Hippodrome Cinema, Connah’s Quay.

Hippodrome Cinema

126 High Street,

Connah’s Quay, CH5 4DF

HIPPODROME Cinema, High Street, Connah’s Quay

Arthur Correlli opened the 700 seat Hippodrome Cinema during 1910 by Arthur Correlli.

It operated as a silent cinema until 1930 when the British Acoustic sound system was installed.  By this time the cinema was owned by local businessmen T. Williams, A. Davies, G. Davies and Mr Summerton, who formed the Enterprise Cinema Company.

 

 

HIPPODROME. Connah’s Quay

 

 

 

The surprisingly sleek modern design of the HIPPODROME’S interior

 

As the original frontage was clad in corrugated tin sheeting it was decided around 1935 that a refurbished Art Deco style brick front would replace it.

The small proscenium opening restricted the screen size to just 16’x12′. The original sound system was replaced by Imperial Sound equipment.

The Hippodrome Cinema closed in May 1962. The last film to be shown at the Hippodrome was The Innocents, which starred Deborah Kerr.

The last projectionist at the Hippodrome cinema, Connah’s Quay was Steve Williams. When the Hippodrome cinema closed Mr Williams became a relief projectionist at the Alhambra cinema until that shut down in 1967.  Sometime later the Art Deco brick frontage became unsafe and was demolished. It then  reverted back to sheet cladding on the building which is now used as a furniture retail business.

A recent view of the HIPPODROME site

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