Believe it or not, Dudley Hippodrome was once one of the most highly regarded Variety Theatres in the UK…..
As a ‘Show-Girl’ she closed her doors for the last time in 1964, but then for a brief period operated as a casino and until recently as a bingo hall…..How are the mighty fallen.
Now, the sad old lady seems almost definitely destined for the wrecking ball, campaigners to save the building and see her once again put her best foot forward and open as a theatre, having failed to convince the local council that preservation is credible.
The wrecking ball has yet to arrive, but it look’s like she’s heard the news and is slowly decomposing all on her ownsome.
Gradually peeling away, layer by layer, you occasionally glimpse a little bit of her history….Recently revealed, this sign over the main doors hadn’t been seen since the late sixties.
Show me a gambler and I’ll show you a fool, but I can’t help hoping she gets one last roll of the dice……
Click either image to see them larger…I can’t decide whether I prefer the colour or monochrome version.
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde