Hippodrome Cinema

Market Street,
Holyhead, LL65

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Hippodrome Cinema Fire - late 60's

A circa 1920’s built hall that originally had a 17 feet wide proscenium. It was heavily renovated in 1954, when CinemaScope was introduced and the proscenium was widened to 24 feet. It was destroyed by fire towards the end of the 1960’s.

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bexterbarbie on January 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Hi, I wonder if you could tell me if there were any fatalities or injuries at the Hippodrome fire? I am an employee of the visitor centre Holyhead which is in the Walkway building, built on the site of the old Hippodrome. We often have people queery about the hippopdrome building. I would be very grateful if you could get back to me with any information.

Thank you
Kind regards


Capelmawr on July 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

In 1938 the cinema had 489 seats at 6d to 1/6d. By 1951 this had been reduced to 465 seats at prices from 1/10d to 2/3d and films were shown coninuously from Monday to Friday with a matinee on Saturday and 2 changes of programme per week. The cinema had vanished from the records in 1966.

sospan on February 2, 2013 at 8:22 am

Last film shown at the Hippodrome was “633 Squadron”. This was on 20 February 1965. It remained closed for a few years until damaged by fire. No one was hurt.

mike118 on July 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

I was woken as a boy to allow a reporter into my room to take a picture of the fire at the Hippodrome Holyhead which as opposite Dicks the shoe shop where my father managed the shop. This was before my grandfather died in 1955 so I think the place burned down in 1954.

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