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Former Hippodrome Theatre

A Grade II Listed Building in Colchester, Essex

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Latitude: 51.8901 / 51°53'24"N

Longitude: 0.9 / 0°53'59"E

OS Eastings: 599655

OS Northings: 225257

OS Grid: TL996252

Mapcode National: GBR SN5.DCC

Mapcode Global: VHKFZ.KR4F

Plus Code: 9F32VVRX+2X

Entry Name: Former Hippodrome Theatre

Listing Date: 23 May 1985

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1110907

English Heritage Legacy ID: 117277

Location: Castle, Colchester, Essex, CO1

County: Essex

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Built-Up Area: Colchester

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Colchester St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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5/540 (A)
(North Side)
TL 9925SE
Former Hippodrome Theatre


Theatre. 1905, by J W Start, architect, as the Grand Theatre, incorporating a recon-
struction of an 1889 theatre by Frank Matcham. Red brick with stone and stucco dressings.
Slated roofs. 3 storey with attic. Asymmetrical Edwardian Baroque facade. 4 equal
width easterly bays, one double width west bay. Ground floor altered c 1960. First
floor has one west bay window, 3 dentral pedimented windows, one east roundel. Second
floor has one segmental headed west window, 3 central round arch headed windows,
one east roundel. First floor brick pilaster divisions with stone rustication blocks,
second floor paried stone pilasters, each with entablature broken forward. Central
segmental pediment attic with 3 rounded openings and "Grand Theatre" lettering.
Interior: Nec-Rococo style decoration in gilt and painted plaster. First and second
floor galleries with bowed horse-shoe gallery front. First floor boxes on either
side of proscenium with piers and ogee headed arches, second floor round headed arches.
Flat proscenium and distinctive ceiling possibly by Hoffmann of Vienna has outer
ribbed shell section, inner shell with cartouche coat of arms with 2 reclining muses.
Included because of the importance of the surviving theatre auditorium and galleries.

Listing NGR: TL9965525257

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