Hippodrome Cinema

Broadway and Trinity Road,
Sheerness, ME12 1TW

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Previously operated by: Essoldo Circuit (Contol) Ltd., Lou Morris

Previous Names: Victoria Hall Theatre

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Hippodrome Cinema

Located in Sheerness, Kent on the corner of Broadway and Trinity Road. The Victoria Hall Theatre was opened in 1872. A feature of the exterior of the building was a large clock tower. In 1920, it was redesigned and re-opened as the Hippodrome Cinema on 26th December 1920, presenting cine-variety. “The Singing Fool” staring Al Jolson was the first ‘talkie’ to be screened in November 1929. A Western Electric(WE) sound system had been installed.

The Hippodrome Cinema was closed during World War II and was taken over by the Admiralty, to be used as a depot for naval storage. After the war, it was taken over and re-opened by Lou Morris, and he sold it to the Newcastle upon Tyne based Essoldo chain in 1947. The Hippodrome Cinema was closed on 1st August 1955.

The building was demolished in 1970, and a bank was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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