgie Wood & Ken Harvey.
Mon 20th Jun until Sat 25th Jun 1938Stanelli's Stag PartyRadio's greatest comedy success with Stanelli, Norman Long, Russell & Marconi.
Mon 27th Jun until Sat 2nd Jul 1938Radio RodeoWith organist Harold Ramsay.
Mon 4th Jul until Sat 9th Jul 1938Forsythe, Seaman & FarrellComedy team. Also Phyllis Robins and Paul Remos.
Mon 11th Jul until Sat 16th Jul 1938Snow White and the Seven DwarfsIncludes the Billy Shenton Trio and Jack Curtis & Russ Denny.
Mon 18th Jul until Sat 23rd Jul 1938Meet the StarsWith Elsie Carlisle & Sam Browne, plus Albert Whelan and Murray & Mooney.
Mon 25th Jul until Sat 30th Jul 1938Variety ShowFeaturing Jasper Maskelyne, magician - Harry Welchman, comedy, Nice Florio & Lubov - George Doonan and Nosmo King.
Mon 1st Aug until Sat 6th Aug 1938Great Bank Holiday BillJack Jackson and his Radio Band, and Beryl Orde, impressionist.
Mon 8th Aug until Sat 13th Aug 1938Brian Lawrence and his Sextet
Mon 15th Aug until Sat 20th Aug 1938Maurice ColleanoComedian and aerobatic funster!
Mon 22nd Aug until Sat 27th Aug 1938Sea PieVariety show with Renee Houston & Donald Stewart and many more.
Mon 29th Aug until Sat 3rd Sep 1938Variety ShowMr. Murgatroyd and Mr. Winterbottom with Ronald Frankau, Sue Ryan, Joe Termini, Tommy Handley and more.
Mon 5th Sep until Sat 10th Sep 1938Claude Dampier"Mrs. Gibson's Friend" encouraged by Miss Billie Carlyle. With Max Wall, Navarre, Harry Kahne and others.
Mon 12th Sep until Sat 24th Sep 1938Winter SportsStage converted to an Ice Rink, featuring Phil Taylor, Eddie Marcel, Elsie Heathcote and others.
Mon 26th Sep until Sat 1st Oct 1938The Long & Short Of ItStarring Revnell & West, with Freddie Forbes, Angela Barrie and others.
Mon 3rd Oct until Sat 8th Oct 1938Variety ShowFeaturing the Diamond Brothers, Douglas Byng, Gaston & Andree, Leonard Henry, Fayre Four and others.
Mon 10th Oct until Sat 15th Oct 1938Idiot's DelightPlay, starring Vic Oliver.
Mon 17th Oct until Sat 22nd Oct 1938Elsie & Doris WatersRadio's Gert and Daisy, plus Les Allen, Clapham & Dwyer and others.
Mon 24th Oct until Sat 29th Oct 1938Evelyn LayeThe Queen of Musical Comedy & Operette, plus Herschel Henlere, George Lacey and others.
Mon 31st Oct until Sat 5th Nov 1938Duggie Wakefield and his GangComedy team, plus Arthur Lucan & Kitty McShane and others. (The Hippodrome's birthday week.)
Mon 7th Nov until Sat 12th Nov 1938King Revel"Mammoth Revue Spectacle", with Billy Russell, George Doonan, Karina and others.
Mon 14th Nov until Sat 19th Nov 1938Henry Hall and his OrchestraVariety Bill, with Jenny Howard, Collinson & Dean, Bobby "Uke" Henshaw, and others.
Mon 21st Nov until Sat 26th Nov 1938D'Oyly Carte Opera CompanyA different Gilbert & Sullivan Opera each night.
Tue 29th Nov until Sat 10th Dec 1938Crest Of The WaveFeaturing Ivor Novello. (No Monday performance in the first week due to extra time required to construct the huge set.)
Mon 12th Dec until Sat 17th Dec 1938End of the Season Variety BillAfrique (impressionist), Troise and his Mandoliers, Kitty Masters, Murray & Mooney and others. (Theatre closed the following week for pantomime rehearsals.)
Sat 24th Dec 1938 until Sat 28th Jan 1939Robinson CrusoePantomime, starring Jimmy James, Muriel Cronshaw, Dan Leno Jnr, Monica Woodhouse and Bert Murray.

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Also of interest might be A short history of Coventry's Theatres and Cinemas, by Bill Birch.

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