Where and What Was the Hippodrome?

Opened in 1905, the Hippodrome on Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets was billed as the largest theater in the world, seating 5,200 with a stage twelve times larger than any Broadway counterpart. Unfortunately, large crowds were offset by high operating costs and the growing popularity of motion pictures over live performance. The theater was eventually razed in 1939.

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