Hippodrome Theatre and Ballroom
100 E. 7th Street,
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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Styles: Mission Revival
In 1920 Paramount Theatres commissioned theatre architect John Eberson to draw plans for their new 2,200 seat Hippodrome Theatre. No expense was spared in building the lavish entertainment complex on prime real estate at E. 7th Street and S. Grand Avenue, cattycornered to the town square.
Eberson chose Mission Revival styling for this pleasuredome that consisted of a movie theatre, basement swimming pool, ballroom and roof garden.
Naturally, Paramount Pictures were the main featured attraction on opening night of October 1, 1920, along with Interstate Vaudeville stage acts.
During its 13 year run the Hippodrome Theatre was financially successful, but on January 1, 1934, New Years Eve decorations in the ballroom caught fire causing the massive structure to be damaged beyond repair.
Within a few months time Kress constructed a department store on the old Hippodrome foundation. To this very day the original swimming pool still exist beneath retail space.
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