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Hippodrome (1880 - 1956) (Keighley)



  • Existence: 1880 - 1956
  • Usage: 1909 - 1956
  • Usage: 1880 - 1888
  • Usage: 1889 - 1899
  • Usage: 1900 - 1909


The first music hall theatre built in Keighley was the Keighley Theatre in Queen Street, established in 1880 by Abraham Kershaw. Before the construction of the purpose built theatre, variety reviews were traditionally presented in the Britannia Hall. During the years that followed the theatre enjoyed fluctuating success and changed management several times. By the late 1880s the original theatre underwent comprehensive reconstruction and reopened in 1889 as the Queen’s Theatre.

However, the theatre soon became inadequate and was once again remodelled into the New Queen's Theatre, which opened its doors on 3 February 1900. Despite its success the theatre changed ownership several times between 1900 and 1913 and by 1909 it had also been renamed the Hippodrome Theatre.

The Keighley Hippodrome closed in 1956 and was demolished in 1961.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Handby Celeine Collection

Reference code: NFA0107
Scope and Contents

Posters, photographs, programmes, 1 piece of sheet music for six instruments and a small amount of business records and correspondence relating to the dancing and burlesque comedy on skates.

Dates: c1920 - 1945; 2020

Hippodrome Theatre Poster, Week commencing 28 February c1930 - 1939

Reference code: 178R38.7
Scope and Contents

Keighley. Gillespie’s productions present Pick O’ the Pack comedy, music and dancing with Four Smith Bros, M’dlle Beate Bradna dancer, Handby Celeine Tio in modern skating, McKenzie & Doroth, Molly St. Clair, Diane & D’Milde in harmony and rythm, Jim Jessiman. Black and red type on yellow background with stripey black border and playing card symbols in the corners.

Dates: Week commencing 28 February c1930 - 1939

Posters, c1920 - 1939

Reference code: 178R38
Scope and Contents

British theatre posters presenting Handby Celeine acts among others.

Dates: c1920 - 1939