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Waco Hippodrome Theatre


2003 Photo from the Adam Martin collection.
724 Austin Ave
Waco TX
(254) 296-9000

Visit Website Dining or Bar Available National Register 1983
Record #9982  
 Opened: February 7, 1914
Capacity: 1300 seats
Architect(s):
Architectural Style(s): Mediterranean Revival
National Register: 1983
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Hippodrome, Waco
 Previously operated by: ABC Interstate Theatres

Originally a two-story dark brick building with classical detailing, this theatre opened in 1914 as the Hippodrome, managed by a group of Waco businessmen headed by T.P. Finnegan, it was used for silent movies, traveling vaudeville shows, and a variety of civic events. After a minor fire in 1928, the structure was enlarged and remodeled in the present Mediterranean Revival style. It reopened the following year as the Waco Theatre.

The original auditorium is now used for events and live performances. There is a roll-down screen enabling the showing of movies. The balcony can be partitioned off as a separate event room with its own roll-down screen.

Three auditoriums were built in the building next door for regular movie showings along with additional event spaces on the second floor.

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May 2020 photos from the Adam Martin collection.


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May 2020 photos from the Emma Tomiak collection.


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September 2003 photos from the Adam Martin collection.


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September 2003 photos from the Bob Meza collection.


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Last featured 5/31/2020. Last edited 5/31/2020.


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