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Report - The Hulme Hippodrome Theatre - Manchester - Oct 2011

Discussion in 'Theatres and Cinemas' started by Speed, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. Speed

    Speed Got Epic?
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    I always knew it would be good in there but i wasn't expecting these levels of epicness!

    Let me explain what's going on. A church has been using the smallish entrance hall for quite a few years now. Id been in there before to ask for a look but had been told a polite No. Recently however a group called the Youth Village have started a project to bring more of the building back into use as what is probably best described as a community centre, although as im sure the groups leader Tony would tell you its going to be much more then that! Tony has to be the soundest bloke to ever let me look around anywhere. After knocking a few emails back and forth he invited me up for a look and Me, Dweeb and OT popped up Saturday morning with an air of excitement in our step! After a few mins of chatting about the various plans the doors were flung open and we were told 'you have all day if you like' amazing! I must say i think the group are pretty brave to take on such a project but Tony seemed pretty determined to succeed and asked me to pass on the message to people who would be interested in helping out.

    So here you go. tony@theyouthvillage.org Get involved!

    Now, onto the place itself. As always the Theatres Trust give a fairly good, yet still confusing account of its history.

    To be honest i find it a little hard to follow exactly whats gone on with the place over the years but it seemed to me as if the Hippodrome had been the original theatre with the two halls, one of which now used by the church, as an extension on one side and the playhouse, unfortunately not accessible on this visit (believe me i tried) as an extension on the other. What is left however is simply stunning. The auditorium plasterwork is almost totally intact and has an instant 'wow' factor, what was equally as good however (as allways) was the hidden little gems. The follow spot projectors, massive arc rectifiers and countless awesome little rooms tucked away in strange and confusing places.

    Yes to the Hulme Hippodrome! Cheers to all involved



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