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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 7th Jan until Sat 12th Jan 1918SymphoniaHenry J. Corner musical ensemble. Plus, Dale & O'Malley, The Five Olracs, the Esa Japanese Trio, and much more.
Mon 14th Jan until Sat 19th Jan 1918Johnson ClarkWith 'hodge' the yokel. Plus, The Mandos, military comedy 'A Cushy Job', Gaby Revette, and others.
Mon 21st Jan until Sat 26th Jan 1918The Elgar Hudson QuintettePlus, Phil Parsons, Niblo and Doris, Emeric and Ainslie, the Akebono Trio, and more.
Mon 28th Jan until Sat 2nd Feb 1918HypnotismComedy featuring Carlton and his Satellites. Plus, the Real McKays, Fred Keeton, Dorothy Varick, and many more.
Mon 4th Feb until Sat 9th Feb 1918Manny & RobertsThe messenger boys from Broadway. Plus, J. P. Ling, Mary Moran and Co., The Diving Belles, and others.
Mon 11th Feb until Sat 16th Feb 1918Winifred WardThe 'immaculate boy'. Plus, Duncan & Godfrey, May Erne & Erne Chester, Radford and Valentine, and many more.
Mon 18th Feb until Sat 23rd Feb 1918The Kodak GirlWith 40 artiste company. Plus, Felovis, Miss May Gordon, and the latest War Films.
Mon 25th Feb until Sat 2nd Mar 1918The Babes in the WoodPantomime starring Kitty Denton's 'Go Bang Girls' and full beauty chorus.
Mon 4th Mar until Sat 9th Mar 1918The Magical MasterIllusionary fantasy followed by Scientific Electric Demonstrations. Plus, Charlie Rich, Sam Springston, and more.
Mon 11th Mar until Sat 16th Mar 1918Three CameosStarring Cicely Courtneidge. Plus, Violet Black and Co., Brock's Cycling Maniacs, Mamie Morris, and others.
Mon 18th Mar until Sat 23rd Mar 1918The FinalesRevue starring Walter Subtel. Plus, Tom E. Hughes, Den and Mark, Mabel Costello, and many more.
Mon 25th Mar until Sat 30th Mar 1918Miss Hetty KingPlus, Jay Whidden, Private Evans, Adkin and Co., the Tom Wong Troupe, and others.
Mon 1st Apr until Sat 6th Apr 1918Bubble & SqueakStarring George Carney and Deane Tribune. Plus, The Levards, Marcelle Caron, and the latest War Films.
Mon 8th Apr until Sat 13th Apr 1918Fred BarnesWith comedy and song. Plus, Wilson and Waring, play 'A Double Escape', Zellini, Alex Prince, and others.
Mon 15th Apr until Sat 20th Apr 1918Victoria Monks'John Bull's Girl'. Plus, Barker & Tarling, The Monzos, Bob and Harry, and many others.
Mon 22nd Apr until Sat 27th Apr 1918His Own WayMusical comedy starring Florence Wray and company. Plus, episode 'True Values', Walter Wade, Lowdini, and more.
Mon 29th Apr until Sat 4th May 1918Mrs. LangtryWith Henry Deas and Walter Pearce in small play 'Ashes'. Plus, Les Bastiens, Bunny and Gladys, and others.
Mon 6th May until Sat 11th May 1918All ClearMusical farce with Billy Denvers and Dene Williams. Plus, Foster Kershaw, Sisters Mestrys, Renee, and more.
Mon 13th May until Sat 18th May 1918The Johnson 'Ole'Trench humour' play with Harry Thurston and Co. Plus, Walkers Juveniles, Vivian Foster, Dorothy Lena, and others.
Mon 20th May until Sat 25th May 1918Odds OnRevue starring W. H. Kirby & Gwen Clifford. Plus, Woodward and Page, and Toots Hanlon.
Mon 27th May until Sat 1st Jun 1918Morritt, the Mystery ManPlus, Gillin, Magini, the Claymore Trio, McAllister and Smith, and more.
Mon 3rd Jun until Sat 8th Jun 1918Zomah, the Psychic PhenomenonPlus, The Harmony Four, Lawrence Barclay, Anita Hayes, and many others.
Mon 10th Jun until Sat 15th Jun 1918The House that Jerry BuiltStarring Lew Lake and a colossal company. Plus, W. E. Chapman, Herbert Winter and Bunny, and more.
Mon 17th Jun until Sat 22nd Jun 1918Rejected RemountsBy Fred Ginnett's company. Plus, Sandy Powell, Jen Latona, and many others.
Mon 24th Jun until Sat 29th Jun 1918Frills and DrillsMusical comedy starring Lorna Della and George Gregory. Plus, Costa and Geo, Veda Le Court, and more.
Mon 1st Jul until Sat 6th Jul 1918Phew!Starring Goodfellow and Gregson. Plus, the 9 Dainty Dots, Granby and Grant, May Locke, and others.
Mon 8th Jul until Sat 13th Jul 1918Entre NousA 'musical something' featuring Cora Lingard and W. L. Rowland. Plus, Gwennie Morgan, and the Milly and Gordon Trio.
Mon 15th Jul until Sat 20th Jul 1918Nights of GladnessMusical mix-up starring Tom Shenton, GLadys Nelson and Harry Morgan. Plus, Stidder, Dave Morris, and more.
Mon 22nd Jul until Sat 27th Jul 1918Nosey KnowsMusical farce starring Will Hay and Dorothy Frostick. Plus, Herbert Cave, Franco, Evelyn Earle, and more.
Mon 29th Jul until Sat 3rd Aug 1918Air BirdsWith the Six Brothers Luck and Billy Lytton. Plus, the Carina Trio, Tina Paynola, and more.
Mon 5th Aug until Sat 10th Aug 1918She SlippedMusical farce by Fred Le Cren. Plus, W. V. Robinson, Alice Gill, and latest War Films.
Mon 12th Aug until Sat 17th Aug 1918J. W. RickabyBurlesque character comedian. Plus, The 4 Lisbons, Jack Shields, Betty Butters and Boob, and more.
Mon 19th Aug until Sat 24th Aug 1918Sarah Sleeps OutBy Charles Windermere and Company. Plus, Alfred Leonard and Co., Sam Stern, Haley's Komets, and others.
Mon 26th Aug until Sat 31st Aug 1918Something To His AdvantageComedy starring Miss Jean Aylwin. Plus, Emilie Hayes, Torino, Angel Blanco, Josephine La Barte, and more.
Mon 2nd Sep until Sat 7th Sep 1918Ching WuChinese magician. Plus, Jennie Hartley, the Yamagata Troupe, Morgan and Burke, and more.
Mon 9th Sep until Sat 14th Sep 1918Hiawatha & MinnehahaPlus, Pauline Travis, Mary Moran, H. O. Wills, O'Wray and O'Dare, and others.
Mon 16th Sep until Sat 21st Sep 1918The Hon. GertrudeComedy starring Miss Esme Beringer and West End company. Plus, Jerry & Co., Tom D. Newall, and more.
Mon 23rd Sep until Sat 28th Sep 1918Billy MersonComedian. Plus, Murphy and Mack, The Quaint Q's, Marie Lawton, Ricardo and Montford, and more.
Mon 30th Sep until Sat 5th Oct 1918The New SlaveyComedy starring Anita Edis and Freddie Forbes. Plus, Ray Wallace, L'Incognita, The Q's, and others.
Mon 7th Oct until Sat 12th Oct 1918Nellie WallacePlus, The Mongadors, the Femina Quartette, the Sisters Urma, Harry Helmsley, and more.
Mon 14th Oct until Sat 19th Oct 1918The Years BetweenFeaturing Horace Hunter and Lily Hammersley. Plus, Cullen and Carthy, The Ketos, Phil Kauffman, and more.
Mon 21st Oct until Sat 26th Oct 1918Elliot SavonasMusicians. Plus, Miss Edna Latonne, James Fawn, Harry Hewitt, Sam Hilton, and many more.
Mon 28th Oct until Sat 2nd Nov 1918Mdlle. Margo and CompanyThe 'modern enchantress'. Plus, the Neptune Quintette, Fred Ellis, Jubb and Jerome, and many others.
Mon 4th Nov until Sat 9th Nov 1918The Sugar BabyMusical comedy with Brandow and Brand. Plus, W. J. Churchill (Uncle Willie), The Bracks, and more.
Mon 11th Nov until Sat 16th Nov 1918Chas. R. WhittleComedian. Plus, the Two Cures, episode 'All Wrong', Madge Velma and her Ruffles, and others.
Mon 18th Nov until Sat 23rd Nov 1918TuckerSinging violinist. Plus, Queenie Leighton, Victor Kelly, Page's Animated Dolls, and many more.
Mon 25th Nov until Sat 30th Nov 1918The Great CarmoVersatile Australian artiste. Plus, M. Gintaro, Lee and Kingston, The Heywoods, and more.
Mon 2nd Dec until Sat 7th Dec 1918Go As You PleaseMusical extravaganza starring Happy Attwood. Plus, Mareski, George Hyman, Colbert, and Special War Films.
Mon 9th Dec until Sat 14th Dec 1918Don't Tempt MeRevue starring Webb & Page. Plus, Phardos, Violet King, Dusty Rhodes, and more.
Mon 16th Dec until Sat 21st Dec 1918Nixon GreyComedian. Plus, the Marvellous Merrils, Garadini, Elven Hedges, Alice Edwards, and others.
Mon 23rd Dec until Sat 28th Dec 1918She's a Daisymusic and comedy starring Gus Chevalier and Vera Hind. Plus, Leonie Dixon, and The Mountfords.
Mon 30th Dec 1918 until Sat 4th Jan 1919Harry ChampionCharacter comedian. Plus, Will Lacey, the Sutcliffe Family, Elsie Robey, Mark Coney, and many others.

Prev year: 1917   Next year: 1919

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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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