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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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Old Hippodrome, Hales Street

Mon 6th Jan until Sat 11th Jan 1908The Three LaurelsIn 'Fun on a Billiard Table'. Plus, Lady Mansel's Juveniles, The Lyons Trio, Doody and Wright, and more.
Mon 13th Jan until Sat 18th Jan 1908Sandford and LyonsComedians. Plus, Reynold's Minstrels, Martin Conway, James Willard and Co., The Mackweys, and others.
Mon 20th Jan until Sat 25th Jan 1908Grand Amateur Ladies Singing CompetitionAll week, with £10 cash prizes. Plus, Talberto and Douglas, Francis Gerard, Miss Lily Burnand, Miss Louie Freear, and others.
Mon 27th Jan until Sat 1st Feb 1908Tarro MiyakeReturn of world champion Jujitsu wrestler. Plus, Maxwell and Francis, Alfred Graham's Juveniles, and more.
Mon 3rd Feb until Sat 8th Feb 1908Atlas and VulcanaWorld champion and strongest living lady. Plus, Mark Adams & Co., Mdlle. Renee, the Sisters Anderson, and more.
Mon 10th Feb until Sat 15th Feb 1908Poluski BrothersIn their comedy 'The Prevaricator!'. Plus, Dolly Harmer, the Harvey Boys, The Three Romas, The Courtiers, and others.
Mon 17th Feb until Sat 22nd Feb 1908Miss Ada ColleyFamous Australian nightingale. Plus, Jack Pleasants, Dale and O'Malley, Leo Dryden, and others.
Mon 24th Feb until Sat 29th Feb 1908ZbyscoGraeco-Roman world wrestling champion. Plus, Les Rallis, Mike Gray, Arthur Reece, and more.
Mon 2nd Mar until Sat 7th Mar 1908George MozartComedian. Plus, the Borghetti Troupe, the Three Prestons, Billy Farrell, and others.
Mon 9th Mar until Tue 17th Mar 1908Barton and AshleyPresenting 'Canal Boat Sal'. Plus, Ben Albert, The Pom-Poms, Rich and Rich, The Silvas, and more.
Mon 16th Mar until Sat 21st Mar 1908The Denwartz TroupeContinental acrobats. Plus, Miss Bijou Russell, the Four Burnells, comedy sketch 'His Worship the Mayor', and more.
Mon 23rd Mar until Sat 28th Mar 1908The Orange GirlHistorical sketch. Plus, The Voldam Brothers, Miss Ella Retford, Stewart & Morgan, and others.
Mon 30th Mar until Sat 4th Apr 1908Daisy JeromePlus, Lily Soutter, George Albert, Lennie and Hast, The Donatos, and many more.
Mon 6th Apr until Sat 11th Apr 1908Davis & GledhillRoller cyclists. Plus, Farley, Rennie & Farley, Cullane's Comedy 4, The Brothers Ashley, and others.
Mon 13th Apr until Sat 18th Apr 1908Miss Lil HawthorneAmerican burlesque artiste. Plus, Hanvarr and Lee, Leoni Clarke, and many more.
Mon 20th Apr until Sat 25th Apr 1908Clark & HamiltonComedy duo. Plus, Fyne & Hurley, the Leonardo Brothers, Miss Millie Lindon, and more.
Mon 27th Apr until Sat 2nd May 1908Syd MayWorld's greatest mimic. Plus, Miss Raie Walters, Clarke & Hayden, Miss Ethel Walker, and The Five Whiteleys.
Mon 4th May until Sat 9th May 1908John Grun MarxThe modern Hercules. Plus, the Brothers Obo, Mabel Sinclair, the Four Magnanis, and others.
Mon 11th May until Sat 16th May 1908Dan CrawleyPlus, Wright and Lawson, the 8 Varsity Girls, Alice Hughes and Co., Max Walden, and more.
Mon 18th May until Sat 23rd May 1908Radford & ValentineThe jolly juggling jesters. Plus, Eadie & Ramsden, Sisters Warwick, Mdlle. Haydee's original vaudeville theatre, and more.
Mon 25th May until Sat 30th May 1908May Moore DuprezThe jolly little Dutch girl. Plus, Keen & Waller, Park's Eton Boys, Foreman & Fannan, Ernie Mayne, and others.
Mon 1st Jun until Sat 6th Jun 1908George LeytonFamous London actor-vocalist. Plus, Mille Payne, Elsie Bernard, Tennyson and Wallis, and others.
Mon 8th Jun until Sat 13th Jun 1908Famous KellinosPlus, W. E. Gillin, Paul Powell's Electric Marionettes, the Piccolinos, and others.
Mon 15th Jun until Sat 20th Jun 1908CruikshankThe fool of the family! Plus, Dallas and Varden, The Cattaneos, Tom Jones (Welsh character comedian), and more.
Mon 22nd Jun until Sat 27th Jun 1908Arthur LennardPlus, The Athlones, Diamond and Beatrice, the Little Vi-Davis, comedy sketch 'Ferdie's Ma-in-Law', and more.
