An electric atmosphere
How well I remember my evenings at the Hippodrome. My parents were true theatre-goers and I remember them taking me to the shows. There always seemed to be a buzz about the place from the moment you arrived at the entrance, the atmosphere was electric, very warm and inviting. We would sit and wait for the start of the evening’s performance, the lights would dim, the spotlights would light up the stage curtains and you would hear the pit orchestra play the introductory music. The sounds would fill you with excitement and the show would commence, usually with the chorus line.
A galaxy of star names
The shows I remember seeing were Laurel and Hardy, Norman Evans, with his chat ‘Over the garden wall’, Max Wall, Frankie Howard, Billy Cotton and his band, Norman Vaughan, Max Miller, Ronnie Ronalde whose signature song was ”If I were a blackbird“. I saw Larry Adler, he gave out mini mouth organs to most of the audience then gave us instruction how to play a tune with him leading the tune. I also remember seeing Jimmy Edwards, Dave King, and Vic Oliver. The last visits I made I think were to see Frankie Vaughan, and Helen Shapiro. Sad to see the Hippodrome go to ruin.
Help save the Hippodrome
There is a petition on Brighton and Hove Council website for anyone who opposes the current plans to turn the building into yet another multi-screen cinema. Help to save this essential part of the rich history of entertainment in Brighton. You can sign the petition here.