- See also: London Hippodrome.
Hippodrome Theatre (aka New York Hippodrome) stood in New York City from 1905 to 1939, at 6th and 43rd/44th, on the site of what is now a large modern office building known as "The Hippodrome Center" (1120 Avenue of the Americas), in the Theater District of Midtown Manhattan. It was called the world's largest theatre by its builders and held 6,000 with a 100x200-ft (30x61-m) stage and a rising glass water tank.
The most popular vaudeville artists of the day, including Harry Houdini, performed at the Hippodrome during its heyday. In 1918, on the brightly-lit stage of the Hippodrome, Houdini made an elephant disappear. He created a sensation when he fired a pistol and Jennie vanished from view. The Hippodrome was also the site of Harry Kellar's last public performance in 1917, during a World War I benefit featuring members of the Society of American Magicians.
The Hippodrome's huge running costs made it a perennial financial failure, and a series of producers tried and failed to make money from the theater. It became a location for Vaudeville productions in 1923 before being leased for budget opera performances, finally becoming a sports arena.
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