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Previous Names: New Hippodrome Cinema
The New Hippodrome opened on the 15th May 1933, it replaced an earlier Hippodrome which had operated on Middlewich Lane. It was a single screen cinema with seating for 1,200 people. It was situated on Carnegie Street next to the Majestic Ballroom. The Hippodrome was advertised as having a ballroom (the Majestic) and a cafe attached.
It had a 40 feet wide proscenium and a stage 14 feet deep and there were three dressing rooms. It closed as a cinema in 1959, the last film to be shown was “Cockleshell Heroes” starring Jose Ferrer.
It reopened after refurbishment in 1961 as Quicks of Chester, a Ford dealership garage where my dad worked for many years. When the garage closed in 1986, I got the chance to look around and was facinated by how many of the interior features remained, original plaster work, lights and projection rooms. I even found the original carpet at the back of the balcony! It was demolished in 1998 to make way for a new Halfords superstore. It is a real shame that more of these buildings are not saved for other uses.
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