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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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1985

Apollo Theatre, Hales Street

Date(s)ShowNotesImages
Fri 8th Feb 1985The Song Remains The SameLed Zeppelin movie on the big screen.
Sat 2nd Mar 1985KingCoventry band, supported by Person to Person.
Sun 10th Mar 1985St. Patrick's Irish Variety ConcertOne night only.
Mon 11th Mar 1985John McEvoyIrish singer.
Mon 11th Mar 1985St Patrick's Irish Variety ConcertFeaturing top recording artist Johnny McEvoy plus many others.
Fri 22nd Mar 1985The Boomtown RatsPlus The Faith Brothers. One night only.
Tue 26th Mar until Sat 30th Mar 1985Coventry Scout's Gang ShowHuge cast of Cubs, Scouts and Leaders - to be their very last Gang Show at the Coventry Theatre.
Wed 3rd Apr 1985Jimmy Tarbuck and Kenny LynchAlso featuring Aiden J. Harvey.
Thu 4th Apr 1985Jimmy TarbuckOne night only.
Sat 6th Apr 1985KingOne night only.
Thu 11th Apr and Fri 12th Apr 1985Mike HardingComedian. Two nights.
Fri 26th Apr 1985Freddie StarrOne night only.
Mon 29th Apr until Sat 4th May 1985The Rocky Horror ShowRaunchy adult "pantomime".
Fri 10th May and Sat 11th May 1985The LightbearersGospel concert.
Mon 13th May until Sat 18th May 1985Jasper Carrott"The Nerd".
Sun 19th May 1985Take a BreakAfternoon performance by 900 children of the Pattison Dancing Academy and College. Repeated next Monday evening.
Tue 21st May until Sat 25th May 1985PinocchioChildren's show.
Tue 28th May 1985Cannon and BallOne night only.
Sat 1st Jun 1985Rod Hull and EmuCANCELLED BY THE PROMOTERS DUE TO SLOW TICKET SALES.
Wed 5th Jun 1985Sixties NightFeaturing The Troggs, Billy J. Kramer, Dave Berry, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders.
Thu 6th Jun 1985Barbara DicksonThe very final show ever at the theatre.

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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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