The most important unused theatre in the UK
Hippodrome facade c1922


Key facts
about the Hippodrome

It was Grade II* listed by English Heritage in 1985.

It has not been in use since 2006, when the bingo hall closed.

Included in the Theatres Trust's register of Theatres at Risk from its inception in 2007—and number one each year since 2013.

It is in Historic England's highest at-risk category, as is the whole of the Old Town Conservation Area.

Footfall in Middle Street is very limited.


1897 • Ellis and Humphrey Brammall
1902 • Thomas Barrasford
1910 • Variety Theatres Controlling Company
1928 • General Theatre Corporation (GTC)
      becomes subsidiary of Gaumont-British Picture Corporation
1932 • GTC merged with Moss' Empires
1964 • Associated TeleVision (ATV) acquires Stoll Theatres Corporation and Moss' Empires (Stoll Moss)
1966 • ATV acquired by Associated Communications Corporation
1967 • Mecca Bingo and Social Club (lessee)
2003 • London Merchant Securities (LMS)
      LMS later renamed Derwent London
2007 • Academy Music Group (lessee)
2007 • Cheval Properties
      included in portfolio of Kuig Property Investments (no 6)
2015 • Academy Music Group
2017 • Hippodrome Investments
2020 • Matsim Properties

Brighton & Hove City Council policy statements about the Hippodrome.
Image: The Hippodrome facade c1922

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