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Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Waco Theatre

 
 
Waco Theatre Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
1. Waco Theatre Marker
Inscription.  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.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1983

 
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5694.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
 
Location. 31° 33.282′ N, 97° 8.046′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is at the intersection of Austin Avenue and North 8th Street, on the left when traveling west on Austin Avenue. The marker is located on a side wall near the entrance to the theater. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 724 Austin Avenue, Waco TX 76701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stratton Stricker Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F & A.M. (approx. 0.2 miles away); McLennan County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Courthouses of McLennan County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alico Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Waco Tornado (approx. ¼ mile away); Katy Park (approx. ¼ mile away); The Old Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
 
Also see . . .  Hippodrome Theatre. Waco History
For many years, the Hippodrome served as a hub of downtown entertainment. Locals came to know the theater managed by J. P. Harrison and well-known theater entrepreneur Earl Henry Hulsey as “Hulsey’s Hipp.” Vaudeville troupes and silent films filled the theater’s early bills. As the popularity of moving pictures steadily grew, the Hippodrome—an affiliate of Paramount Pictures—steadily began to replace live acts with silent films. Source: Amanda Sawyer
(Submitted on August 8, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Waco Theatre Marker under the theater awning image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse
2. The Waco Theatre Marker under the theater awning
The Waco Theatre image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2022
3. The Waco Theatre
The view of the Waco Theatre from across the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse
4. The view of the Waco Theatre from across the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 8, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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