The Hippodrome

The Hippodrome Theatre stood on Dovecot Street and was built in 1905.  The original building burnt down in 1932 before being rebuilt and reopened in 1933.  It ran primarily as a cinema before returning to live theatre use in 1948.  In 1969 it was renamed the Essoldo Cinema, then the Classic in 1972.  The building closed for good in 1996, being demolished and replaced by the Arc arts centre.

Our collection of programmes from the Hippodrome have been digitised and made available online.  The majority of the collection comes from the 1950s and provides a tremendous insight into how the people of Stockton-on-Tees entertained themselves during the post-war period, and how regional repertory theatre operated.  Click on any of the images below to view the full programme.

1948 See How They Run
1948 Love's a Luxury
1948 Fools Rush In
1948 Tons of Money
1948 Rebecca
1948 The Cure For Love
The Shop at Sly Corner
Why Men Leave Home
smilin through
My Wifes_Family
The Guinea Pig
Sarah Ann Holds Fast
The Pay off
present laughter
What Ann Brought home
The Man In His Possession
Fly away Peter
Artificial Silk
Dracula
The Family Upstairs
Seperate Rooms
Fifty Fifty
The night of January 16th
The Perfect Woman
Are you a Mason
The Rotters
French Without tears
The Cat and the Canary
My mother had Three Sons
Room for Two
The Age of Youth
Bed board and Romance
The Happiest days of your life
Never Stops
Money to Burn
Too young to Marry
Storm in a Port
The Giocanda Smile
On the Spot
The Patsy
The Chinese Bungalow
Three Blind Mice
The Unguarded Hour
Once  Bitten Twice Shy
Honeymoon Beds
Deep are the Roots
the unfair Sex
Young Wives Tale
Sweethearts and Wives
The Lady of the Camellias
Variety
Little Red Riding Hood
Variety
Variety
charley's uncle
Husbands Don't count
Desire in the Night
Life Begins at Fifty
The case of the frightened Lady
My Wifes Lodger
Are widows Dangerous
Our Family
Born Yesterday
King of the Castle
The Man
I want to get married
Music for Murder
The Letter
The School for husbands
nothing But the Truth
The outsider
The Hollow
Freindly Relations
Wild Horses
The Way of a Wife
The way of a life
September Tide
Daughter of My house
The Man in Grey
Variety
No No Nanette
Variety
Variety
Variety
Old Mother Riley In Paris
The Passing of the third floor back
Simple Simons Baby
Four Winds
The man with expensive tastes
Glad Tidings
The Loving Elms
welcome on the mat
Anastasia
Job for the boy
The Deep Blue Sea
The Gentle Rain
The age of Consent
Can this be love
Its a Boy
Dial M for Murder
For Better for worse