Mon 29th Jun until Sat 4th Jul 1908Royal DreadnoughtsThe world's greatest rifle shots. Plus, Lowenwirth & Cohan, Dot Stephens, Marguerite Ismay, and more.
Mon 6th Jul until Sat 11th Jul 1908The Bouncing DillonsPlus, Reid and Power, The Venetians, Cromo & Hamilton, the Eight College Girls, and others.
Mon 13th Jul until Sat 18th Jul 1908Van BieneFamous actor musician. Plus, Herbert Bates, Fred Maitland, the Lunatic Bakers, and others.
Mon 20th Jul until Sat 25th Jul 1908Tom EdwardsHuntsman ventriloquist. Plus, The Markies, Bonetti and Corrie, the Empire Comedy 4, and others.
Mon 27th Jul until Sat 1st Aug 1908Charcot and his Wonderful Automatic ManPlus, The 4 Delawares, Walker and May, the Mysterious Howards, and others.
Mon 3rd Aug until Sat 8th Aug 1908Riogoku FamilyJapanese artistes. Plus, Harwood's Juveniles, the 3 Amaranths, the Selbins, and others.
Mon 10th Aug until Sat 15th Aug 1908The Geni FamilyContinental acrobats. Plus, Ray and Calden, the 3 Cunards, Arthur Albert, Sottish Meisters, and more.
Mon 17th Aug until Sat 22nd Aug 1908Cromwell or the KingHistorical playlet. Plus, Dale and O'Malley, the Three Merrils, Nat Clifford, and others.
Mon 24th Aug until Sat 29th Aug 1908TschernoffFamous animal king. Plus, Ross & Grayson, Slippere the Blind Pianist, and many others.
Mon 31st Aug until Sat 5th Sep 1908L'IncognitaThe masked singer. Plus, My Fancy, Carl Rosine, production of 'The Ghost of Jerry Bundler', and more.
Mon 7th Sep until Sat 12th Sep 1908Harry Roxbury and CompanyIn 'The Prince of Monte Carlo'. Plus, Tray and Rich, Fred Earle, and others.
Mon 14th Sep until Sat 19th Sep 1908Harry ChampionPlus, Ford and Barras, the Society Quartette, Jack and Evelyn, and more.
Mon 21st Sep until Sat 26th Sep 1908Annie PurcellComedienne. Plus, Harry Taft, Pip Powell & Katie Vesey, Walter Stanley, Max Gruber, and more.
Mon 28th Sep until Sat 3rd Oct 1908Miss Ella ShieldsAmerica's greatest singer of c**n songs. Plus, Alix Lukos, Billy Williams, and many others.
Mon 5th Oct until Sat 10th Oct 1908Four HollowaysWorld's greatest acrobatic and trick cyclists on the tight wire. Plus, John Humphries, Vera Mayne, the Columbia Comedy Trio, and more.
Mon 12th Oct until Sat 17th Oct 1908Reano and his Famous BandPlus, Stacey and WIlliams, Ray and Lingard, Lily Black, W. J. Churchill, and others.
Mon 19th Oct until Sat 24th Oct 1908Mr. F. V. St. ClairSinging comedian. Plus, Edgar Forrest & Co., The Royal Tokio Troupe, Gertie Gitana, and more.
Mon 26th Oct until Sat 31st Oct 1908Tom Foy and CompanyIn 'The Yorkshire Lad in London'. Plus, Houston, Walker and Lake, and much more.
Mon 2nd Nov until Sat 7th Nov 1908Dr. Walford BodieThe famous bloodless surgeon. Plus, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Finden, The Original Iben-Obed, gladys and Alber, and others.
Mon 9th Nov until Sat 14th Nov 1908Lottie LennoxThe popular comedienne. Plus, Harry Nelson, John Beauchamp, The Great Northern Troupe, The Bensons, and others.
Mon 16th Nov until Sat 21st Nov 1908La PiaThe enchantress. Plus, Farr and Farland, the Creo Brothers, Lennard Barry, and others.
Mon 23rd Nov until Sat 28th Nov 1908King and BensonVocal comedy entertainers. Plus, Rex Fox, Gladys Mavius, Simms and Simms, and others.
Mon 30th Nov until Sat 5th Dec 1908Edwin BoydeComedian. Plus, Helen Charles, Hayes and Merritt, Alfred Graham's Juveniles, and others.
Mon 7th Dec until Sat 12th Dec 1908Seven PerezoffsJuggling pantomime. Plus, Ritter and Foster, The Quartette, The Great Narrowboat Brothers, and more.
Mon 14th Dec until Sat 19th Dec 1908HackenschmidtWorld's greatest wrestler. £10 to any British wrestler he fails to throw in 15 minutes - £100 to any British wrestler who succeeds in throwing him in 15 minutes.
Mon 21st Dec until Sat 26th Dec 1908La MiloWho rode as Lady Godiva in the procession. Plus special star company.
Mon 28th Dec 1908 until Sat 2nd Jan 1909Nellie WallaceEccentric comedy artiste. Plus, The Five Vernons, Ruby Dahl, Wild, Willie and West, Sid Cotterell, and others.

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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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