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Hippodrome / Coventry Theatre / Apollo show archive

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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1970

Coventry Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Sun 15th Feb 1970Syd Lawrence OrchestraThe Glen Miler sound. One night only.
Sun 22nd Feb 1970Booker T and the M.G.sPlus Blue Mink. One night only.
Mon 16th Mar until Fri 20th Mar 1970Coventry Gang Show 70Coventry Scouts Annual Gang Show.
Thu 26th Mar until Sat 30th May 19701970 Spring ShowStarring Harry Secombe, with Norman Vaughan, The New Faces, Peter Maxwell, and many others.
Sun 5th Apr 1970Gene PitneySupported by Badfinger and Clodagh Rodgers! One night only.
Sun 19th Apr 1970Mantovani and his OrchestraOne night only.
Sun 3rd May 1970Syd Lawrence OrchestraThe Glen Miller Sound. One night only.
Sun 24th May 1970Victor BorgeDanish Pianist-Comedian. An evening of Music and Mirth.
Mon 1st Jun until Sat 13th Jun 1970D'Oyly Carte OperaDifferent Opera each night.
Sun 14th Jun until Sat 4th Jul 1970Where Eagles Dare70mm Wide-Screen Movie Show with full Stereophonic Sound.
Sun 5th Jul until Sat 1st Aug 1970Ben Hur70mm Wide-Screen Movie Show with full Stereophonic Sound.
Sun 2nd Aug until Sat 5th Sep 1970Dr. Zhivago70mm Wide-Screen Movie Show with full Stereophonic Sound.
Sun 6th Sep until Sat 26th Sep 1970Where Eagles Dare70mm Wide-Screen Movie Show with full Stereophonic Sound.
Tue 29th Sep until Sat 28th Nov 1970Black and White Minstrel ShowFor the season. New Production to the Midlands.
Sun 22nd Nov 1970The Beach BoysOne night only.
Fri 4th Dec until Sat 12th Dec 1970The Sound Of MusicBy The Coventry Amateur Operatic Society.
Thu 17th Dec 1970 until Sat 20th Feb 1971Tommy Cooper's Christmas PartyFabulous Comedy and Family Entertainment. For 10 weeks, Evenings only.
Sat 26th Dec 1970 until Sat 6th Feb 1971AladdinPantomime, starring Ted Rogers, with Yvonne Marsh. 2pm Matinees only.

Prev year: 1969   Next year: 1971

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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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