Wednesday 4 April 1923

After tea went to Hippodrome Nottm.


Nottm refers to Nottingham.

The Hippodrome was a cinema in Nottingham. Opened in 1906, it was taken over by the Provincial Cinematograph Theatres (PCT) chain in 1927, which in 1929, was taken over by Gaumont. It was re-named Gaumont in 1948 and was closed in 1971. It was demolished in 1973 and replaced by an office block (see Chapter 21).

Based on an advert in the South Notts Echo of 31 March 1923, it seems that grandad went to see a show called “Punch” which was presented by L Poole. It was described as a pot-pourri of stars including Pimple, Blake and Granby, Joe Evans, Rhoda Ring, Eva Crawford and Brothers Walsh. Pimple was a silent film and music hall character played by Fred Evans. He often appeared with his brother Joe Evans who also scripted his films. It seems the show was touring. I found other adverts for it, including one from Preston at the end of April 1923.

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